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Wild Warmup: Minnesota at Winnipeg

Wild treks north of border for first of back-to-back games against Canadian foes

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Wild.com
The essentials

Who: Minnesota Wild at Winnipeg Jets 

Puck drop: 7:08 p.m. CT

Watch: FOX Sports North Plus, FOX Sports GO

Listen: KFAN 100.3 FM, Wild Radio Network, Wild NHL App

Follow: @mnwild; GameCenter


The opponent

The Winnipeg Jets saw their three-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday night by the Columbus Blue Jackets in a 5-2 defeat at Bell MTS Place. 

Winnipeg's best players have been just that through the early portion of the season; Nikolaj Ehlers leads the club with seven points (including five goals), and not far behind are Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler with six points and Patrik Laine and Bryan Little with four apiece.

Where the Jets have had some inconsistency is in goal. Connor Hellebuyck and Steve Mason have eachn started three games this season, but the results so far couldn't be more different; Mason, signed as a free agent over the summer to provide veteran stability, is 0-3 with a 5.96 goals against and an .846 save percentage.

Meanwhile, the 24-year-old Hellebuyck has been outstanding, posting a 3-0 mark with a 2.11 goals against and a .937 save percentage. Hellebuyck is expected to start Friday night.


Connections

• Wild assistant coach John Anderson served as the Atlanta Thrashers head coach for two seasons (2008-10).

• Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien is a Roseau native.

• Jets forward Matt Hendricks is from Blaine and played four seasons at St. Cloud State (2000-04).

• Jets forward Blake Wheeler hails from Plymouth and went to the University of Minnesota (2005-08).


Friendly Manitoba

The Wild has earned points in 14 of its last 21 games against the Jets (11-7-3) … Minnesota is 5-4-1 in its past 10 games at Bell MTS Place …The Minnesota North Stars went 26-20-3 against the Jets from 1979-93.

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