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Thursday, October 10th (All times Eastern)

Winnipeg Jets (2-1-0) at Minnesota Wild (0-1-2), 8 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Minnesota Wild will try for their first victory of the season on Thursday night without their No. 1 goaltender as they play host to the Winnipeg Jets.

Niklas Backstrom was hurt in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to Nashville, suffering a right knee sprain in the first period. He had allowed two goals on five shots before the Predators' Eric Nystrom was hauled down from behind by defenseman Keith Ballard, with both skaters skidding through the crease and into Backstrom.

Josh Harding came on in relief and the first action he saw was Nystrom's penalty shot. He was unable to come up with the save on the eventual game- winner.

"You have to be ready. You have to know, going into every game, that there's a chance you could play in it. I should be ready for whatever happens during the game," said Harding, who ended with 19 saves.

Zach Parise and Jared Spurgeon scored for the Wild, who had lost a pair of post-regulation home games before the setback to the Predators. They are off to their worst start since beginning the 2000-01 season, the Wild's first in the NHL, 0-4 with a tie.

"We've got to find a way to win," Ballard said.

Harding will get the start tonight and has never faced the Jets, while there is a chance Backstrom could serve as the backup.

Winnipeg was denied its first ever 3-0 start with Sunday's 3-2 setback to Anaheim. Andrew Ladd scored both of the Jets' goals, while Black Wheeler picked up two assists.

Ondrej Pavelec made 30 saves.

"I had very few players that were good in the game," Winnipeg head coach Claude Noel said. "I thought Pavelec was our best player by far."

The Jets will play their second road contest of the season before starting a six-game homestand on Friday.

Winnipeg forward Devin Setoguchi will make his return trip to Minnesota after spending his previous two seasons with the Wild. He logged 32 goals and 63 points in 117 games with Minnesota before getting dealt to the Jets on July 5 for a 2014 second-round pick.

"At the end of the day, it's not about me personally going back there. It's about our team going to Minnesota and trying to get the win," said Setoguchi, who has two goals and an assist in three games with the Jets. "For me it's going to be a little weird going back and playing against some old friends, but it's strictly business. We need to go in there and try and win a hockey game."

The Jets franchise has won four straight and five of its last six meetings with the Wild, sweeping the two-game set in 2011-12.

Winnipeg and Minnesota will meet for the first time as division rivals, with the Jets shifting to the Western Conference and Central Division under realignment. The Wild also changed divisions having previously been in the since-disbanded Northwest Division.

Pavelec has won both of his previous meetings with the Wild, posting a 1.00 goals against average and .971 save percentage after giving up just two goals on 68 shots faced.

10/10 11:03:21 ET

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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