JETS (9-10-2) at WILD (9-7-2)
7 p.m. ET; FS-N, SN360, SNP, NHL.TV
Jets team scope
Winnipeg Jets forward Drew Stafford will play after missing 15 games with an upper-body injury. "It's been a while so I'm happy to be finally coming back and hopefully I can help this team win some games, get back on the winning track," Stafford said. Coach Paul Maurice said the key to Stafford's return will be simplicity. "He's been out for a long time and we haven't been able to do a whole lot with him, so get it on and off his stick as quick as we can when he's on his routes and get his legs under him," Maurice said. Goalie Connor Hellebuyck will make his 13th start. He is 7-6-0 with a 2.62 goals-against average and .911 save percentage. Forward Mark Scheifele has one goal and three points in his past five games after scoring 12 points in his previous seven. "I think it's been going fine," Scheifele said. "I just gotta continue to work on all aspects of my game, play good D and that will create good offense."
Wild team scope
Minnesota Wild defenseman Marco Scandella returns after missing 10 games with a high-ankle sprain. "He's a good player," coach Bruce Boudreau said. "He can skate, he's big, he moves pucks, so that's what he brings [to the team]." Goalie Devan Dubnyk will start his 14th game. He is 7-6-1 with a 1.59 GAA (third in the NHL) and a .949 save percentage. The Wild have allowed an NHL-low 35 goals but are struggling offensively with nine goals in their past six games. "A lot of times what happens is, teams that aren't scoring a lot come out of character and try to cheat and get goals," Boudreau said. "We're going to end up being successful by doing what we do. If we keep pucks out of the net eventually we'll start to score some goals."
Jets projected lineup
Nikolaj Ehlers -- Mark Scheifele -- Blake Wheeler
Brandon Tanev -- Nic Petan - Drew Stafford
Andrew Copp -- Adam Lowry -- Patrik Laine
Marko Dano -- Alexander Burmistrov -- Chris Thorburn
Josh Morrissey -- Dustin Byfuglien
Toby Enstrom -- Jacob Trouba
Mark Stuart -- Ben Chiarot
Scratched: Paul Postma, Chase De Leo
Injured: Bryan Little (lower body), Shawn Matthias (lower body) Joel Armia (lower body), Mathieu Perreault (upper body), Tyler Myers (lower body), Kyle Connor (upper body)
Wild projected lineup
Zach Parise -- Eric Staal -- Charlie Coyle
Mikael Granlund -- Mikko Koivu -- Tyler Graovac
Nino Niederreiter -- Erik Haula -- Jason Pominville
Jason Zucker -- Zack Mitchell -- Chris Stewart
Ryan Suter -- Jared Spurgeon
Jonas Brodin -- Christian Folin
Marco Scandella -- Matt Dumba
Scratched: Mike Reilly, Nate Prosser
Injured: Zac Dalpe (knee)
Connor is nearing a return. Maurice said he is day to day but expects him to be the first one back from injury. Little is skating daily with Winnipeg, and Maurice hopes he'll return within one week.
Ehlers has two goals and 14 points in his past 10 games. … Staal and Suter each have 13 points in 18 games.