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GAMEDAY: Wild at Winnipeg

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:50 AM

Mike Doyle - Managing Editor

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GAMEDAY: Wild at Winnipeg
Minnesota Wild vs. Winnipeg Jets
Minnesota Wild (40-26-12: 92 points, 7th in Western Conference, 4th in Central Division) at Winnipeg Jets (35-34-10: 80 points, 12th in Western Conference, 7th in Central Division)
With only four games remaining in the Minnesota Wild’s regular season, the club is drawing ever closer to the postseason. The club’s ‘magic number’ rests at three, the amount of points it needs to punch a ticket to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Minnesota Wild continues its push to the playoffs on the road tonight against Central Division foe, the Winnipeg Jets. The Wild has the advantage in the series, going 3-1-0 against the Jets. Minnesota won both games at Xcel Energy Center (2-1 on Oct. 10 and 2-1 on Nov. 17). The teams have split at MTS Centre, the Wild winning in a shootout on Nov. 23, 2-1, and Winnipeg taking the most recent meeting, 6-4, on Dec. 27.

After a slow start to the season away from the State of Hockey, the Wild looks to move to .500 in its last road outing of the season. Minnesota is 16-17-7 away from Xcel Energy center. The club has been much improved, especially since the Olympic Break. The Wild has earned a point in eight of 11 road games since Feb. 27, going 5-3-3 during that span.

At the National Hockey League’s Trade Deadline, the Wild expected two of its acquisitions to be key contributors down the stretch, Ilya Bryzgalov and Matt Moulson. Since coming to the Wild, Bryzgalov is 5-0-3 with a 1.87 goals-against average, two shutouts and a .920 save percentage. Moulson has 10 points (5-5=10), including two game-winning goals, in 16 games since being acquired by Minnesota.

Another player whose name has been stitched on a Minnesota sweater since being obtained on Deadline Day: Cody McCormick. The big forward was expected to bring grit, size and a defensive zone presence. In his last outing, after being scratched for three games, he moved to center and brought some offensive firepower. He scored his first points in a Wild uniform, a goal and an assist against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Against the Pens, Zach Parise scored his 500th career point, an assist to Mikko Koivu. In the 111 games since joining the Wild, Parise has totaled 91 points (46-45=91). He leads the Wild with 28 goals this season, ranking second with 53 points (28-25=53) in 63 games.

The Wild shutout the Pens at home on Saturday, 4-0. Erik Haula scored for the second straight game, extending a career-high point streak to three games (2-1=3). Stephane Veilleux, Koivu and McCormick all scored for the Wild. Bryzgalov earned his second shutout with Minnesota, making 20 saves.

Winnipeg earned a win and played the role of spoilers for a hopeful playoff team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, on Saturday, 4-2. Bryan Little, Jacob Trouba, Tobias Enstrom and Olli Jokinen scored for the Jets. Ondrej Pavelec made 23 saves for the win.

With the Wild on the road, it continues to look for fan engagement with the Red Baron Roadie. The contest is how fans can win great items like autographed merchandise, and maybe even a spot on the 2014-15 Fan Road Trip. Visit the contest rules page for more info on how to enter.
If You're Going
While the Jets franchise will miss the playoffs for the seventh straight season and third straight since moving to Winnipeg prior to the 2011-12 season, it has been improved since Paul Maurice took the helm as interim head coach on Jan. 12. Four wins in March squashed any hopes the Jets had at rallying for a playoff berth this season, but Winnipeg is 16-11-5 since Maurice took over.     MTS Centre isn’t the largest rink in the NHL, but it certainly is one of the loudest. The team’s battle cry, “Go, Jets Go!” rings out throughout the game and the gameday staff isn’t afraid to bump the tunes to 11. Earplugs are advised for those who don’t like loud noises.

The Wild will wear its WHITE sweaters tonight.
Who's Hot Gameday Media
Charlie Coyle tallied two assists Saturday for his fourth multi-point game in 2014. He has a point in seven of his last eight games, totaling nine points (4-5=9) in that span.

Fans can guess who's going to be hot with the Wild's HotBox Fantasy Challenge for a chance to win great prizes.

