The Minnesota Wild travel to MTS Centre to face off against the Winnipeg Jets for the 5th and final time time this season. A lot is at stake for the Wild; If they win and the Colorado Avalanche lose the Wild will clinch the 2nd and final wild card spot in the Central Division. The Wild would also snap a two game losing streak to average at best teams. As shown above you can watch the game on FS-N, SN and NHL.TV; You can also listen to it on 100.3 KFAN.
The last four games against the Jets have gone as follows:
Oct.27th: MIN 4, WPG 5
Nov. 10th: WPG 3, MIN 5
Nov. 27th: WPG 3, MIN 1
Jan. 15th: WPG 1, MIN 0
This game will be huge for the Wild as they look to clinch a playoff birth and snap their losing streak. They will have to come out strong at actually want to win if they want a chance to beat the Jets. Just playing to play because "this game doesn't matter" won't fly.
Match up Preview:
The Minnesota Wild are coming off of two disappointing finishes against the Ottawa Senators Thursday night and the Detroit Red Wings. As I said before, if the Wild win and the Avs lose tonight the Wild will clinch the final playoff spot. The Wild are still 5 points ahead of the Avs and a win would seal the deal at a 7 point gap. They are also 4 points behind the Nashville Predators.
The Jets will not make the playoffs this season but that doesn't mean they won't come out strong looking to beat one of their divisional rivals. The Jets are also coming off of an OT loss to the Blackhawks which isn't as disappointing as losing to the Sens or Red wings in regulation.
Interesting/ upsetting Stats:
Mikael Granlund has a goal since being mentioned as "not hot" by me.
Jonas Brodin has 2 goals this year.
Zach Parise- He had 2 helpers in Friday nights 3-2 loss and a goal in Thursday night's 3-2 loss. He has 9 points (6-3=9) in his last 5 games.
Mikko Koivu- 5 points (all assists) in last 5 games.
Charile Coyle- He has 2 points in last 5 games.
Thomas Vanek- He has 0 points in his last 5 games.