Stan Szeto, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Ken Hitchcock
Betting odds: Edmonton Oilers at Winnipeg Jets
- Oilers moneyline: +155
- Jets moneyline: -180
- Over/Under: 6
- Puck drop: 8 p.m. ET
The Edmonton Oilers and Winnipeg Jets are both rolling right now. The Jets are 7-3-0 in their last 10 games while the Oilers are just a hair better at 7-2-1.
Winning seven of 10 shouldn’t be anything new to the Jets, they were among the preseason favorites to win the West after making it to the conference finals last season, but the same can’t be said of the Oilers.
Edmonton endured a sluggish start to the season, which led to a coaching change, replacing Todd McLellan with been-around-the-block Ken Hitchcock.
The change in leadership was derided at first, Hitchcock is an old-school coach in a new-school league, but it has paid off so far. In 11 games under Hitchcock, the Oil are 8-2-1 and, as he’s want to do, Hitchcock has turned the Oilers into a well-structured unit and that has led to improved performances from Edmonton’s goalies.