The well-rested Minnesota Wild are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games as they host the Jets in Minnesota. The Jets traveled over night from Chicago and after a Friday night loss, are now looking to split the two-game set against their Central division foes.
Jets vs. Wild Betting Analysis
This will be the fourth meeting between these two clubs. The Jets won the previous three games, outscoring the Wild 12-5. Overall, the Jets are 4-0 against the Wild in their last four meetings. The Wild are 9-2 in their last 11 home games overall and the under is 4-1 in this head to head match-up in Minnesota. Winnipeg is 14-9-2 when facing Minnesota since the team moved to Manitoba in 2011.
Last night in Chicago, the Jets fell to the Blackhawks 2-1, Patrik Laine scored his 20th of the season in the loss. Their 26-12-7 record is good enough for first place in the Central division, three points up on second place Nashville. So far this season the team is 1-3-1 in the first game of back-to-backs and 2-1-1 in the second game. The Jets are also 6-2-2 in their last 10 games. Late Friday afternoon, goaltender Michael Hutchison was recalled from the Manitoba Moose of the AHL, to replace Steve Mason (illness). Don’t be surprised to see him make his first start of the season. With the Moose, Hutchison is 14-2-4 and leads the league with a .942 save percentage, while his 1.94 goals against average ranked third in the league.
The Wild enter this game coming off a 2-1 win over the Blackhawks Wednesday night to improve their record to 23-17-4. So far in 2018, the team is 3-1-1 in five games. The team is relatively healthy now, with only Nino Niederreiter nursing a lower-body injury (day-to-day). The Wild welcomed back Zach Parise at the beginning of the month, but the veteran left-winger has yet to score a goal in five games this season. Speaking off slumps, Jason Zucker is second on the team in goal scoring with 15, but has only scored one goal the past 16 games. The team did receive some good news as Eric Staal was named to the Central division all-star team. Staal leads the Wild in scoring with 19 goals, and 18 assists in 44 games. Expect Devon Dubnyk to make his 29th start of the season. He is 7-8-1 all-time against the Jets, with a goals against of 2.87 and a save percentage of .900.
Jets vs. Wild Prediction