Third time a charm for Jets vs Wild?

- November 23rd, 2013

The Winnipeg Jets will try to snap a three-game losing skid (0-2-1) as they face the Minnesota Wild for the third time this season.

While the Jets played much better in the second meeting, they’ve lost both head-to-head games by a score of 2-1, meaning they’ll have to try and generate a little more offensively if they want to have a chance to beat goalie Josh Harding and company.

I wrote about Harding and why he should be considered as a candidate for Team Canada at the 2014 Olympics and got some reaction from others about his battle with MS in Saturday’s paper and available online at www.winnipegsun.com.

There were plenty of interesting comments from Jets players and head coach Claude Noel about the state of the team and what they need to do to get back on track.

As the Jets know themselves, saying the right things is one thing, getting it done on the ice with more consistency has been another for them.

With a six-game road trip beginning on Monday against the New Jersey Devils, the Jets would like nothing more than to pack a little momentum when they get on their chartered flight.

Mark Stuart is in for the Jets, replacing Zach Redmond, who was returned to the St. John’s IceCaps of the American Hockey League to get a little more ice time.

I’m not anticipating any other changes for the Jets, based on the fact they used their regular line combinations in Friday’s workout. That said, there’s always a chance Noel could turn to Anthony Peluso.

Ondrej Pavelec will be in net for the Jets, while Harding is in for the Wild.

Enjoy the tilt.

Here’s how I expect both teams to start:

Jets

Andrew Ladd-Bryan Little-Blake Wheeler
Evander Kane-Olli Jokinen-Devin Setoguchi
Matt Halischuk-Mark Scheifele-Michael Frolik
Eric Tangradi-James Wright-Chris Thorburn

Toby Enstrom-Dustin Byfuglien
Grant Clitsome-Adam Pardy
Mark Stuart-Keaton Ellerby

Ondrej Pavelec (Al Monotya)

Wild

Zach Parise-Mikko Koivu-Jason Pominville
Jason Zucker-Charlie Coyle-Nino Niederreiter
Matt Cooke-Kyle Brodziak-Justin Fontaine
Dany Heatley-Zenon Konopka-

Ryan Suter-Jonnas Brodin
Clayton Stoner-Matt Dumba
Marco Scandella-Jared Spurgeon
Nate Prosser

Niklas Backstrom (Darcy Kuemper) – Josh Harding suffered lower-body injury during the pre-game warm-up

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