The Winnipeg Jets host the Minnesota Wild in Game 5 of their first-round series. Here’s everything you need to know to watch.
The Winnipeg Jets are one game away from winning their first playoff series since 1986-87. The Jets won 2-0 in Game 4 to take a 3-1 series lead over the Minnesota Wild.
Connor Hellebuyck stopped all 30 shots in Game 4, his best game of the series. Hellebuyck has not played outstanding in the series, but the Jets defense has prevented Minnesota from getting shots on goal. The Wild have taken only 96 shots over the first four games.
However, Winnipeg will be without Tyler Myers because of a lower-body injury and Josh Morrissey, who is suspended. The Jets are also without Dmitry Kulikov, who suffered a back injury prior to the playoffs. Paul Maurice will rely heavily on Dustin Byfuglien and Jacob Trouba even more than he already does. Ben Chiarot and Joe Morrow will both have to play bigger roles with Myers and Morrissey out.
Without Zach Parise, the Wild struggled to generate scoring chances in Game 4. Jason Zucker was third on the team in scoring in the regular season but has gone pointless in four games, managing only six shots. Zucker is far from the only Wild forward having a disappointing playoff series. Nino Niederreiter and Charlie Coyle are also pointless. Minnesota will need all three players to start generating more offense if the Wild have any chance of coming back.
Devan Dubnyk has played very well in net, posting a .930 save percentage. However, the Wild need to do a better job preventing Winnipeg from taking so many shots. The Jets are averaging almost 36 shots per game.
Winnipeg Jets vs. Minnesota Wild Game 5
Date: Friday, April 20
Location: Bell MTS Center, Winnipeg
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
TV: USA, FS-N, Sportsnet, TVAS2 (Canada)
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