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Game Day Set-Up: Wild @ Jets

Setting up tonight’s Jets and Wild game with projected lines, starting goalies, games notes and more.

Wild at Jets

When: Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Time: 7:00 p.m. CST

Where: MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Records: Winnipeg Jets (27-18-10, 64 points, 6th in West), Minnesota Wild (26-20-6, 58 points, 9th in West)

Television/Radio: TSN3, FS-N, FS-WI/ TSN 1290 Radio

On the Horizon: Thursday, February 12th on the road against the Nashville Predators (7:00 p.m. CST)

Last Game: 5-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche

Top Scorers:

Winnipeg Jets: Andrew Ladd (18 goals, 27 assists, 45 points), Bryan Little (21 goals, 23 assists, 45 points), Blake Wheeler (15 goals, 26 assists, 41 points), Dustin Byfuglien (13 goals, 23 assists, 36 points), Mathieu Perreault (18 goals, 17 assists, 35 points)

Minnesota Wild: Zach Parise (21 goals, 19 assists, 40 points), Jason Pominville (10 goals, 29 assists, 39 points), Thomas Vanek (10 goals, 22 assists, 32 points), Mikko Koivu (8 goals, 23 assists, 31 points), Ryan Suter (2 goal, 26 assists, 28 points)

Game Day Notes:

– Tonight is the last game of a three game home stand for Winnipeg. The Jets snapped a six game winless streak (0-4-2) on Sunday night against Colorado and are 4-4-2 in their last 10 games.

– Jets Home Record: 13-10-4

– The Jets have a record of 10-5-3 against teams in the Central Division this year.

– The Jets are 19-9-5 this season when they score the first goal of a game.

– Minnesota has won six games in a row and are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games.

– The Wild have scored the first goal of the game in six straight games since the NHL All-Star Break. The Wild have also not trailed in a game since the All Star Break.

– The Wild defeated the Vancouver Canucks 5-3 last night and are now six points behind the Jets with three games in hand.

– This is the fourth of five meetings between the Jets and Wild this year. The Wild have won two of the three meetings between the two clubs this year. The final regular season meeting between the two teams will take place in Minnesota on Monday, April 6th.

Michael Hutchinson is expected to start in goal for the Jets tonight. In 25 games this season, Hutchinson has a record of 14-7-3 with a .923 save percentage and 2.23 Goals Against Average.

-According to Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star TribuneDevan Dubnyk will start in net for the Wild tonight. Dubnyk started last night against Vancouver and has started all 10 games since he was acquired back on January 14th. Dubnyk’s record in those games is 8-1-1 with a 1.49 Goals Against Average and .940 save percentage.

– As per Sara Orlesky of TSN, Adam Lowry will return to the line-up for the Jets tonight. Lowry missed the Jets last game with the flu. Patrice Cormier will come out of the line-up.

– According to Michael Russo, Jason Zucker (upper body) and Ryan Carter (upper body) were both injured during last night’s game against Vancouver and did not travel with the team to Winnipeg. Zucker and Carter were both placed on Injured Reserve Tuesday. On Tuesday afternoon, it was announced that Zucker had a broken collarbone and will require surgery. Zucker may be out for the rest of the year.

– On Tuesday, The Wild recalled forwards Brett Sutter and Stu Bickel from the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League. Sutter will play tonight on the team’s fourth line.

– Red Hot: Jets forward Bryan Little has six points (three goals, three assists) over the last four games.

– Milestone Watch: Bryan Little needs eight more assists to reach 200 career assists.

– Ice Cold: Michael Frolik has no points in the last five games.

– The Wild average 2.73 goals for/game, 15th in the NHL. The Jets average 2.69 goals for/game, 19th in the NHL.

– The Wild average 2.71 goals against/game, 20th in the NHL. The Jets average 2.56 goals against/game, 11th in the NHL.

– Defenseman Ryan Suter leads all Wild in ice time, averaging 29:20 of ice time per game. Suter averages the most ice time in the entire NHL.

– Defenseman Tobias Enstrom leads all Jets in ice time, averaging 24:06 of ice time per game (20th in NHL)

– Wild Top Face-off Guy: Mikko Koivu (55.3%)

– Jets Top Face-off Guy: Jim Slater (56.3%)

Special Teams Breakdown:

– Minnesota PP (16.0%, 26th in NHL), Minnesota PK (84.6%, 5th in NHL)

– Winnipeg PP (17.7%, 19th in NHL), Winnipeg PK (82.1%, 15th in NHL)

Projected Winnipeg Jets Line Combinations:

Andrew Ladd- Bryan Little- Blake Wheeler
Mathieu Perreault- Mark Scheifele- Dustin Byfuglien
Chris Thorburn- Adam Lowry- Michael Frolik
TJ Galiardi- Jim Slater- Anthony Peluso

Tobias Enstrom- Zach Bogosian
Mark Stuart- Jacob Trouba
Ben Chiarot- Adam Pardy

Michael Hutchinson
Ondrej Pavelec

Healthy Scratches: Paul Postma, Patrice Cormier

Projected Minnesota Wild Line Combinations:

Zach Parise- Mikael Granlund- Thomas Vanek
Nino Niederreiter- Mikko Koivu- Jason Pominville
Jordan Schroeder- Charlie Coyle-  Kyle Brodziak
Brett Sutter- Erik Haula- Justin Fontaine

Ryan Suter- Jonas Brodin
Marco Scandella- Jared Spurgeon
Nate Prosser- Matthew Dumba

Devan Dubnyk
Darcy Kuemper

Healthy Scratches: Christian Folin, Stu Bickel

Injury Report:

Minnesota Wild: Matt Cooke (hernia), Keith Ballard (concussion), Josh Harding (illness), Jason Zucker (upper body), Ryan Carter (upper body)

Winnipeg JetsGrant Clitsome (back surgery, indefinitely), Matt Halischuk (lower body, Injured Reserve), Jay Harrison (upper body), Evander Kane (shoulder surgery)