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Stalock starts for Minnesota; Winnipeg hopes to rebound following shutout loss

by Scott Billeck / Correspondent

WILD (11-9-3) at JETS (14-6-3)

8 p.m. ET; TSN3, FS-N, NHL.TV 


The Game

Goaltender Alex Stalock will make his second start in three games for the Minnesota Wild when they visit the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place on Monday.

Stalock is 2-2-1 in six appearances this season and is 3-1-0 with a 0.99 goals-against average and a .955 save percentage with two shutouts in six games (four starts) against the Jets. 

Minnesota is 6-2-1 in its past nine games, but was defeated by the St. Louis Blues, 6-3 on Saturday. 

Connor Hellebuyck will start for the Jets, who were shut out for the first time this season in a 4-0 loss at the San Jose Sharks on Saturday. Hellebuyck has allowed two goals or fewer in four of his past five starts and is 4-1-0 during that span.


Players to watch

Wild forward Mikael Granlund has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in his past seven games. 

Jets forward Patrik Laine has 11 points (seven goals, four assists) in his past 12 games, including points in 10 of them.  


They said it

"We've definitely had a better stretch of the way we want to play. I don't think we're exactly where we want to be with some of these games that were back on that (downward) slope. We got to make sure we're playing a little more consistent, playing our game on a nightly basis. -- Wild forward Jason Zucker

"Both teams play a physical game. I think both teams have really good squads. It's (a rivalry that's) definitely been brewing over the years. It always makes for fun games." -- Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey


Wild projected lineup

Tyler Ennis -- Eric Staal -- Nino Niederreiter

Daniel Winnik -- Mikko Koivu -- Mikael Granlund

Jason Zucker -- Charlie Coyle -- Zack Mitchell

Marcus Foligno -- Matt Cullen -- Chris Stewart

Ryan Suter -- Jared Spurgeon

Jonas Brodin -- Matt Dumba

Kyle Quincey -- Gustav Olofsson

Alex Stalock

Devan Dubnyk

Scratched: Mike ReillyRyan Murphy

Injured: Zach Parise (back)


Jets projected lineup

Kyle Connor -- Mark Scheifele -- Blake Wheeler

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Bryan Little -- Patrik Laine

Andrew Copp -- Adam Lowry -- Brandon Tanev

Mathieu Perreault -- Matt Hendricks -- Joel Armia

Josh Morrissey -- Jacob Trouba

Ben Chiarot -- Dustin Byfuglien

Dmitry Kulikov -- Tyler Myers

Connor Hellebuyck

Eric Comrie

Scratched: Marko Dano, Tucker Poolman, Shawn Matthias

Injured: Toby Enstrom (lower body), Steve Mason (concussion)


Status report

Mason was placed on injured reserve Monday after sustaining a concussion in the first period against San Jose. The Jets recalled Comrie from Manitoba of the American Hockey League to back up Hellebuyck. ... Spurgeon (illness) will be a game-time decision. Murphy was recalled from Iowa on Monday and will play if Spurgeon is out.


Stat pack

Zucker has 12 points (nine goals, three assists) in his past 11 games. … Niederreiter has nine points (seven goals, two assists) in his past nine games, with points in eight of them. ... Staal has nine points (three goals, six assists) in his past seven games. … Scheifele has no points in his past three games after having 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) in his previous 11 games. … Wheeler has no points in his past four games after having 17 points (four goals, 13 assists) in his previous 10 games.

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