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Ever since the Winnipeg Jets got the better of the Minnesota Wild in the 2018 playoffs, the Wild replied by pretty much dominating their regular season series the following season.

The Wild have had their share of injuries lately as they recently lost Jason Tucker to injury as he joins Mikko Koivu, Joel Eriksson Ek and Greg Pateryn who are all currently on the shelf. You won’t find the Jets having too much sympathy for the Wild and their latest injury issues as the Jets have lost Andrew Copp andMathieu Perreault over the past week joining Bryan Little, Dmitry Kulikov and Mark Letestu.

Winnipeg Jets (20-13-2 / 4th Central)
@
Minnesota Wild (17-14-5 / 5th Central)

Dec 21, 2019 – Puck drop: 1:00 PM CST
Xcel Energy Center – St. Paul, MN
TV: Sportsnet – Radio: TSN 1290

vs CHI 4-1 L Last Game @ ARI 8-5 W
2-3-0 (2 L) Last 5 Games  3-2-0 (1 W)
MARK SCHEIFELE – 16 Goal Leader Zach Parise – 14
PATRIK LAINE – 21 Assist Leader Ryan Suter – 20
MARK SCHEIFELE – 36 Points Leader Eric Staal – 30
17.92% (19th) The Power Play 17.80% (21)
72.94% (31st) The Penalty Kill 76.92% (24th)
Connor Hellebuyck
(16-10-2 / .924 SV%)
Starting Goalie Devan Dubnyk
(5-8-2 / .891 SV%)
L vs CHI  (28-32 / .875 SV%) Last Goalie Start W @ ARI (35-40 / .875 SV%)
10-6-1 ON ROAD Road v Home Record 9-1-3 AT HOME

Last Wild Game

As you’d expect from the Minnesota Wild and Arizona Coyotes, it was an absolute scoring bonanza as both teams went ham in the third period, trading five goals back and forth in the first 5:23 of the final frame. The Wild though managed to pull away and steal an 8-5 win in Glendale.

Fun Wild Facts…

  • Zach Parise leads the Wild in goals, power play goals (five) and shots. He ranks second on the team with three game winning goals GWG. He has 16 points (10-6=16) in last 18 games played.
  • Ryan Suter is on a five game point streak (1-6=7) and had 15 points (2-13=15) in last 17 games played.

What They’re Saying…

The Wild have just two playoff series victories over the past decade despite a six-year post-season run. Of course, making the playoffs would be a huge boost for a fan base that’s used to mediocrity, but working towards the long-term goal of playoff stability has to be the team’s priority.

What Exactly Is the Minnesota Wild’s Identity The Season? – The Hockey News

This is obviously a massive blow for the Wild. Zucker currently ranks second on the team, behind only Eric Staal, with 24 points in 34 games this season. He’s played an integral role in generating quality scoring chances for the Wild all season, and his absence could very well have a significant impact on Minnesota’s offense.

Wild forward Jason Zucker undergoes surgery for fractured fibula, could miss six weeks – Hockey Wilderness

 


Last Jets Game

The Jets as they are wont to do, started slow yet again and finished even worse against a Blackhawks club that had played the night before against Colorado, but didn’t seem to show it in a 4-1 victory against the Jets. Patrick Kane was a factor in all four scoring plays for Chicago with three helpers and a goal.

Fun Jets Facts…

  • The Jets are 5-3-1 against Central division opponents this season and 13-7-1 against the Western Conference overall.
  • Tucker Poolman scored his second goal of the season on Thursday, which establishes a career high. It also ended a 28-game goalless streak. Poolman had already established career highs with 10 assists and 12 points.
  • Six players have played games for the Jets and in the AHL for the Manitoba Moose this season, including three that are on the Jets active roster – Logan Shaw, Joona Luoto, and Mason Appleton. Jansen Harkins was recalled by the Jets earlier this week, but has yet to make his NHL debut which is also what has happened with Michael Spacek, Nelson Nogier, and Cameron Schilling were also recalled by the Jets at times earlier this season, but didn’t see any NHL action.

