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Preview: Jets vs. Wild

Preseason continues tonight at the MTS Centre as the Jets get ready to take on the Minnesota Wild.

Thursday, 19.09.2013 / 12:57 PM / News Articles
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FROM THE MORNING SKATE

It was tough to tell who was playing with who at this morning's skate as it seemed that Noel was doing a fair bit of shuffling.

Eric Tangradi left the practice early which contributed to the line changing. After the skate, Noel informed media that there is a little bit of fatigue going on right now and that Tangradi left due to some muscle cramping and that it wasn't an injury but was not going to be a player in tonight's game versus the Minnesota Wild.

"There were a couple of guys who were just sore. Tangradi won’t be in the game tonight, he was scheduled to play in the game but he’s day to day. He’ll be ok, it’s just a little training camp fatigue."

UP FRONT

What we do know is the top line tonight will be familiar Blake Wheeler, Bryan Little and Andrew Ladd. Mark Scheifele will be slotted in with James Wright and Matt Halischuk but the last two lines will have to be determined during the pre-game warmup.

"If Mark is here, what’s his role going to be?" asked Noel. "That’s something I’d like him to think about. Is he top six or bottom six, because the roles can change. I don’t want to put any pressure on him, he’s an offensive player and he always will be but he needs to look at the way he needs to play. It would be really good for him to play different roles, if he’s here through the season."

With Tangradi not playing tonight, Noel says he will slot in a player from the second group but did not let the media know who it is. Speculations are that Evander Kane will jump up and join the roster.

Look for Devin Setoguchi to play a hard-fought game tonight as he'll be facing his former Wild team tonight and is looking foward to the challenge and the new rivalry.

ON THE BLUELINE

Young Josh Morrissey will get a great opportunity tonight to play with Dustin Byfuglien on the back end. He'll really be looking to make as good an impression as he can tonight in front of Jets fans and management. Tobias Enstrom, Zach Bogosian, Zach Redmond and Adam Pardy round out the rest of the blueline roster.

GOALTENDING

Michael Hutchinson and Al Montoya are listed as the goaltenders tonight. Hutchinson played last Sunday night against the Ottawa Senators and will look to make a mark tonight. Montoya is yet to play in a pre-season game.

JETS ROSTER

FORWARDS

12 Olli Jokinen

14 Anthony Peluso

15 Matt Halischuk

16 Andrew Ladd

17 James Wright

18 Bryan Little

26 Blake Wheeler

28 Patrice Cormier

40 Devin Setoguchi

43 Will O'Neill

52 Ivan Telegin

55 Mark Scheifele

64 Cody Sol

DEFENCE

2 Adam Pardy

25 Zach Redmond

33 Dustin Byfuglien

36 Josh Morrissey

39 Toby Enstrom

44 Zach Bogosian

GOALTENDERS

34 Michael Hutchinson

35 Al Montoya

WILD ROSTER

FORWARDS

3 Charlie Coyle
15 Dany Heatley
17 Torrey Mitchell
19 Stephane Veilleux
21 Kyle Brodziak
22 Nino Niederreiter
28 Zenon Konopka
45 Carson McMillan
52 Justin Fontaine
56 Erik Haula
61 Zack Phillips
64 Mikael Granlund
72 Kris Foucault

DEFENCE

4 Clayton Stoner
7 Jonathon Blum
34 Jon Landry
39 Nate Prosser
40 Steven Kampfer
55 Matthew Dumba
67 Kyle Medvec

GOALTENDERS

35 Darcy Kuemper
37 Josh Harding

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Wheeler 82 28 41 4 69
B. Little 82 23 41 8 64
D. Byfuglien 78 20 36 -20 56
A. Ladd 78 23 31 8 54
O. Jokinen 82 18 25 -8 43
M. Frolik 81 15 27 8 42
E. Kane 63 19 22 -7 41
M. Scheifele 63 13 21 9 34
T. Enstrom 82 10 20 -9 30
J. Trouba 65 10 19 4 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Montoya 13 8 3 .920 2.30
O. Pavelec 22 26 7 .901 3.01