Wild lines today": Koivu w/ Coyle and Zucker; Granlund w Pominville and Parise; Haula w Niederreiter and Vanek; Stoll w Porter and Fontaine— Kent Youngblood (@BloodStrib) January 14, 2016
Tonight the Minnesota Wild will try to break out of their inconsistent funk as they host the Winnipeg Jets. Minnesota has lost five of their last seven and coaches, players and fans are scratching their heads trying to figure out what's going on. The Wild have scored two goals or fewer in eight of their 13 games. Yeo has changed up the lines again hoping to find some consistency. For a team that was so good 5v5 all season long, Minnesota possessing numbers have been putrid lately. And their power play (and penalty kill) have also been terrible. The Wild are 1-for-23 in the past 13 games on the man advantage.
Top pp unit: Koivu, Parise, Vanek, Pominville and Suter— Kent Youngblood (@BloodStrib) January 14, 2016
Thomas Vanek (in typical Vanek fashion getting them in bunches) has two goals in his last three games. Jason Pominville has not lit the lamp since December 22nd. Nate Prosser comes back into the lineup tonight for Mike Reilly and Devan Dubnyk will start for the Wild. Rumor has it the Wild are looking at the trading block trying to acquire someone to help spark their offense.The Wild are willing to part ways with one of their regular defensemen (Brodin, Dumba and even Scandella...) plus draft pick('s)/prospects. So be ready for another Chuck Fletcher shake up...
Last year the Jets made the playoff and were a darling team to upset Anaheim and make a playoff run. Well, they were bested in five games and are in the basement of the (crowded) Central Division. Goaltenders Michael Hutchinson and Ondrej Pavelec have been awful this year and Winnipeg has turned to rookie Connor Hellebuyck who has played very well for them. Dustin Byfuglien left last night game and it (initially) did not look good, but he'll dress tonight for the Jets to the chagrin of Wild fans.
Minnesota has earned points in 10 of its last 14 games against the Jets (7-4-3) and has points in six of its last eight games against Winnipeg at Xcel Energy Center (4-2-2).
Dubnyk is 3-4-1 with a 2.90 GAA and a .905 SV% in eight games (seven starts) against Winnipeg in his career.
The Jets have a 0-2-0 record so far in the second game of a back-to-back.
The last time the Jets and Wild met was on Nov. 27 in St. Paul, and 22-year-old Connor Hellebuyck was making his NHL debut for the Jets. Hellebuyck faced only 15 shots, but made 14 saves for the win.