The Wild sit in fifth place in the Central division, 12 points back of the Winnipeg Jets who are in first place. However, the Wild aren`t looking to catch the Jets, they are looking at staying in the hunt for a Wildcard spot; a spot they are currently in. Although, there are no less than six teams within seven points of those two Wildcard spots.
Wild vs Jets Betting Analysis
The Wild seem to have the Jets number this season, winners of three straight against them, outscoring them 10-5. In all three games, the two teams combined for six goals or less. The under in this series is 4-0-1 in the last five games, including 4-0 in the last four games played in Winnipeg. The Wild have also played five straight under games dating back to February 17, while three of the last four Jets games have been over.
Overall, the Wild have struggled while playing in Winnipeg with a 1-6 record in their last seven games. The home team is also 8-2 in the last 10 games in this head-to-head match-up.
The Wild enter this game winners of three straight games, but only 4-5-1 in their last 10 games. The team made a big move on trade deadline Monday, sending former first rounder Mikael Granlund to Nashville in return for Kevin Fiala. Fiala has 10 goals and 22 assists this season. No word on if he will play Tuesday, but it is likely.
The Wild also made a move as they shipped out Charlie Coyle to Boston for Ryan Donato. Donato has fit in nicely right off the start with points in three straight games (one goal, three assists) and a plus-three rating. Currently he`s on the team’s third line alongside Joel Eriksson Ek and Luke Kunin.
The Wild hope the pick up of Donato and Fiala will help their team’s offence as they are ranked 26th (tied) in goals scored per game (2.73). Zach Parise leads the team in scoring with 24 goals (53 points). After their captain, it dips to Eric Staal with 18 goals, very different from last season where he finished the season with 42 goals.
The Jets were busy on trade deadline day making a number of deals but none bigger than acquiring Kevin Hayes from the New York Rangers for Brendan Lemieux, a first round pick, plus a conditional pick. In Hayes, the Jets receive a massive 6’5” center who has a pass first mentality. This could be a big asset for a Jets team who have a number of scoring wingers that could benefit from this addition. Hayes has 42 points (14 goals and 28 assists) in 51 games. No word on whether or not he plays this game against the Wild, but the team is hopeful. The Jets now have a big center ice group with Mark Scheifele leading the way (6’3”), Kevin Hayes (6’5”), c (6’0”) and Adam Lowry (6’5”).
The worst news out of Sunday’s 4-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes was the health of Josh Morrissey. Morrissey left the game in the 3rd period with an upper-body injury. There is fear that it could be a separated shoulder. However, for now it is all speculation because the team did not have an update on the defenceman as of Monday. Sami Niku got a chance to play on the first power-play unit after the Morrissey injury. Moving forward, do not be surprised to see Niku used more often with the team nursing three defenceman with injuries.
In smaller trade deals Monday, the Jets also announced they acquired depth defenceman Nathan Beaulieu from the Sabres, forward Matt Hendricks from the Wild, and forward Par Lindholm from the Leafs.