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JNGD.S8.G38 Flight Plan: Gettin’ Wild Over the Holidays

The Winnipeg Jets are wrapping up their two game homestand as they take on the Wild this afternoon. This will be the final home game of 2018 and it’s been quite the year in Winnipeg. The Christmas break wasn’t kind to either team and both of them are looking to rebound after losing their first game back from the Christmas break. These two have met once so far this season and it was Minnesota who came out on top with a 4-2 victory on November 23.

Minnesota Wild (17-16-3)
@
Winnipeg Jets (24-11-2)

December 29, 2018 – Puck drop: 3:00 PM CST
Bell MTS Place – Winnipeg, MB
TV: CBC – Radio: TSN 1290

VS CHI: 5-2 LOSS Last Game VS CGY: 4-1 LOSS
0-4-1 (5 L) Last 5 Games 3-2-0 (1 L)
ZACH PARISE – 16 Goal Leader PATRIK LAINE – 23
MIKAEL GRANLUND – 25 Assist Leader BLAKE WHEELER – 43
MIKAEL GRANLUND – 36 Points Leader MARK SCHEIFELE – 49
22.50% (10TH) The Power Play 28.20% (3RD)
85.30% (2ND) The Penalty Kill 82.10% (10TH)
DEVIN DUBNYK
(12-13-3 / .911 SV%)
Starting Goalie CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
(16-10-1 / .909 SV%)
L VS CHI (7-10 / .700 SV%) Last Goalie Start L VS CGY (25-28) / (.893 SV%)
7-10-0 ON ROAD Road v Home Record 13-5-2 AT HOME

Wild Player To Watch

#22 Nino Niederreiter – Right Wing

Although Niederreiter has been held pointless in his last five games, he is a good candidate to bounce back against the Jets. Earlier this season, he had a goal and an assist in the victory over Winnipeg. Historically he’s near the 0.5 points per game mark and will have an opportunity to end his point-less drought this afternoon.

Niederreiter career NHL statistics
Scor Scor Scor Shot Shot Shot Ice
Season Tm GP G A PTS +/- PIM S S% TSA ATOI BLK HIT TK GV
2010-11 NYI 9 1 1 2 -1 8 12 8.3 19 13:36 1 16 5 5
2011-12 NYI 55 1 0 1 -29 12 74 1.4 120 10:07 14 129 21 13
2013-14 MIN 81 14 22 36 12 44 143 9.8 227 14:06 23 175 37 24
2014-15 MIN 80 24 13 37 2 28 149 16.1 273 14:33 32 155 28 16
2015-16 MIN 82 20 23 43 9 36 159 12.6 269 15:33 19 129 35 23
2016-17 MIN 82 25 32 57 17 53 186 13.4 295 15:04 20 120 32 27
2017-18 MIN 63 18 14 32 14 36 133 13.5 219 15:00 20 58 26 21
2018-19 MIN 36 7 11 18 -9 8 66 10.6 109 14:51 13 32 18 15
6 yrs MIN 424 108 115 223 45 205 836 12.9 1392 14:51 127 669 176 126
2 yrs NYI 64 2 1 3 -30 20 86 2.3 139 10:36 15 145 26 18
Career 8 yrs 488 110 116 226 15 225 922 11.9 1531 14:17 142 814 202 144

Last Wild Game

The game started close as the Blackhawks and Wild traded goals in the first period. After that, it was all Chicago as Patrick Kane had a hat-trick to lead the Hawks to victory. Dubnyk struggled in this one and got pulled after giving up three goals on ten shots. Stalock didn’t fare much better as he also let in two goals and the Wild fell 5-2.

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Wild Notes

  • The biggest news for the Wild is the recent injury to Matt Dumba. He’s reportedly out for the next three months after surgery on his pectoralis muscle.
  • From Gone Puck Wild: Is Granlund the only option for NHL All-Star Game?
  • The Wild head home after their game against the Jets. They play the Penguins on Monday before heading on a four game eastern road trip against Leafs, Sens, Habs, and Bruins

Jets Player To Watch

#81Kyle Connor – Left Wing

It’s been a tough few weeks for Kyle Connor who has now gone seven straight games without a point. In the entire month of December he only has three goals and one assist in thirteen games. This is a great opportunity to bounce back as the Wild have lost five straight games and have also recently lost defensmen Matt Dumba to injury. With a depleted defense and the team not playing well, Connor could have a great game against the Wild.

Kyle Connor career NHL statistics
Scor Scor Scor Shot Shot Shot Ice
Season Tm GP G A PTS +/- PIM S S% TSA ATOI BLK HIT TK GV
2016-17 WPG 20 2 3 5 -7 4 24 8.3 41 12:13 8 1 11 5
2017-18 WPG 76 31 26 57 8 16 192 16.1 288 16:54 26 18 39 34
2018-19 WPG 37 13 15 28 -3 6 110 11.8 172 18:50 7 4 32 17
Career 3 yrs 133 46 44 90 -2 26 326 14.1 501 16:44 41 23 82 56

Last Jets Game

The first game back after Christmas is always tough, and both the Jets and Flames had trouble finding the back of the net. Although the score was 4-1, it was a 2-1 game until the dying minutes when the Flames scored shorthanded to make it 3-1. Johnny Hockey scored the empty net goal for his fourth career hat-trick and his first in over three years. Weirdly enough, all four of Gaudreau’s hat-tricks have come in the month of December with two of them on the same day, December 22 2014, and December 22, 2015.

