7 p.m. vs. Winnipeg • Xcel Energy Center • FSN, 100.3-FM
Winnipeg arrives with momentum
Preview: Wild coach Bruce Boudreau expects the Jets to come to Minnesota with “a load of confidence’’ after a 7-1 thrashing of Pittsburgh on Sunday. Winnipeg is 5-1-2 in its past eight games after being outscored 13-5 in season-opening losses to Toronto and Calgary. The game begins the second half of the Wild’s six-game, 12-day homestand; the team is 2-1 thus far and enters Tuesday’s game off victories over the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh, its first consecutive victories this season. The Wild lost 4-3 at Winnipeg on Oct. 20 in the teams’ first meeting this season.
Players to watch: Jets F Blake Wheeler, a Plymouth native and former Gopher, scored his second career hat trick Sunday against the Penguins. Wheeler leads the Jets with 12 points (four goals, eight assists) and scored the winner against the Wild 11 days ago. Wild D Jared Spurgeon has three assists in his past two games and is tied with Chris Stewart for the team scoring lead with eight points; his seven assists this season are tied for ninth among NHL defensemen.
Numbers: Wild F Tyler Ennis needs one goal to reach 100 for his NHL career. … Jets G Connor Helle- buyck, 5-0-1 this season, is among the NHL leaders in goals-against average (2.05, eighth) and save percentage (. 937, seventh). … The Wild is 2-1-1 on Halloween.
Injuries: Wild F Zach Parise (back surgery), Charlie Coyle (broken leg) and Landon Ferraro (hip flexor) are out; F Nino Niederreiter (sprained left ankle) is questionable. Jets F Adam Lowry (upper-body injury) and F Mathieu Perreault (knee) are out.