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David Staples Edmonton Journal

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Jan 25, 202110 hours ago 6 minute read

Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is not able to control a bouncing puck in front of Winnipeg Jets goaltender Laurent Brossoit in Winnipeg on Jan. 24, 2021. Image by Kevin King/ Postmedia

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Simply a substantial win for the Edmonton Oilers.

Huge due to the fact that they’re now one great game from being a real.500 group.

Huge since Jesse Puljujarvi had his best video game as an Oiler, putting an exclamation mark on his go back to Edmonton.

And substantial due to the fact that at a couple of points in the video game the Oilers looked like they were going to let this one slip away.

Edmonton should have the win, getting 16 Grade An opportunities to 11 for the Jets ( running count).

Connor McDavid, 9. He and the Oilers refused to lose. He made essential plays on 10 Oilers Grade A chances, consisting of the winning and connecting goals. Likewise assisted jam the net on Edmonton’s first goal, after setting up Puljujarvi in the slot in the very first. Fantastic moves and pass to set up Yamamoto’s objective late in 3rd, then wash, repeat on Draisaitl’s winner.

Jesse Puljujarvi, 9. His best game as an Edmonton Oiler? I believe so. What a difference a promotion and a new centre makes. He made significant contributions to nine Grade A possibilities. He came out strong in the very first, working his heart out on the forecheck and battling in front of the opposition’s web. Almost scored on an early shift after a sweet McDavid feed into the low slot. Followed up in the 2nd with his best play of the year, winning the puck at the Winnipeg blueline, taking it difficult to the internet, and after that jamming away with RNH till it entered into the Jets’ internet. One shift later on he swooped down low to win and centre a puck for two nasty McDavid point blank shots, then he found McDavid at the side of web, who passed to RNH for a hellacious opportunity that Winnipeg goalie Laurent Brossoit in some way stopped. He went hard to the web and drew a penalty that resulted in the winning goal. He got his possibility on that very same power play and practically scored on a dashing rush. He screened the goalie on Drai’s game winner. If we get 17: 33 minutes of this kind of Puljujarvi every night that would be sweet.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, 7. He went hard to the net and scored on Edmonton’s very first objective. Solid video game but he was eclipsed in this one by his linemates.

Leon Draisaitl, 7. Fantastic shot to win the video game. Un-frakking-believable. He also made an essential hand down Edmonton’s important third goal. I bumped his mark up four complete grades due to those 2 plays. For all those heroics, this was not one of his better protective video games. He wandered excessive on defence and it practically cost his team. Early in the first he turned over the puck and was slow relocating to assist in front of the internet on defence, adding to Winnipeg’s very first Grade A chance of the video game. He made a strong rush half-way through that exact same period that fired up Edmonton’s first good chance to rating. His lame fly-by in the defensive slot late in the first contributed to Morrissey’s unsafe chance.

Dominik Kahun, 4. On Winnipeg’s cancelled objective in the very first, he and Tyson Barrie got blended in their protective protection, permitting Ehlers to walk into the slot for an outside shot. He failed to cover Ehlers in the slot on the video game connecting objective.

Kailer Yamamoto, 7. Ferocious back inspect and strong protective stop on a hurrying Nicolaj Ehlers early in the. Nearly scored on a power play jam shot off a Draisaitl rebound in the second. A minute later on he and Kahun jammed away at the puck after Ethan Bear put it into the slot, Yamomoto almost jamming it in. Jammed in the Edmonton’s essential third goal off a fantastic McDavid feed. Outstanding finish on that one, as he had the ability to get it over Brossoit’s pad.

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Kyle Turris, 4. He stopped working to take the shooter, Adam Lowery, in the slot on Winnipeg’s first objective. He also enabled the lose consciousness to Perreault on Mason Appleton’s scary opportunity in the 2nd. Ripped a great goal in the second, just when he truly needed that sort of increase. He let up for a moment in the third and permitted a cross-seam pass that Ehlers slammed into the internet for the 3rd Jets’ goal.

Zack Kassian, 5. Tossed a difficult hit early in the very first, which was good to see. Led the team with five hits, also good to see. However he and Ennis made a terrible line modification late in the first, causing a wide-open Winnipeg Grade A shot on the rush. After getting little done, he established Turris’ snipe.

Tyler Ennis. 3. He’s not getting it done, not finding a house. In the 2nd duration, Ennis and Kassian allowed Mathieu Perrault to come right down the slot for a Grade An opportunity. Was bumped down to the fourth line this video game.

Devin Coast, 4. He made a turnover in the n-zone late in the first that caused an unsafe Winnipeg rush. He had a good rush down the boards early in the 2nd. In the third he allowed Jansen Harkins into the slot for a hazardous shot, then made an undecided pass into the defensive slot, which Larsson nearly turned over.

James Neal, 6. He won a battle to begin a scoring chance series in the 2nd. A short time later he drop passed to Kassian in the sequence that caused Turris’ goal. He got moved up to Turris’ line and worked a cycle with Turris and Kassian in the 3rd that almost saw Neal jam one in. He looked great on the power play late in the game.

Josh Archibald, 4. Quiet video game, too quiet for a forward.

Ethan Bear, 7. His video game is back in sync. He got beat by Scheifele on a rush to the Edmonton web in the second. He and Nurse failed to shut down a nasty one-handed pointer off the rush by Ehlers in the third. General played well in tough scenarios.

Darnell Nurse, 7. Has played like a No. 1 d-man these last three video games, a genuine No. 1 d-man. Not a perfect video game, but an extremely solid one. He turned over a puck in the second resulting in an iffy moment in his own zone, but quickly recovered by deflecting a lose consciousness of risk, then tossing. a lower arm shiver to bash a Jet assailant into the boards. Made a solid block on a hand down a Jets power play in the 2nd. The power play finally looked great when he took over from Barrie.

Adam Larsson, 7. He had a strong, tough and efficient stick on defence all video game. Made a strong play to eliminate an Ehlers focusing pass late in the very first. Not one major error on a Grade A chance versus at even strength all game, even as the team was frequently under heavy pressure when he was out there.

Slater Koekkoek. 6. He’s become a Steady Eddie of the Oil’s blueline. He made a fantastic sliding obstructed shot on Perreault in the slot in the 2nd.

Kris Russell. 6. Solid, wise protective play the entire video game. Had a misfortune deflection in the slot fly into his own internet. That’s got ta hurt.

Tyson Barrie. 4. He made four significant mistakes on Grade A chances against at even strength, so not his sharpest video game back there. On the power play in the first he struck Draisaitl in the skates on a pass, part of the detach we’re seeing on the power play. He stopped working to cover his guy, Mason Appleton, on a dangerous, unsafe, dangerous shot in the second.

Mikko Koskinen, 6. He was a bit too sluggish getting across the internet on Winnipeg’s very first goal. He came up with a substantial save off Josh Morrissey later in the very first after Ennis and Kassian’s rancid line modification. He wasn’t checked much in the 2nd, however developed a whale of a conserve off Mason Appleton. I can’t fault him on either third duration objective. Played well enough for Oilers to win.

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