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Munz: Stuart returns as Jets finish homestand against Wild

Brian Munz
11/23/2013 10:39:20 AM
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The Winnipeg Jets conclude a three-game homestand at 2:00ct this afternoon against the Minnesota Wild.
 
The Jets (10-11-3) are seventh in the Central Division, one point behind fifth place Dallas and sixth place Nashville.
 
Ondrej Pavelec (8-9-2, 2.86, .911, 1so) will start in goal.  He is one win shy of 100 in his NHL career.
 
Mark Stuart returns to action after missing the last 10 games due to injury.  With Stuart's return, Winnipeg re-assigned Zach Redmond yesterday to the AHL's St. John's IceCaps.
 
Jets Projected Lines:
 
Ladd-Little-Wheeler
Kane-Jokinen-Setoguchi
Halischuk-Scheifele-Frolik
Tangradi-Wright-Thorburn
 
Clitsome-Byfuglien
Enstrom-Ellerby
Pardy-Stuart
 
Dustin Byfuglien is on a four game goal scoring streak in which he has scored five goals.  He has also three assists in those four games.
 
Bryan Little has five points (one goal & four assists) in his last three games.
 
Blake Wheeler is also on a three-game point streak with four assists.
 
Winnipeg has scored five power play goals in their last four games.
 
Minnesota (14-5-4) has 32 points and sits fourth in the Central Division.  Third place Colorado also has 32 points, but have played 2 less games.  The Wild are one point behind second place St. Louis and two back of division leading Chicago.
 
The Wild are in the midst of a five game road trip.  Their last game was Thursday in Ottawa where they edged the Senators 4-3.
 
In their last 14 games, their record is 11-2-1.
 
Josh Harding (13-3-2, 1.48, .939, 2so) will start his 11th straight game in goal.
 
Wild Projected Lines:
 
Parise-Koivu-Coyle
Zucker-Granlund-Pominville
Cooke-Brodziak-Niederreiter
Heatley-Konopka-Fontaine
 
Suter-Brodin
Stoner-Dumba
Spurgeon-Scandella
 
Dany Heatley has scored in back to back games.
 
Jonus Brodin has a goal and 2 assists in his last 2 games.
 
Today is the third of five regular season games between these two teams.  Mikko Koivu has led the Wild with goals, while Josh Harding has stopped 35 of 37 shots in a pair of 2-1 wins.  Both of those games were played in Minnesota.  The remaining two games, following today, will also be at MTS Centre.

The Bloggers: TSN Radio 1290 broadcasters Dennis Beyak and Brian Munz cover the Winnipeg Jets all season long. Manitoba-native Beyak is the play-by-play announcer for Jets regional games on TSN Jets and on TSN Radio 1290. Munz serves as a commentator for Jets broadcasts on TSN Radio 1290. Munz had previously been the voice of the Manitoba Moose.

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