This will be the second meeting of five between the new Central Division rivals. The Wild won the first one on their home ice back in early October. The Jets will look to even out the series before these two teams face again at the MTS Centre in less than a week.
Both teams are looking to continue their hot streaks. The Jets are 6-4 in their last 10 games while the Wild are 8-1-1. The Wild are on a seven-game point streak, which includes a 5-0 record on home ice during that stretch.
It will be a difficult game, but the Jets are finally stringing some wins together. However, they’re doing it a little bit differently than the Wild.
The Jets have won three straight games in the shootout. Usually, the shootout isn’t too kind to the Jets, but this year has been different. A 5-1 shootout record ties the Jets with the Washington Capitals for the best team in hockey in this regard.
At some point, the Jets will have to win games in regulation. While they’ll take wins however they can get them right now, their luck in the shootout or overtime will eventually run out.
Regardless, the Jets are playing the best hockey they’ve played in a long time and deserved to win the games they’ve won. They have to keep it up to compete for a playoff spot in the tough Western Conference.
Following the trip to Minnesota, the Jets will be right back in action on Monday night as they head back home to take on the Calgary Flames. Back-to-back wins would surely start to turn some heads.