7 p.m. vs. Winnipeg • Xcel Energy Center • NBCSN, 100.3-FM
Wild try to stay perfect vs. Jets
Preview: The Jets, who beat the Wild in five games in the opening round of last season’s Stanley Cup playoffs, led the Central Division heading into Wednesday’s games. The Wild is on the playoff bubble at the season’s midpoint. Minnesota leads the season series 2-0, winning 4-2 at the X and 3-1 at Bell MTS Place.
Players to watch: Winnipeg’s scoring leaders are All-Stars Blake Wheeler (7 goals-48 assists—55 points) and Mark Scheifele (23-30—53). G Connor Hellebuyck has a 2.52 goals-against average and .912 save percentage in 12 games vs. the Wild. … Wild D Ryan Suter (26 minutes, 23 seconds) is second in the NHL in average time-on-ice, behind Kings D Drew Doughty.
Numbers: Wild C Mikko Koivu has 199 career goals; Marian Gaborik (219) holds the team record. Wild G Devan Dubnyk is 4-1 with a 2.01 goals-against average and .937 saves percentage in his past five starts.
Injuries: Jets D Dustin Byfuglien (lower body) and W Nikolaj Ehlers (shoulder) are out. Wild D Matt Dumba (pectoral surgery) is out and C Eric Fehr (upper body) is questionable.