The Jets fly into the Twin Cities, and have a good opportunity to bounce back from a tough loss in Chicago last night. Minnesota is one of those teams who is hanging around in the Central, and keeps moving in and out of a wildcard spot.
You know they would love to make up some ground in the division, especially against a division rival in the Winnipeg Jets.
Winnipeg Jets (26-12-7)
Minnesota Wild (23-17-4)
January 13, 2018 – Puck drop: 6:00 PM CST
Xcel Energy Center – Saint Paul, MN.
TV: City, SN1 – Radio: TSN 1290
Recently for the Jets…
The Jets are coming off their first regulation loss in 7 games, as they lost 2-1 to Chicago last night. That point streak was one of a few that ended last night, as the team and players alike had a few streaks going. One of the more impressive players over the last while, Blake Wheeler, has his 7-game point streak snapped, and the Jets streak of 6 straight with a powerplay goal. While last night may have been a night of streak endings, wouldn’t it be nice if a few streaks could start? With Patrik Laine’s beautiful snipe last night, he has now scored in 2 straight games.
Recently for the Wild…
The Wild last played on Wednesday against the very same Blackhawks, and came out on top with, oddly enough, a 2-1 win. Aside from that, they’ve seemingly been up and down the last couple weeks. This is the last game before the bye-week for Minnesota, but the recent trend for them is the points put up by Mikael Granlund. The Finn has 9 points in his last 7 games, including a hat trick against Nashville. He has been one of the more consistent Wild forwards, along with along with Eric Staal. Staal has been held pointless for the last 2 games, so he will be looking to get going offensively.
Recently between the two teams…
In the 3 times these teams have met this season, the Jets have come out on top. These games are usually close, with two of the three this season being decided by only 1 goal. However, their last meeting ended up rather lopsided, with the Jets coming out on top 7-2. This is the 4th and final meeting between the two teams.
Winnipeg Jets Lines
Kyle Connor – Blake Wheeler – Patrik Laine
Mathieu Perreault – Bryan Little – Nikolaj Ehlers
Shawn Matthias – Andrew Copp – Joel Armia
Marko Dano – Matt Hendricks – Jack Roslovic
Josh Morrissey – Jacob Trouba
Dmitry Kulikov – Tyler Myers
Toby Enstrom – Dustin Byfuglien
Connor Hellebuyck – Michael Hutchinson
Minnesota Wild Lines
Jason Zucker-Mikko Koivu-Mikael Granlund
Zach Parise-Eric Staal-Charlie Coyle
Tyler Ennis-Joel Eriksson Ek-Chris Stewart
Marcus Foligno-Matt Cullen-Daniel Winnik
Ryan Suter- Jared Spurgeon
Jonas Brodin-Matt Dumba
Gustav Olofsson-Nate Prosser
Devan Dubnyk – Alex Stalock
The Jets have played very well against the Wild this year, and I don’t expect that to change. With most games between these two teams ending by a 1 goal difference, I would think that theme stays true. Jets win 4-3.
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