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Winnipeg looks to avoid third straight loss; Minnesota can extend home point streak to 13

by Jessi Pierce / Independent Correspondent

JETS (20-13-2) at WILD (17-14-5)

2 p.m. ET; SN, FS-N, FS-WI, NHL.TV


The Game

The Minnesota Wild will try to extend their home point streak to 13 games when they play the Winnipeg Jets at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday. 

Minnesota is 9-0-3 in its past 12 home games since a 7-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in its first home game of the season on Oct. 12. The Wild are 3-3-1 in their past seven games following a five-game winning streak. 

The Jets have lost two straight games and are 1-3-0 in their past four following six wins in their previous eight (6-1-1). 


Players to watch

Jets forward Mark Scheifele has 12 points (seven goals, five assists) in his past eight games. 

Wild forward Eric Staal has nine points (five goals, four assists) in a five-game point streak and 11 points (five goals, six assists) in his past eight. 


They said it

"[A] grind is what it's going to be (against the Wild). They play a pretty simple, heavy game. We're going to do the same. We're going to be fast and strong and simple. We're excited for the test. It's obviously a huge game for the standings." -- Jets forward Mason Appleton

"People don't realize a good fourth line makes the difference. If you look at those guys on the fourth line, they're all plus players, they've all got four or five goals, and they make a huge difference." -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau on getting contributions from the fourth line in wins


Jets projected lineup

Kyle Connor -- Mark Scheifele -- Patrik Laine

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Blake Wheeler -- Jack Roslovic

Gabriel Bourque -- Adam Lowry -- Mason Appleton

Joona Luoto -- Nicholas Shore -- Logan Shaw

Josh Morrissey -- Tucker Poolman

Luca Sbisa -- Neal Pionk

Anthony Bitetto -- Nathan Beaulieu

Connor Hellebuyck

Laurent Brossoit

Scratched: Carl Dahlstrom, Jansen Harkins, Eric Comrie

Injured: Dmitry Kulikov (upper body), Bryan Little (ear), Mathieu Perreault (concussion protocol), Andrew Copp (upper body)

Suspended: Dustin Byfuglien


Wild projected lineup

Zach Parise -- Victor Rask -- Kevin Fiala

Jordan Greenway -- Eric Staal -- Mats Zuccarello

Ryan Donato -- Luke Johnson -- Luke Kunin

Marcus Foligno -- Nico Sturm -- Ryan Hartman

Ryan Suter -- Jared Spurgeon

Jonas Brodin -- Carson Soucy

Brad Hunt -- Matt Dumba

Alex Stalock

Devan Dubnyk

Scratched: Nick Seeler

Injured: Greg Pateryn (lower body), Mikko Koivu (lower body), Joel Eriksson Ek (upper body), Jason Zucker (fibula)


Status report

Poolman had a maintenance day Friday but is expected to play. … The Wild did not skate Friday. ... Zucker, who had surgery Friday, is expected to be out 4-to-6 weeks.


Stat pack

Wheeler has 31 points (12 goals, 19 assists) in 36 games against Minnesota. … Zuccarello has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in his past nine games. … Suter has seven points (one goal, six assists) in a five-game point streak. ... Winnipeg ranks 31st in the League in penalty-kill percentage (72.9).

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