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5:00 PM PT6:00 PM MT7:00 PM CT8:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)20:00 ET21:00 BRT, October 10, 2019
Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, Manitoba  Attendance: 15,325

Wild look for first win in '19 at Jets

Minnesota Wild at Winnipeg Jets

  1. The Wild won all five games with the Jets in 2018-19 to push their regular-season win streak in the series to six. This is Winnipeg's longest active losing streak against any single opponent, while it's tied for Minnesota's second-longest active winning streak behind a nine-game run over Montreal.
  2. This will be Winnipeg's home opener after starting out on the road. Since the start of the 2017-18 season, the Jets are tied with the Bruins for the second-most home wins in the NHL with 57.
  3. Patrik Laine and Mark Scheifele each lead the Jets with six points. They are the first set of teammates to amass six or more points in the team's first four games since 2009-10, when Ilya Kovalchuk and Rich Peverley each had six for the Atlanta Thrashers.
  4. The Wild and Coyotes are the only teams in the league to have opened with back-to-back losses for the third straight season. The last time Minnesota opened with three consecutive defeats was in 2013-14.
  5. Through two games, the Wild have attempted 55 shots on goal for an average of 27.5 per game -- the league's sixth-worst mark. Last season, Minnesota averaged a franchise-best 31.3 shots on goal.
  6. Ryan Suter leads the Wild with three points after having a team-best 40 assists last season. Since debuting in 2005-06, Suter is averaging 0.51 points per game but has just 10 points in 38 career games against the Jets franchise for an average of 0.26 points per game -- his worst mark against any team.

Minnesota coach Bruce Boudreau is expecting his winless team to come out playing angry in Thursday night's game at Winnipeg.

It's the third of a three-game, season-opening road trip for the Wild, who lost 5-2 at Nashville and 4-2 at Colorado following slow starts.

Minnesota fell behind 2-0 in the first six minutes on Saturday against the Avalanche, which inspired Boudreau to use a timeout midway through the first period to give his team a pep talk.

The Wild responded with a rally to tie it midway through the second period before Gabriel Landeskog scored what proved to be the game-winner late in the period. Colorado sealed it with an empty-net goal with 39 seconds left.

"Take the first 10 minutes out of the game, as you take the first 10 minutes out in Nashville when they outshot us 10-0, and we were really good," Boudreau said. "We played really hard."

Boudreau has stressed the importance of a quick start during the four-day break since the loss at Colorado.

"We have to come out angry and not dip our toe in the water and see how the other team is playing before we react to it," Boudreau said.

"I think that's an important thing. We have to go out right from the get-go and want to get that 2-0 lead and push the envelope that way, rather than play a cozy game and wait to see what happens. Once we got behind (at Colorado), I thought we were dynamic in what we were doing."

Defenseman Ryan Suter agreed with his coach.

"That effort is going to get us a lot of points this year," Suter said. "I think there are a lot of positives. Obviously, we've got to fix some of the negatives. It was a solid game. We just weren't able to get that third one and tie it up."

"After we settled down a little bit, I thought we took the game over," Wild left winger Zach Parise said. "We had some good looks and some good opportunities. The effort was there. We played hard. (Colorado) capitalized when they got that rush late in the second period, and that was it."

This will be the home opener for Winnipeg, which comes in off a 4-1 victory at Pittsburgh on Tuesday to earn a split of its season opening four-game road trip. The Jets play seven of their next eight games at home.

"You play .500 on the road and win your home games and you're a good team," Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said.

Winnipeg's win at Pittsburgh was symbolic, as it snapped an 18-game franchise losing streak to the Penguins dating back to Dec. 27, 2006, when the team was still located in Atlanta. A defense missing four starters, including Dustin Byfuglien (personal), that had allowed 14 goals in its first three games shut down the Penguins after Sidney Crosby scored just 32 seconds into the contest.

Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck rebounded from allowing the goal on Pittsburgh's first shot of the game to finish with 37 saves. And 18-year-old rookie Ville Heinola started the comeback with his first NHL goal, one of three scored by Jets defensemen.

"Those guys are working really hard back there," Maurice said of his inexperienced backline. "They're learning every shift. I thought they were great."

--Field Level Media

Updated October 9, 2019

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