NHL Hockey

Final 1 2 3 Tot
Winnipeg 0 1 1 2
Minnesota 1 2 0 3
5:00 PM PT6:00 PM MT7:00 PM CT8:00 PM ET1:00 GMT9:00 6:00 PM MST8:00 PM EST5:00 UAE (+1)20:00 ETNaN:� BRT, January 10, 2019
Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minnesota  Attendance: 19,072

Jets bring offensive momentum into clash with Wild

Winnipeg Jets at Minnesota Wild

  1. The Jets beat the Avalanche, 7-4, on Tuesday, their third time scoring at least seven goals this season. Of their seven goals, three came in the third period -- they have 57 third-period goals this season, third most in the NHL behind the Avs (63) and Flames (67).
  2. After scoring four power-play goals against Montreal on December 11, Minnesota has converted one power-play goal in 23 opportunities. That 4.3 percentage since December 13 is the second worst in the NHL (Columbus, 3.7).
  3. The Wild have won three straight games against the Jets, scoring seven of their 11 combined goals in the third period. The Jets have scored only four goals in those games, three of which came on the power play.
  4. Blake Wheeler tallied a goal and three assists against Colorado, his second game this season with at least four points (both against Colorado). He has six games this season with at least three assists, tied with Nikita Kucherov for most in the NHL.
  5. Eric Staal's 63 points against Winnipeg are the fourth most against the team all-time, behind Alex Ovechkin (91), Martin St. Louis (83), and Vincent Lecavalier (75). However, he has only two points in his last nine games against the Jets.
  6. Minnesota has 10 players with at least 20 points this season. That is tied with San Jose for the most such players in the NHL. The Jets are tied with three other teams with nine such skaters.

Those scoring woes are officially in the rearview mirror for the Winnipeg Jets.

After going through a surprising stretch in which it was held to one or fewer goals in five out of seven games, Winnipeg has regained its offensive swagger.

Entering Thursday's road game against the Minnesota Wild, the Jets (27-13-2) have scored 12 goals in their last two games. Seven different players lit the lamp in their 7-4 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night.

"We like what we can do offensively," said Jets captain Blake Wheeler, who collected one goal and four points against the Avalanche. "There's going to be nights when we're pouring it on and their goalie plays well, and there's going to be nights when we get a few and make the most of our chances."

Winnipeg made the most of its chances in the first half of the clash with the Avs, scoring four times on its first 11 shots on goal, but the real display came after the second intermission. Colorado managed to pull within one thanks to a couple of late second-period goals, but that's when the Jets put the pedal to the metal and went on to claim their third win in four outings.

"It's not the mistakes that change the momentum, it's what you do after the momentum's changed," said Jets coach Paul Maurice. "It deserved to be 4-3 after two (periods). They capitalized on a couple of mistakes, but we came out right and put ourselves back in a strong position."

Despite coming off a 4-0 thumping at the hands of the Boston Bruins on Tuesday, Minnesota (21-18-3) feels it is in a pretty strong position, too.

Fatigue was a factor, as the Wild were finishing a four-game road trip and fell behind early. Minnesota won the first three outings on that trip and remains hopeful that a turning point has been found amidst what's becoming a middling season.

Sure, the Wild sit in a wild-card spot, but everybody in the Minnesota dressing room believes they are part of a club that should be in a better spot and playing with more consistency.

"Obviously we're disappointed with the result tonight," Wild forward Eric Staal said after the loss at Boston. "But we did have some good wins and played some good hockey and we've gotta take that with us when we go home."

Minnesota will play five of the next six games at home, and has an opportunity to string together a winning streak with clashes against the likes of the Detroit Red Wings, Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks and Columbus Blue Jackets on the docket following the Winnipeg tilt.

"We finally got ourselves back in the race here," said coach Bruce Boudreau. "We gotta push forward here. That's what you gotta do."

--Field Level Media

Updated January 9, 2019

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