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Jets try to get back on track in home test vs. Wild

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Winnipeg Jets are in danger of following up their best stretch of the season with their worst.

The Jets try to avoid a season-high fourth straight setback on Saturday afternoon and beat the Minnesota Wild for the first time in three meetings this season.

Winnipeg had won back-to-back games just once this season prior to a four-game winning streak from Nov. 8-15, a run that included three straight shootout victories.

The Jets saw their season-high string of victories snapped with a 2-1 loss at Minnesota on Nov. 17 and have since also dropped a shootout decision to Calgary ahead of Thursday's 6-3 loss to the visiting Chicago Blackhawks.

Andrew Ladd and Dustin Byfuglien each had a goal and an assist for the Jets on Thursday, while Keaton Ellerby also lit the lamp and Ondrej Pavelec yielded five goals on 32 shots faced.

"We got what we deserved," Pavelec said "If you play in your zone like we did tonight, you can't expect to get a point. They won the (Stanley) Cup for a reason."

Winnipeg has hit the skids despite going 5-for-13 on the power play over its last four games. That comes on the heels of a 1-for-47 stretch on the man advantage that ran from Oct. 13-Nov. 12.

Byfuglien has been a big part of the surge as he has five goals over his past four games and four of those tallies have come on the power play.

His lone even-strength goal in that span came in the 2-1 loss to the Wild.

Winnipeg is expected to have defenseman Mark Stuart back in the lineup for this meeting with Minnesota. He had been sidelined since Oct. 29 with a hip injury.

The Jets have dropped a pair of 2-1 decisions to the Wild this season -- both in Minnesota -- after winning each of the previous four meetings. The Wild are making just their second trip to Winnipeg since the Jets franchise relocated from Atlanta and first since a 2-1 Jets win on Dec. 13, 2011.

Pavelec has split his four career starts versus the Wild, picking up both losses this season while stopping 50-of-54 shots faced.

The Wild are looking to stay on track today following Wednesday's 4-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators. Mikko Koivu tallied the go-ahead goal just inside of three minutes left in regulation as Minnesota rebounded from a 6-2 loss in Montreal on Monday.

The win over the Sens improved the Wild to 11-2-1 in their past 14 games.

"We've been playing great hockey the last month or so, so we can't change things based on one game. I think we showed that tonight," said Koivu, who also had two assists and has logged 12 points in 10 games this month.

Koivu had both Minnesota goals in the win over Winnipeg last weekend.

Dany Heatley and Jonas Brodin added a goal and assist apiece against the Senators for the Wild, while Josh Harding came up with 34 saves to give Minnesota a split of the first two contests of a four-game road trip that ends on Monday in St. Louis.

Harding had never faced the Jets franchise before this season, but has picked up both victories for the Wild while halting 35-of-37 shots faced.

11/23 11:08:00 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
 
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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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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
12:05pm Today
NOR
DUR
 
Final
CLE 6
TOR 4
Final
DET 2
ANA 1
Final
NYM 4
ATL 3
Final
MIA 3
SEA 2
Final
PIT 2
MIL 3
Final
WAS 3
STL 2
Final
TAM 1
NYY 5
Final
KAN 3
MIN 8
Final
CHC 2
CIN 8
Final
TEX 2
CWS 16
Final
OAK 4
HOU 1
Final
LOS 4
ARI 1
Final
COL 9
PHI 10
Final
SDP 3
SFG 4
Final
BOS 6
BAL 5
11:05am Today
BOS
BAL
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
CIN
 
7:05pm Tonight
CLE
KAN
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
ANA
 
7:08pm Tonight
DET
CWS
 
7:10pm Tonight
ATL
MIA
 
7:10pm Tonight
NYM
STL
 
8:05pm Tonight
CHC
ARI
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIL
SDP
 
8:40pm Tonight
COL
SFG
 
10:05pm Tonight
OAK
TEX
 
10:10pm Tonight
SEA
HOU
 
10:10pm Tonight
LOS
PHI
 
Final
SAN 90
DAL 85
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
Final
CHI 93
WAS 102
1st OT
HOU 119
POR 119
 
8:00pm Tonight
OKC
MEM
10:30pm Tonight
LAC
GSW
Final
NYR 2
PHI 4
Final
BOS 4
DET 1
Final
MON 3
TAM 2
Final
SJS 7
LOS 2
7:00pm Tonight
MIN
COL
7:00pm Tonight
CLB
PIT
8:30pm Tonight
CHI
STL
9:30pm Tonight
DAL
ANA
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
12:05pm Today
NOR
DUR