What We’re Saying…

But the problem in saying that they haven’t won a game in their last three on the road as they are 0-2-1. It’s also not like Minnesota has been overly kind to them either as the Jets are 1-6-0 in their past seven trips to Minnesota and have been outscored 24-12 in the seven games.

What To Watch For: The Last Thing The Jets Need Is To Get Too Wild


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Minnesota Wild Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Zach Parise
ZACH PARISE

Rating: 75.7#22 LW

Eric Staal
ERIC STAAL

Rating: 76.2#29 C

Mats Zuccarello
MATS ZUCCARELLO

Rating: 72.8#61 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 74.89#18 FL1
Ryan Donato
RYAN DONATO

Rating: 72.9#67 LW

Luke Johnson
LUKE JOHNSON

Rating: 71.7#116 C

Kevin Fiala
KEVIN FIALA

Rating: 73.6#50 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 72.72#26 FL2
Jordan Greenway
JORDAN GREENWAY

Rating: 71.0#99 LW

Nico Sturm
NICO STURM

Rating: 73.7#57 C

Luke Kunin
LUKE KUNIN

Rating: 70.7#146 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.81#16 FL3
Marcus Foligno
MARCUS FOLIGNO

Rating: 71.2#94 LW

Victor Rask
VICTOR RASK

Rating: 70.9#138 C

Ryan Hartman
RYAN HARTMAN

Rating: 71.7#89 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.27#12 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Ryan Suter
RYAN SUTER

Rating: 75.6#14 LD

Jared Spurgeon
JARED SPURGEON

Rating: 76.8#9 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 76.17#10 DL1
Jonas Brodin
JONAS BRODIN

Rating: 73.3#50 LD

Carson Soucy
CARSON SOUCY

Rating: 72.7#57 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 72.99#22 DL2
Brad Hunt
BRAD HUNT

Rating: 72.9#64 LD

Mathew Dumba
MATHEW DUMBA

Rating: 73.9#34 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 73.40#7 DL3
GOALIES
Devan Dubnyk
DEVAN DUBNYK

Rating: 65.4#52 G1

Alex Stalock
ALEX STALOCK

Rating: 63.1#62 G2

 

Winnipeg Jets Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Kyle Connor
KYLE CONNOR

Rating: 77.9#11 LW

Mark Scheifele
MARK SCHEIFELE

Rating: 79.6#12 C

Patrik Laine
PATRIK LAINE

Rating: 75.2#28 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 77.55#6 FL1
Nikolaj Ehlers
NIKOLAJ EHLERS

Rating: 75.8#21 LW

Blake Wheeler
BLAKE WHEELER

Rating: 76.8#14 C

Jack Roslovic
JACK ROSLOVIC

Rating: 71.6#91 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 74.73#14 FL2
Gabriel Bourque
GABRIEL BOURQUE

Rating: 69.6#123 LW

Adam Lowry
ADAM LOWRY

Rating: 71.1#136 C

Mason Appleton
MASON APPLETON

Rating: 70.7#104 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 70.44#30 FL3
Joona Luoto
JOONA LUOTO

Rating: 72.1#74 LW

Nick Shore
NICK SHORE

Rating: 70.8#142 C

Logan Shaw
LOGAN SHAW

Rating: 69.7#118 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.90#17 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Josh Morrissey
JOSH MORRISSEY

Rating: 74.5#30 LD

Tucker Poolman
TUCKER POOLMAN

Rating: 71.9#77 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 73.23#24 DL1
Luca Sbisa
LUCA SBISA

Rating: 73.0#60 LD

Neal Pionk
NEAL PIONK

Rating: 74.6#24 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.78#14 DL2
Nathan Beaulieu
NATHAN BEAULIEU

Rating: 72.1#81 LD

Anthony Bitetto
ANTHONY BITETTO

Rating: 70.6#97 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.37#25 DL3
GOALIES
Connor Hellebuyck
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK

Rating: 71.9#12 G1

Laurent Brossoit
LAURENT BROSSOIT

Rating: 65.9#50 G2