Jets Notes

  • Dustin Byfuglien has been fined for his slash on Johnny Gaudreau who was racing towards the empty net. It was a needless play from Buff who acted out of frustration at the game more than anything else.
  • The concussion protocol is under scrutiny once again as Hellebuyck took a knee to the side of the head. He had his head down on the ice for quite a while and it prompted many people to wonder if he should have been taken out of the game for concussion testing. He stayed in the game after getting looked at by the trainer but did not get formally tested right after the incident.
  • The Jets are set to finally leave Winnipeg after enjoying nearly a week at home for the holidays. They are off to Edmonton for a New Year’s Eve showdown before heading to the opposite side of North America to take on the Penguins. It’s a very odd two game road trip and they will likely be able to come back to Winnipeg in between as they play on December 31 and then on January 4.
  • Both Adam Lowry and Andrew Copp returned to action last game against the Flames. It’s a good sight to see as Copp has been sidelined for several weeks with concussion symptoms. Adam Lowry had a great game in his return and notched the only goal for Winnipeg.

Player ratings courtesy Corsica.Hockey

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including power play and penalty kill lines by checking out our line combo page.

Minnesota Wild Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Jason Zucker
JASON ZUCKER

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Rating: 77.7#17 LW

Eric Staal
ERIC STAAL

Rating: 80.4#15 C

Mikael Granlund
MIKAEL GRANLUND

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Rating: 78.4#29 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 78.83#14 FL1
Zach Parise
ZACH PARISE

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Rating: 75.5#28 LW

Charlie Coyle
CHARLIE COYLE

Rating: 71.2#135 C

Luke Kunin
LUKE KUNIN

Rating: 70.6#92 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 72.42#24 FL2
Jordan Greenway
JORDAN GREENWAY

Rating: 71.6#78 LW

Mikko Koivu
MIKKO KOIVU

Rating: 74.1#56 C

Nino Niederreiter
NINO NIEDERREITER

Rating: 75.0#41 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 73.55#7 FL3
Marcus Foligno
MARCUS FOLIGNO

Rating: 69.0#123 LW

Eric Fehr
ERIC FEHR

Rating: 69.1#109 C

J.T. Brown
J.T. BROWN

Rating: 69.1#110 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.07#30 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Ryan Suter
RYAN SUTER

Rating: 79.6#6 LD

Jared Spurgeon
JARED SPURGEON

Rating: 77.9#15 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 78.73#3 DL1
Jonas Brodin
JONAS BRODIN

Rating: 73.9#38 LD

Greg Pateryn
GREG PATERYN

Rating: 71.4#66 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 72.68#19 DL2
Nick Seeler
NICK SEELER

Rating: 70.5#104 LD

Nate Prosser
NATE PROSSER

Rating: 69.2#95 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 69.87#29 DL3
GOALIES
Devan Dubnyk
DEVAN DUBNYK

Rating: 71.9#32 G1

Alex Stalock
ALEX STALOCK

Rating: 68.2#55 G2

 

Winnipeg Jets Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Nikolaj Ehlers
NIKOLAJ EHLERS

Rating: 78.2#14 LW

Mark Scheifele
MARK SCHEIFELE

Rating: 87.4#4 C

Blake Wheeler
BLAKE WHEELER

Rating: 81.0#6 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 82.19#2 FL1
Kyle Connor
KYLE CONNOR

Rating: 76.1#23 LW

Bryan Little
BRYAN LITTLE

Rating: 72.8#88 C

Patrik Laine
PATRIK LAINE

Rating: 80.3#9 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 76.39#6 FL2
Mathieu Perreault
MATHIEU PERREAULT

Rating: 73.3#71 LW

Adam Lowry
ADAM LOWRY

Rating: 73.4#70 C

Brandon Tanev
BRANDON TANEV

Rating: 70.8#89 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.49#13 FL3
Andrew Copp
ANDREW COPP

Rating: 71.8#74 LW

Jack Roslovic

Rating: 68.0#189 C

Mason Appleton
MASON APPLETON
FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.91#22 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Josh Morrissey
JOSH MORRISSEY

Rating: 75.4#23 LD

Jacob Trouba
JACOB TROUBA

Rating: 77.0#18 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 76.17#11 DL1
Ben Chiarot
BEN CHIAROT

Rating: 70.3#108 LD

Dustin Byfuglien
DUSTIN BYFUGLIEN

Rating: 80.5#6 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 75.41#7 DL2
Dmitry Kulikov
DMITRY KULIKOV

Rating: 69.9#116 LD

Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 74.3#30 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.13#11 DL3
GOALIES
Connor Hellebuyck
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK

Rating: 75.1#17 G1

Laurent Brossoit
LAURENT BROSSOIT

Rating: 66.2#64 G2