Minnesota Wild (25-20-6) at Winnipeg Jets (27-18-10)
|Date & Time||Tuesday February 10, 2015, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Winnipeg Jets -128 / Minnesota Wild +116 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Wild look to stay red hot and lock up their sixth win in a row and their second in as many nights as they travel to Winnipeg to take on the Jets.
Minnesota has been the league's hottest team over the last couple of weeks and they can continue their bid at a playoff spot with a road win in Winnipeg on Tuesday night just hours after their big time victory at home against the Vancouver Canucks. The league has been lobbying for the Wild and Jets to develop into a fierce rivalry and the teams haven't disappointed as it is emerging as one of the new great show downs between two division rivals and heading into tonight's game the Wild sit eight poitns back of Winnipeg and need a win in a big way if they want to continue their drive for a wild card spot. Devan Dubnyk has been brilliant since his debut in Minnesota and while they have continued to ride him they are likely to turn to Darcy Kuemper here who is returning from a long stint on the injured reserve and the allocation of starting time moving forward will be something interesting to watch out for.
The Jets meanwhile look to end their lengthy playoff drought and give one of the league's best fan bases something to cheer about come April and at the moment they are in the driver's seat to make the Western Conference playoffs. The Jets sit in fourth place in the Central division but are just four points back of the idle Blackhawks and with a win here they can move one step closer to getting out of the wild card cloud and into the Central division play downs that may be a little more favourable than a matchup against either the Predators or Ducks. Winnipeg has had to deal with some adversity of late surrounding the Evander Kane saga but they look dialed in and now with Jacob Trouba back in full health the team is starting to click that much more and if they get everyone back soon they could very well make a serious push in the West. Minnesota is playing very well of late but I think the Jets are the deeper team overall and on home ice they should get it done.