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Minnesota Wild vs. Winnipeg Jets Preview and Predictions 10-10-2019


The Winnipeg Jets survived several injuries and a suspension of a key player to split a season-opening four-game road trip and will host the Central Division-rival Minnesota Wild for their home debut Thursday night. The Jets received three goals from a depleted defense corps that was missing Dustin Byfuglien (suspension), Josh Morrissey (upper body), Nathan Beaulieu (upper body) and Dmitry Kulikov (personal leave) in Tuesday's 4-1 victory at Pittsburgh.

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"I thought they were fantastic," Winnipeg goalie Connor Hellebuyck told reporters of his defense Tuesday. "They were blocking shots, they were controlling pucks and they did exactly what they were asked to do. I think as the game went on, they got even better." Kulikov could return after being with his wife for the birth of their second child, but Morrissey is likely to miss his third straight contest as the Jets attempt to snap a five-game losing streak against the Wild - all last season, when they managed eight goals. Minnesota will be looking for some of the magic from last season's series after dropping its first two games of 2019-20 despite a solid road effort in a 4-2 loss at Colorado on Saturday. "I think we had some good chances," Wild defenseman Ryan Suter told reporters. "That effort is going to get is a lot of points this year. There were a lot of positives. ... We just weren't able to get the third one to tie it up."

TV: 8 p.m. ET, FS Wisconsin, FS North (Minnesota), TSN3 (Winnipeg)

ABOUT THE WILD (0-2-0): Ryan Suter (one goal, two assists) and fellow defenseman Matt Dumba (one, one) are the only players with multiple points in the first two games for Minnesota, which lost to Nashville 5-2 in its opener. Forwards Jason Zucker and Zach Parise, who each scored three times in five games against the Jets last season, own the other two tallies for the Wild in 2019-20. Center Eric Staal, who returned to practice Wednesday after suffering an undisclosed injury in the last game, is a minus-5 with one shot and fellow forward Mats Zuccarello is minus-4 with two shots.

ABOUT THE JETS (2-2-0): Neal Pionk, Tucker Poolman and 18-year-old rookie Ville Heinola each scored a goal in Tuesday's victory, combining for a plus-7 rating, while fellow blueliner Anthony Bitetto had a team high-matching three shots. "We all went through training camp together, so we all got to know each other pretty well," Pionk, who was acquired in the Jacob Trouba deal with the New York Rangers in the offseason, told reporters. "We created that bond in training camp and went from there." Forwards Mark Scheifele and Patrik Laine each boast a goal and five assists to lead the team with six points.

OVERTIME

1. Minnesota G Devan Dubnyk was 4-0-0 with a 1.50 goals-against average and .950 save percentage versus the Jets last season.

2. Winnipeg captain F Blake Wheeler has two goals and an assist in four games this season and needs one point for 700 in his career.

3. The Wild have scored two of their four goals on the power play and the Jets own only one in nine tries with the man advantage this season.

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Last Injuries

Winnipeg Jets

  • Mark Letestu

    Undisclosed
    Early Nov | I-R

    Letestu has been placed on injured reserve due to an unspecified injury, and he is not expected to return until at least the beginning of November.

  • Anthony Bitetto

    Lower Body
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Bitetto has been activated from the injured reserve list after healing from a lower-body injury, but it is uncertain if he will face the Kings on Tuesday.

  • Bryan Little

    Concussion
    Prob Sun | probable

    Little is going through the league's concussion protocol, but he is expected to make his season debut Sunday against the Oilers.

  • Adam Lowry

    Head
    day-to-day | questionable

    Lowry left Tuesday's game with a head injury, and it is unknown if he will return.

  • Connor Hellebuyck

    Rest
    Doub Sun | doubtful

    Hellebuyck is not expected to take part in Sunday's game against the penguins due to a day of rest.

  • Josh Morrissey

    Upper Body
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Morrissey has been held out of the past two games due to an upper-body injury, but it is likely that he will be in Thursday's lineup versus the Wild.

  • Dmitry Kulikov

    Personal
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Kulikov has been activated from injured reserve which he was on due to a personal matter. He is expected to play in Thursday's contest against the Penguins.

Minnesota Wild

  • Victor Rask

    Lower Body
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Rask has missed the past two games with a lower-body injury, and it is uncertain if he will play against the Oilers on Tuesday.

  • Mats Zuccarello

    Lower Body
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Zuccarello is on injured reserve with a lower-body injury, and it is undetermined how much he will need to recover.

  • Joel Eriksson Ek

    Lower Body
    Early Nov | out

    Eriksson is sidelined with a lower-body injury and is expected to miss one to two weeks.

  • Eric Staal

    Undisclosed
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Staal is dealing with a minor unspecified injury, and it is unclear if he will suit up against the Jets on Thursday.

winnipeg-jets Stats 2019-2020

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minnesota-wild Stats 2019-2020

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Player GP G GWG GO GP1 GP2 Gp3 GPP GSH PPP PSH SHI SHOT
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Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
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Player GP GS A APP ASH
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Player GP GS GA GAA GP1A GP2A GP3A GOA SA SOA SP1A SP2A SP3A BS
Shutouts
Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
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Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS