Edmonton Oilers’ penalty killing unit continues to crush it despite major personnel changes

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Bruce McCurdy  •  Edmonton Journal

Edmonton Oilers’ Darnell Nurse (25) checks Winnipeg Jets’ Kyle Connor (81) during the second period of NHL North Division playoff action at Rogers Place in Edmonton, on Wednesday, May 19, 2021. Photo by Ian Kucerak /Postmedia Article content Game Day 15: Edmonton at Winnipeg

Edmonton Oilers will close out their five-game eastern road trip tonight with something to prove against the club that abruptly ended their playoff hopes six months ago. The Winnipeg Jets had Edmonton’s number last May, winning four straight games, the last three of them in overtime.

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The Oilers have undergone significant changes since Winnipeg’s Kyle Connor ended that series after 46:52 of overtime in Game 4. Tonight’s visitors will dress no fewer than 9 players who didn’t participate in that contest. Gone are forwards Alex Chiasson, Tyler Ennis, Gaetan Haas and Jujhar Khaira along with defencemen Ethan Bear and Adam Larsson. Goaltender Mike Smith and forward Devin Shore are on injured reserve, while d-man Kris Russell will be a not-necessarily-healthy scratch tonight after taking another one for the team in Sunday night’s pulsating 5-4 win in St. Louis.

The Oilers return to Winnipeg with their identity as a special teams monster still intact. Both units have been a major plus for the team during…

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