JETBLAST: WINNIPEG @ MINNESOTA

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JETBLAST - Minnesota Wild
JETBLAST - Winnipeg Jets

JETBLAST

Winnipeg Jets (2-1-0) at Minnesota Wild (0-1-2)

7:00 p.m., Xcel Energy Center TV: TSN Jets, Prime TV Radio: TSN 1290, KFAN 100.3FM,

The Jets lost their first game of the year Sunday night in a demoralizing way. Anaheim came in on the second half of a back to back and thouroughly dominated the Winnipeg Jets for 60 minutes. Winnipeg needs to bounce back and bounce fast to avoid the panic button being hit in this town. On the other side it may be to late to avoid the panic. Minnesota is winless in their first three and have given up third period leads twice. Since signing the two biggest free agents on the market the Wild have dissapointed. This is sure to be the start of a good rivalry so strap in and get ready.

Wild

The Wild have shown flashes of being a good team however have not been able to put a full 60 minutes forward. Although the Wild were able to make the playoffs last year they lasted only 5 games and with the amount of money they had invested in the team it was seen as a dissapointment. Moving forward in the newly formed central division life gets harder for the Wild. They find themselves among the 3 or 4 teams (including Winnipeg) fighting for that third spot in the division and a playoff spot. Minnesota is led by their offensive skill, Mikko Koivu, Dany Heatley, and Zach Parise to name a few, all offer a constant threat to put the puck in the net. The question mark will come in goal for the Wild on Thursday as it is unclear if Niklas Backstrom will be ready to go, if not Josh Harding will tend the net.

Jets

Although having some troubles, and more than a few moments of weakness the Jets were able to get through their first two games with wins, however all the negatives came together Sunday and the Jets were dominated. This will be a huge test for the team, learning to bounce back after a stinker like that is the key to making playoffs in the NHL. It is clear Winnipeg needs to be better in their own zone however. To many times the puck was given away or misplayed, resulting in too many attempts on Ondrej Pavelec. If Winnipeg is not more solid in their Dzone they will have no chance against the high powered Wild offence.

Keys to the Game

Control the Shot Clock: So far this season the Jets have been badly out played for long periods of the game resulting in a very slanted shot clock, which showed with the Jets only putting 17 pucks towards Viktor Fasth Sunday. The Jets have averaged being outshot by nearly 10 shots a game this year.

Bogo’: Zach Bogosian had an enormous blunder Sunday night coughing up the puck to Corey Perry for the game winning goal. Zach Bogosian has been one of the most solid defenceman for the Jets since they moved to this town so I think he is owed the benefit of the doubt. It is important he does not dwell on the mistake and he bounces back.

Pavvy: As coach Noel said so far this season Ondrej Pavelec has been superb, and the way the Jets are struggling right now they need it. As long as Pavelec plays how he is the Jets always will have a chance to win.

Starting Goalies

Ondrej Pavelec (2-1-0) GAA: 3.33 SV% .907
(Undecided) Niklas Backstrom (0-0-2) GAA: 3.40 SV% .849 or Josh Harding (0-1-0) GAA: 1.25 SV%: .950

Injuries

Backstrom MIN, (Knee) day-to-day
Coyle MIN, (Knee) out
Rupp MIN, (Knee) out

Last 10 (W-L-OTL)

Jets: 2-1-0
Minnesota: 0-1-2

Prediction

Jets bounce back for solid win
Jets 3 Wild 1

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