Game Day: Wild at Winnipeg
- December 12, 2011 - 10:43 PM
Preview: The Wild has won seven consecutive games overall and seven in a row on the road. ... The Jets had a four-game winning streak (all at home) end with a 7-1 loss at Detroit on Saturday.
Players to watch: Wild C Mikko Koivu has goals in his past three games and has points in 11 of his past 12 games (6-10--16). W Dany Heatley has points in six in a row (3-3--6). C Kyle Brodziak is coming off his second two-goal performance in his past five games. G Niklas Backstrom has won four consecutive starts. ... For Winnipeg, LW Evander Kane leads the team with 24 points. He has seven goals in his past eight games. Minnesota natives Dustin Byfuglien and Blake Wheeler are second and tied for third on the team in scoring. Wheeler has seven points in his past seven games. C Bryan Little has goals in three games in a row. G Ondrej Pavelec is 10-10-4 this season.
Numbers: The Jets are 9-4 at the relatively small MTS Centre (capacity: 15,004) and have won eight of their past nine there. The Wild's seven-game road winning streak is the NHL's longest this season. It has 22 road points, most in the league.
Injury update: The Wild had several players return to practice Monday, including D Marek Zidlicky (concussion), W Guillaume Latendresse (concussion), D Justin Falk (upper body) and G Josh Harding (whiplash), who all were cleared to play, although they likely will not suit up against the Jets. W Cal Clutterbuck (charley horse) is back after missing two games and will skate with the Wild's top line with Koivu and Heatley. Devin Setoguchi (lower body) will miss his third consecutive game. ... For Winnipeg, C/RW Aaron Gagnon (undisclosed), D Derek Meech (lower body), D Tobias Enstrom (broken collarbone) and D Ron Hainsey (lower body) are all on injured reserve. RW Eric Fehr (shoulder) is questionable.KENT YOUNGBLOOD
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