The Western Conference is supposed to be the buttoned-down, defensively superior side of the NHL compared to the loose, semi-soft Eastern Conference. If anything else, the Phoenix Coyotes seemed like they would never be a part of a shooting gallery (unless they had a meltdown and the “shooting” was particularly one-sided.)
Yet, that’s exactly what happened amid an amazing atmosphere in Arizona. The Red Wings and Coyotes combined for a dizzying five goals in four minutes during the second period of what would ultimately be a 7-4 Detroit win. Let’s not forget that Henrik Zetterberg was one of the stars of last night’s action, either, with a hat trick to help remind the hockey world that he’s still one of the sport’s best.
So, let’s assume that the Edmonton Oilers and Winnipeg Jets will eventually play in the 2016 Heritage Classic at Investors Group Field on Sunday.
Every indication is that Cam Talbot and Connor Hellebuyck shall get the nods for their respective teams. Most assume, with the firepower on hand, that this could be a high-scoring game.
Hellebuyck isn’t flustered about all the goals the Jets have allowed so far, as he told NHL.com.
“It’s not something you’re really worried about,” Hellebuyck said. “It’s early in the year, it happens to a lot of teams. If you look at the trends in the past 10 years, there’s always a lot of goals being scored at the beginning of the year.”
The Winnipeg Jets host the Edmonton Oilers at the 2016 Heritage Classic at Investors Group Field this afternoon. You can watch it on NHL Network, Sportsnet, TVA Sports 2 or NHL.tv at 3 p.m. ET.
With that in mind, let’s get prepped with super-important stats about unhealthy food, interesting photos and fun facts.
Want to get an in-depth look at the rivalry between the Jets and the Oilers? NHL.com and Sportsnet both have some great retrospectives.
The CBC notes that there was rain ending in the morning but it’s expected to be cloudy. Overall, sounds like a nice climate for an outdoor hockey game. NHL.com’s Nick Cotsonika wonders if the sun’s glare might cause some issues.