Jets at Wild
The Minnesota Wild have waited more than a month for their opportunity to exact revenge but finally get the chance when they host the Central Division-leading Winnipeg Jets on Saturday. Minnesota is looking to get even for a 7-2 loss at Winnipeg on Nov. 27 in which it scored the first two goals before allowing seven in a row.
The Wild are kicking off a four-game homestand after rallying to post a 2-1 victory at Chicago on Wednesday. Defenseman Ryan Suter snapped a tie 3:03 into the third period, giving him a goal and three assists during his three-game point streak. The Jets are coming off a 2-1 loss at Chicago on Friday, a setback that dropped them to 1-1-0 on their four-game road trip and halted their seven-game point streak (6-0-1). Winnipeg is hoping to sweep the four-game season series after posting a pair of one-goal victories in October before the rout in the following month.
TV: 7 p.m. ET, Sportsnet One, CITY (Winnipeg), FS North (Minnesota)
ABOUT THE JETS (26-12-7): Adam Lowry missed his third straight game Friday as he was placed on injured reserve with an upper-body injury. The 24-year-old center, who hasn't played since Jan. 5, has recorded eight goals and six assists in 33 contests this season. Patrik Laine scored Winnipeg's lone goal against the Blackhawks, raising his team-leading total to 20 while giving him one in back-to-back contests following a seven-game drought.
ABOUT THE WILD (23-17-4): Mikael Granlund notched an assist against Chicago, giving him 11 points (five goals) over his last eight games. The 25-year-old Finn ranks second on the team with 33 points - four behind Eric Staal. Matt Cullen has been kept off the scoresheet in four straight contests, keeping him one point shy of 700 for his career.
1. The Jets recalled G Michael Hutchinson, whose next appearance will be the 100th of his NHL career, from Manitoba of the American Hockey League prior to Friday's contest.
2. Staal leads Minnesota with 19 goals and is one shy of his 11th season with 20 or more.
3. Winnipeg LW Nikolaj Ehlers' next game will be his 200th in the NHL while D Dustin Byfuglien needs one assist to reach 300 for his career.