Wild to ground the Jets for our Saturday NHL Picks

Dana Lane

Saturday, January 13, 2018 4:20 PM UTC

Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 4:20 PM UTC

The Jets have won four straight against the Wild, that streak ends tonight at the Excel Energy Center starting at 7:00 ET / 4:00 PT.

Free Picks: Minnesota Wild
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Winnipeg vs Minnesota

Last night was no different when the Winnipeg Jets and the Chicago Blackhawks easily went UNDER the Total. Tonight, we’re following the Jets as they play the second of their back to back games against the Minnesota Wild.

I don’t have the Wild in the upper half of my power rankings but they’re in a better spot than they were to start the season. The Wild skidded out of the gate but in some ways, I think that has helped them once they found their stride. Every game has to be played like a playoff game which is why you see so many lower seeds have success in the postseason. They’ve already been playing playoff hockey just to get in. The Wild are sitting with the Chicago Blackhawks on the last wild card spot in the West and the Jets are still within reach so you can anticipate Minnesota’s best effort on home ice. They’ve already started that assent towards the top of the standings with a solid 2-1, road win, over the Chicago Blackhawks Wednesday night.

Bruce Boudreau had another meltdown which seemed to inspire their effort against the ‘Hawks but he can rest easy knowing that his team is starting to get healthy. Only Nino Niederreiter is an injury concern and he’ll be back in the next few games. Zach Parise earned his first point of the season against Buffalo after being out all season. His presence will stabilize the left side of their second line with Tyler Ennis and Eric Staal after being out 250 days. Parise has five games under his belt now so he should start to return to his normal form soon. You can pencil him in for 20-25 goals in a normal season so his addition will definitely help a Wild team that seems to struggle to get pucks into the net consistently.

If the Wild can put check marks in the win column against the Jets and Vancouver Canucks they’ll go into their five-day break with a chance to get healthy while still being in the thick of the race.

This is a major revenge spot for the Wild who were handed a 7-2 loss in Winnipeg in their last meeting. The Jets scored seven times on just 28 shots but that’s a little easier to when the Wild spent most of their night in the penalty box. Defensemen Kyle Quincey soaked up 16 penalty minutes and has since been put on waivers.

Another difference is Devan Dubnyk will start in goal instead of Alex Stalock who finished the game with a .750 save percentage. Dubnyk has been sensational since the end of November allowing just 2.1 goals per game since the St. Louis Blues got to Dubnyk for six goals November 25th.

Jump on the Wild tonight to cash yet another NHL picks ticket.

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