[7:09 PM] Jets @ Wild

Who will WIN this matchup?

Winnipeg Jets (9-10-2)

@ Minnesota Wild (9-7-2)


Starting Goalies:

Connor Hellebuyck (WPG): Likely

Devan Dubnyk (MIN): Confirmed


At least the Minnesota Wild earned a point Monday despite another morbid performance from their offense, which looks to get on track Wednesday when the struggling Winnipeg Jets come to Minneapolis. The Wild rallied from a pair of one-goal deficits before succumbing 3-2 in overtime at Dallas on Monday and having scored five goals in the past four games, the frustration is building in Minnesota’s locker room.

The Jets, who finished a brutal stretch of 17 games in 29 days with Sunday’s 3-1 loss at Carolina, have been outscored 12-4 during their three-game slide. The schedule and injuries to seven players has tested Winnipeg’s depth, and the Jets have two games remaining on a season-long five-game road trip.

Two days off came at a great time for Winnipeg, which is 0-for-9 on the power play in its last four contests and mustered only 12 shots in an ugly 4-1 loss Saturday at Boston. Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck rebounded from a subpar effort Thursday against Philadelphia to record 37 saves against the Hurricanes, but a couple ill-timed Winnipeg penalties resulted in power-play goals. Center Mark Scheifele, among the NHL leaders in goals (11) and points (23), netted Winnipeg’s goal Sunday and has 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in his past 10 games.

Minnesota came into Tuesday leading the NHL with a 1.94 goals-against average and No. 1 goaltender Devan Dubnyk has been outstanding, posting a 1.59 GAA and a .949 save percentage with four shutouts. Forward Zach Parise has only six points in 11 games, but played 17 minutes Monday after missing Saturday’s loss at Colorado with an illness. Center Mikko Koivu earned his 400th career assist on Nino Niederreiter’s second-period goal Monday, but the Wild have scored 14 goals in nine games this month.

The Wild rallied from a 2-0 deficit with three second-period goals to beat the Jets 4-3 on Oct. 15, getting the go-ahead score from Eric Staal.


StreakSmarts Pick: Minnesota Wild

Confidence: 5/10

StreakSmarter Pick