Winnipeg Jets vs Minnesota Wild Preview: Start of a 3-Game Road Trip

Mats Zuccarello #36, Minnesota Wild; Neal Pionk #4, Winnipeg Jets. (Photo by Harrison Barden/Getty Images)
Mats Zuccarello #36, Minnesota Wild; Neal Pionk #4, Winnipeg Jets. (Photo by Harrison Barden/Getty Images) /

The Winnipeg Jets and Minnesota Wild will face off tonight at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The opening puck drop is set for earlier than usual as the game will start at 6:00 p.m. central time.

The Jets are back on the road after winning two of three games in their last homestand. The Jets’ last game was definitely interesting to watch. Winnipeg had a 3-0 lead with under five minutes remaining in regulation against the Hurricanes.

Carolina pulled their goaltender three times and scored each time to tie the game at 3 and force the game into overtime.  Fortunately for the Jets, Josh Morrissey scored in overtime to salvage the 4-3 victory for the Jets. You can see how Twitter reacted to the game here or click the “NEXT” link below to see what we learned from the game.

It is interesting to note that Minnesota has played their last two games against the same teams the Jets played against and had the same results. Last Thursday, the Penguins beat the Wild 6-4. Then on Saturday, Minnesota beat the Hurricanes 2-1 in overtime.

This evening’s game is game three of a seven-game homestand for the Wild. Minnesota has posted a 3-5-1 record at home and a 1-2-0 record against the Central Division.

The Winnipeg Jets kick off an important road trip

As noted in my three things to watch in November article, tonight begins a stretch of four straight games against the Jets against Central Division opponents.

The Jets head to Dallas on Friday, Chicago on Sunday, and finish this span on next Tuesday at the Canada Life Centre against the Colorado Avalanche.

Winnipeg is currently in a great position in the standings and these games can go a long way in the playoff run.

Currently, the Jets are tied in second place with the Avalanche as both teams have 23 points in 17 games. Both teams trail the Stars who have amassed 25 points from 19 games, but both the Jets and Avalanche had two games in hand on the Stars.

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Including this game, there are 15 games around the league tonight. Due to Thanksgiving in the United States, there will be no NHL games tomorrow.

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