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Jets at Wild preview

Winnipeg is 2-5-1 in past eight games; Minnesota has lost two straight at home

by Jessi Pierce / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

JETS (22-16-3) at WILD (19-17-5)

2 p.m. ET; FS-N, FS-WI, TSN3, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Winnipeg Jets will look to get back on track when they face the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday. 

Winnipeg, which lost 6-3 to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday, is 2-5-1 in its past eight games after going 7-2-1 in its previous 10.

Minnesota has lost two straight games at home for the first time this season. 

The Jets have won each of the previous two games against the Wild this season, including a 6-0 victory on Dec. 21. 

 

Players to watch

Jets forward Mark Scheifele has 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists) in his past 14 games. 

Wild forward Eric Staal has two goals in his past five games after getting nine points (five goals, four assists) in his previous five.

 

They said it 

"We've played some good hockey but haven't seen the results we wanted. Overall, I think it's been a really positive first half, but still a lot of room to approve." -- Jets forward Patrik Laine

"We still know what the score was at the end of the [last game against Winnipeg]. It'll be a challenge tomorrow, but hopefully a challenge we're up to." -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau

 

Jets projected lineup

Kyle Connor -- Mark Scheifele -- Patrik Laine

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Blake Wheeler -- Jack Roslovic

Gabriel Bourque -- Adam Lowry - Mathieu Perreault

Jansen Harkins -- Nicholas Shore - Mason Appleton

Josh Morrissey -- Tucker Poolman

Luca Sbisa -- Neal Pionk

Anthony Bitetto -- Carl Dahlstrom

Connor Hellebuyck

Laurent Brossoit

Scratched: Joona Luoto, Logan Shaw

Injured: Andrew Copp (upper body), Dmitry Kulikov (upper body), Bryan Little (ear), Nathan Beaulieu (lower body)

Suspended: Dustin Byfuglien

 

Wild projected lineup

Jordan Greenway -- Eric Staal -- Mats Zuccarello 

Zach Parise -- Mikko Koivu -- Kevin Fiala

Marcus Foligno -- Joel Eriksson Ek -- Luke Kunin

Ryan Donato -- Victor Rask -- Ryan Hartman

Ryan Suter -- Jared Spurgeon

Jonas Brodin -- Matt Dumba 

Brad Hunt -- Carson Soucy

Devan Dubnyk

Alex Stalock

Scratched: None

Injured: Greg Pateryn (lower body), Jason Zucker (lower body)

 

Status report

Little, Copp and Kulikov each practiced in a non-contact jersey Friday. Little has no time frame for his return, but Copp and Kulikov joined the team for the current four-game road trip. … Wild defenseman Nick Seeler was assigned to Iowa of the American Hockey League on a conditioning stint Friday. 

 

Stat pack

Laine has eight points (four goals, four assists) in his past six games. … Connor has nine points (seven goals, two assists) in his past six games. … Parise has two assists in his past five games. … Fiala has eight points (two goals, six assists) in his past nine games.

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