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Probably Wild Lineup Between The Pipes
The lineup will remain the same tonight:

Parise—Koivu—Coyle
Moulson—Haula—Pominville
Cooke—Brodziak—Fontaine
Veilleux—McCormick—Niederreiter

Same with the blue line:

Spurgeon—Suter
Prosser—Brodin
Blum—Scandella 
Bryzgalov is expected to make his fifth-straight start. He is 6-2-2 with a 2.88 GAA and a .894 SV% in 10 career games (nine starts) against Winnipeg.
View From The Press Box
Those guys having hits in the game and getting in on the forecheck; that’s the way we’d prefer for them to defend. We want them to bring momentum by playing in the offensive zone and getting in on the forecheck.

- Yeo on the way his fourth line played on Saturday
Forwards Dany Heatley, Mike Rupp, Jake Dowell and blueliner Christian Folin will be the scratches tonight. Defenseman Keith Ballard and Clayton Stoner both have lower-body injuries. Kuemper and Granlund have upper-body injuries.

Forward Jason Zucker (surgery) and goaltender Josh Harding (illness) are on Injured Reserve. Niklas Backstrom is shutdown for the remainder of the season.
Honorary State of Hockey Resident Worthless Stat
Dustin Byfuglien is a native of Minneapolis. LW Devin Setoguchi collected 63 points (32-31=63) in 117 games with Minnesota. D Mark Stuart is from Rochester. RW Blake Wheeler hails from Robbinsdale and went to the University of Minnesota (2005-08). According to Elias Sports Bureau, Zach (501) and his dad J.P. (594) became just the third father-son duo to each tally at least 500 points in NHL history, joining Gordie and Mark Howe and Bobby and Brett Hull.


Broadcast Info In Case You Missed It
Wild at Jets will be broadcast locally in high definition on FOX Sports North with a start time at 7:00 p.m. The game can be heard on KFAN 100.3 FM or online at Wild.com.            
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DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 07 '14 MIN 1 at WPG 0 C. Coyle
Dec 27 '13 MIN 4 at WPG 6 B. Wheeler
Nov 23 '13 MIN 3 at WPG 2 - SO C. Coyle
Nov 17 '13 WPG 1 at MIN 2 M. Koivu
Oct 10 '13 WPG 1 at MIN 2 M. Cooke
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
Z. Parise64282654+1430135
J. Pominville79272754+31665
M. Koivu62114051+22224
M. Moulson72222648-13094
R. Suter7973542+153030
M. Granlund6383341-32222
N. Niederreiter78132134+104021
C. Coyle67121830-43322
D. Heatley75121527-191842
M. Cooke79101626+55403
J. Spurgeon6552025+151421
K. Brodziak7961622-36101
J. Fontaine6413821+62211
J. Brodin7681119+12030
M. Scandella7331417+101801
E. Haula435611+112701
K. Ballard45279-73700
T. Mitchell58189-32100
N. Prosser50257+25802
C. McCormick40257-45000
J. Zucker21415+2211
C. Stoner62145-68200
S. Veilleux32303-22100
Z. Konopka36112-55500
M. Dumba13112-5210
M. Rupp12011+11300
J. Blum12000-1000
B. Bulmer5000-2200
C. McMillan1000+0000
J. Dowell1000-1000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
J. Harding2918-7-3466901.65.933
D. Kuemper2612-8-4607022.43.915
I. Bryzgalov3011-8-8738462.56.914
N. Backstrom215-11-2555463.02.899
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
B. Wheeler80274067+26384
B. Little80234063+65881
D. Byfuglien78203656-208681
A. Ladd78233154+85742
O. Jokinen80182442-95421
M. Frolik79142741+71212
E. Kane61172239-106614
M. Scheifele63132134+91412
T. Enstrom80101929-105443
J. Trouba63101828+24301
D. Setoguchi75111627-72223
M. Stuart6721012+89700
G. Clitsome3221012-51800
Z. Bogosian553811+34800
C. Thorburn552911+06501
M. Halischuk445510-2601
E. O'Dell28347-1801
E. Tangradi53336-61900
K. Ellerby51246+4211
A. Pardy58055+33600
A. Peluso51224-76500
J. Slater25112-4800
Z. Redmond8112+0000
J. Wright59022-31500
P. Postma18022+1800
J. Albert9101-3000
P. Cormier7011+0700
C. Klingberg1000+0000
J. Melchiori1000-1000
B. Chiarot1000-3000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
O. Pavelec5722-26-716316443.01.901
A. Montoya2813-8-3597372.30.920
M. Hutchinson10-1-01171.03.941
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