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At the Rink: Wild at Jets

by Patrick Williams

WINNIPEG -- The Minnesota Wild attempt to extend their winning streak to three games when they visit the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday (6 p.m. ET; TSN3; FS-N, FS-WI).

It's the first of five games between the Central Division rivals. An 8-1 Minnesota preseason win against Winnipeg at Xcel Energy Center on Sept. 25 produced friction between the teams, but Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said he does not expect that to carry over to Sunday. Ten of the past 12 games between Minnesota and Winnipeg have been one-goal games.

"I don't think either team really likes each other," Maurice said Saturday, according to the Jets website. "It's a function of us being neck-and-neck with them in the standings, scratching and clawing and playing them five times. So that will be the story [Sunday]."

Minnesota (5-1-1) will play its third game in four nights after shutting out the Anaheim Ducks 3-0 at home on Saturday. After playing three games in 11 days, Minnesota is in the middle of a stretch of six games in 10 days.

"To be successful in the [NHL], you have to build an identity with your team," Minnesota coach Mike Yeo said. "You come into this building and you know what to expect. It's going to be a hard-hitting game. They play a physical game. They check hard. You have to fight for your ice out there, and with us playing [Saturday], it will be a good challenge."

The Wild recalled forward Kurtis Gabriel from Iowa of the American Hockey League on Saturday. Gabriel, 22, has not played an NHL game and did not have a point in three AHL games this season. Yeo said that Gabriel will be a scratch.

Yeo also said that defenseman Christian Folin will play Sunday after being a healthy scratch against Anaheim. He will replace Nate Prosser.

Winnipeg (4-2-1) continues a six-game homestand that has begun 1-1-1 after a 4-3 overtime loss against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday.

Jets forward Drew Stafford missed practice Saturday but will be in the lineup Sunday, Maurice said.

Darcy Kuemper will start in goal for Minnesota. Winnipeg is expected to start goaltender Michael Hutchinson for the first time since Oct. 13.

Here are the projected lineups:


Zach Parise - Mikael Granlund - Jason Pominville

Jason Zucker - Mikko Koivu - Nino Niederreiter

Thomas Vanek - Charlie Coyle - Justin Fontaine

Chris Porter - Erik Haula - Ryan Carter

Ryan Suter - Jared Spurgeon

Jonas Brodin - Matt Dumba

Marco Scandella - Christian Folin

Darcy Kuemper

Devan Dubnyk

Injured: Tyler Graovac (groin)

Scratched: Niklas Backstrom, Kurtis Gabriel, Nate Prosser


Andrew Ladd - Bryan Little - Blake Wheeler

Mathieu Perreault - Mark Scheifele - Nikolaj Ehlers

Alexander Burmistrov - Adam Lowry - Drew Stafford

Chris Thorburn - Andrew Copp - Nic Petan

Toby Enstrom - Dustin Byfuglien

Ben Chiarot - Tyler Myers

Mark Stuart - Jacob Trouba

Ondrej Pavelec

Michael Hutchinson

Injured: Grant Clitsome (back)

Scratched: Adam Pardy, Anthony Peluso, Paul Postma

Status report: Yeo said that Dubnyk has been evaluated by Minnesota's medical staff and is healthy. … Winnipeg did not have a morning skate Sunday but there are not expected to be any lineup changes.

Who's hot: Koivu has three goals and two assists during a five-game point streak. …Wheeler has four goals and five assists during a career-high seven-game point streak.

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