Winnipeg Jets vs. Minnesota Wild - 4/13/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

They would head back home with the series at 1-1 and in home games this year, the Wild are 27-6-7-1 this season.

If the Jets win, they'll be in complete control, but if the Wild win, they'll wrestle away home-ice advantage.

The Wild are in the postseason for the sixth consecutive season.

"We really want to do this for Winnipeggers and to make sure that Winnipeg shows well to the world".

It's important that they hold serve.

"That was not the start for the third period that we wanted". He went to back-to-back finals, first with the Rangers in 2014 and then Tampa Bay the year after.

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It appeared to be a defensive clinic Wednesday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference quarterfinals when Winnipeg led Minnesota 1-0 through two periods. The atmosphere will be similar on Friday but it will be interesting to see what adjustments there are to the game plans of both teams. Devan Dubnyk stopped 39 shots for Minnesota.

If the Wild can bait the Jets into the kind of penalties they fell victim to in recent seasons, maybe Minnesota will have a shot to offset some of Winnipeg's statistical advantages here, but the safe bet is on the Jets simply overpowering their division rivals with the strength of their power play. The "whiteout" crowd of more than 15,000 were chanting "Go Jets Go" and waving white towels before the puck even dropped. "We know where the Jets stand, and rightfully so".

"I think we can be better". "The expansion's actually going to help us with safety".

It was nearly like the Wild played scared after that.

Joel Eriksson Ek was noticeably absent from practice yesterday, and hoping that it was just a precautionary measure after the huge hit he took from Dustin Byfuglien in game one.

Connor Hellebuyck made 18 saves for the Jets, who finished second overall in the National Hockey League and Central Division with 114 points (52-20-10).

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The Jets committed their own fair share of mistakes in game one and most notably was their lackadaisical puck control in their own zone.

"We played well enough to win", defenceman Jacob Trouba said.

Gallant did acknowledge the playoffs "will be a little bit more intense" and there will be extra pressure. "But we responded well". "Maurice provided no update on him other than to say "(Matt) Hendricks and (Dmitry) Kulikov are out. The Russian sniper has been to the post-season nine times and played 97 playoff games, yet he's never made it to the third round.

Though Jared Spurgeon is still considered a game-time decision, it looks as if the valuable Wild defenseman is going to suit up for Game 1.

"Momentum doesn't carry over from game to game in the playoffs", defenceman Josh Morrissey said. "But the ideal would be winning [Game 2]". The Jets are 4-0 in their last four Friday games. Mikko is so responsible and does so much for this team, but in the third period he was gassed but Boudreau had him on the ice for the entire last few minutes with Dubnyk on the bench for the extra attacker. "I'll take a faceoff off an icing all day long over a turnover there". "It's been the strength of our team and we feel very fortunate, with the amount of bodies that we have that can fill in and be effective". The other Canadian on the Jets to record a point on Wednesday was Mark Scheifele of Kitchener, Ontario, who opened the scoring at 17:36 of the second period. Johansen may not be a top-line center in the sense that he is going to put 100 points on the board or score 30-goals, but there is a lot to be said for a 60-point, two-way player that can drive possession the way Johansen does.

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