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JNGD.S8.G80 Flight Plan: Jets Look To Tame Wild As The Tame The Central

If you’re seeing an extra amount of green on your screen tonight, don’t adjust the picture. It was announced last week that Minnesota will be hosting “Green Night” tonight against the Jets in an initiative to highlight sustainability and reducing waste (there’s a garbage joke in here somewhere, I’m sure), fans are encouraged to wear green in support.

This season the Jets have had a lot of difficulty getting around the Wild, losing all three matches in the series so far. For the final battle between these Central division rivals, Minnesota is finishing up their season and are all but eliminated, while the Jets are limping towards their post season and coming in from a back to back after last night’s overtime win against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Winnipeg Jets (46-29-4 / 1st Central)
@
Minnesota Wild (36-34-9 / 6th Central)

April 2nd, 2019 – Puck drop: 7:00 PM CST
Xcel Energy Center – Saint Paul, MN
TV: TSN3 – Radio: TSN 1290

4-3 OT Win @ CHI Last Game 4-0 Loss @ ARI
2-3-0 (1W) Last 5 Games 2-3-0 (1L)
MARK SCHEIFELE – 36 Goal Leader Zack Parise – 26
BLAKE WHEELER – 69 Assist Leader Ryan Suter – 39
BLAKE WHEELER – 89 Points Leader Zach Parise – 59
25.1% (4TH) The Power Play 20.8% (12TH)
78.8% (25th) The Penalty Kill 81.5% (9th)
Eric Comrie
(We think…)
Starting Goalie Devan Dubnyk
(30-28-6 / .912 SV%)
1st NHL start this season Last Goalie Start L @ ARI (19-21/ .905 SV%)
21-17-0 ON ROAD Road v Home Record 15-17-7 AT HOME

Jets player to watch

#12- Kevin Hayes – Center

Replacing Bryan Little in an attempt to shore up the second line a bit seems to have payed off when the Jets acquired Hayes at the trade deadline. In the past 5 weeks as a Winnipeg Jet, he’s become the most productive player acquired at the trade deadline with an impressive 12 points, most of them coming in tandem with Nik Ehlers who he’s had an undeniable chemistry with since he’s come over. Last night against the Chicago Blackhawks, Hayes scored the game winning goal despite coaching staff screaming at him to get off the ice for about 30 seconds.

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Last Jets game

Just last night, the Jets were taken to overtime in yet another game where a tying goal was scored in the last three minutes of the game. The game saw Toews score first, but Lowry tied it up, Jack Roslovic scored two, Byfuglien mauled a dude and ultimately, Kevin Hayes scored the overtime goal that not only got the Jets a much needed win but put set them back into first in central.

Jets Notebook

  • Blake Wheeler is one assist shy from having the most assists in a season in franchise history, he’s currently tied with Marc Savard at 69
  • Last night’s goal was the first time Kevin Hayes has scored the game winning goal in overtime

Wild player to watch

#20- Ryan Suter – Defense

One year after a season ending break to his fibula, the local chapter of the PHWA nominated Ryan Suter as their player for this year’s Masterton trophy. Suter bounced back this season scoring 7 goals and 39 assists, closing in on his record high of 51 points and ultimately becoming the team’s second all-time leading defensemen.

Last Wild game

Sunday night, Minnesota became the latest victim of the Coyotes’ sudden and unexpected run for the playoffs, losing 4-0. The Wild’s pace was slow and ultimately unable to produce goals. The game saw goals from Galchenyuk, Hinostroza and two from Josh Archibald, Darcy Kuemper saved 39 shots and earned his 5th shutout of the year.

Wild Notebook

  • The Wild have a 0.7% chance of making the post season this year
  • Minnesota is down three of their key players, Matt Dumba (upper body) and Mikko Koivu (lower body) who are both out for the season and Zach Parise who has missed the last four games with a lower body injury

Player ratings courtesy Corsica.Hockey

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Minnesota Wild Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Jason Zucker
JASON ZUCKER

Rating: 76.8#26 LW

Eric Staal
ERIC STAAL

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Rating: 78.9#27 C

Matt Read
MATT READ

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Rating: 70.2#114 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 75.32#26 FL1
Kevin Fiala
KEVIN FIALA

Rating: 74.3#44 LW

Victor Rask
VICTOR RASK

Rating: 70.9#143 C

Ryan Donato
RYAN DONATO

Rating: 74.7#58 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 73.30#23 FL2
Jordan Greenway
JORDAN GREENWAY

Rating: 70.5#113 LW

Joel Eriksson Ek
JOEL ERIKSSON EK

Rating: 71.3#132 C

Luke Kunin
LUKE KUNIN

Rating: 70.9#102 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 70.89#28 FL3
J.T. Brown
J.T. BROWN

Rating: 69.0#127 LW

Eric Fehr
ERIC FEHR

Rating: 69.0#130 C

Marcus Foligno
MARCUS FOLIGNO

Rating: 70.3#115 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.46#31 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Ryan Suter
RYAN SUTER

Rating: 79.2#6 LD

Jared Spurgeon
JARED SPURGEON

Rating: 78.4#16 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 78.79#4 DL1
Jonas Brodin
JONAS BRODIN

Rating: 74.2#39 LD

Brad Hunt
BRAD HUNT

Rating: 74.1#43 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 74.15#11 DL2
Nate Prosser
NATE PROSSER

Rating: 69.8#129 LD

Greg Pateryn
GREG PATERYN

Rating: 72.0#66 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 70.89#21 DL3
GOALIES
Devan Dubnyk
DEVAN DUBNYK

Rating: 73.3#29 G1

Alex Stalock
ALEX STALOCK

Rating: 67.5#64 G2

Winnipeg Jets Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Kyle Connor
KYLE CONNOR

Rating: 78.5#14 LW

Mark Scheifele
MARK SCHEIFELE

Rating: 81.9#12 C

Blake Wheeler
BLAKE WHEELER

Rating: 79.3#13 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 79.89#6 FL1
Nikolaj Ehlers
NIKOLAJ EHLERS

Rating: 76.3#29 LW

Kevin Hayes
KEVIN HAYES

Rating: 76.3#42 C

Patrik Laine
PATRIK LAINE

Rating: 77.7#19 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 76.77#8 FL2
Brandon Tanev
BRANDON TANEV

Rating: 71.4#97 LW

Adam Lowry
ADAM LOWRY

Rating: 73.4#78 C

Bryan Little
BRYAN LITTLE

Rating: 73.0#57 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.61#15 FL3
Jack Roslovic
JACK ROSLOVIC

Rating: 70.5#112 LW

Andrew Copp
ANDREW COPP

Rating: 72.0#106 C

Mathieu Perreault
MATHIEU PERREAULT

Rating: 72.0#81 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.53#7 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Nathan Beaulieu
NATHAN BEAULIEU

Rating: 71.4#98 LD

Jacob Trouba
JACOB TROUBA

Rating: 77.1#22 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 74.23#18 DL1
Ben Chiarot
BEN CHIAROT

Rating: 71.0#109 LD

Dustin Byfuglien
DUSTIN BYFUGLIEN

Rating: 80.2#9 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 75.59#7 DL2
Dmitry Kulikov
DMITRY KULIKOV

Rating: 70.1#127 LD

Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 74.3#33 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.19#9 DL3
GOALIES
Connor Hellebuyck
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK

Rating: 74.5#20 G1

Eric Comrie
ERIC COMRIE

Rating: 71.6#40 G2