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Munz: Hutchinson gets first NHL start as Jets host Wild

Brian Munz
4/7/2014 1:54:38 PM
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The Winnipeg Jets start their final week of regular season play on home ice tonight with a 7:00pm ct face-off against the Minnesota Wild at MTS Centre.

Michael Hutchinson will start in goal for the Jets.  It's his first NHL start after playing with the ECHL's Ontario Reign and AHL's St. John's Ice Caps this season.

Jets Projected Lines:

Kane-Little-Frolik
Tangradi-Jokinen-Wheeler
Setoguchi-O'Dell-Halischuk
Klingberg-Slater-Peluso

Enstrom-Postma
Stuart-Trouba
Pardy-Redmond

Head Coach Paul Maurice announced today Dustin Byfuglien will miss the final three games due to a torn muscle.

Andrew Ladd will not play due to an upper body injury.  He is listed as day-to-day.

Olli Jokinen has scored in back-to-back games.

Tonight is Jim Slater's 500th NHL game.

Minnesota enters this game with a 3-0-1 record in their last four games earning seven of a possible eight points.

The (40-26-12) Wild have 92 points and currently hold a Western Conference Wild Card playoff spot.

Ilya Bryzgalov will start in goal.

Wild Projected Lines:

Parise-Koivu-Coyle
Moulson-Haula-Pominville
Cooke-Brodziak-Fontaine
Veilleux-McCormick-Niederreiter

Suter-Spurgeon
Prosser-Brodin
Blum-Scandella

Erik Haula has scored in back-to-back games and has two goals and an assist in his last three games.

Charlie Coyle has one goal and three assists in his last three games.

Tonight is the final of a five-game regular season series between these teams.  Mikko Koivu has three goals and one assist so far, and has led the Wild to a 3-1 record vs. Winnipeg.

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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