These Central Division rivals will be ready to go starting Wednesday, April, 11th, with the first two games in Winnipeg (Game 2 on 4/13), followed by two conflicts in Minnesota (4/15 and 4/17).
The Jets finished second in the Central Division and had the second-most points in the Western Conference and the NHL, just behind Nashville (114 to 117). The Wild ended up third in the Central and is a +175 underdog to win the series (Winnipeg -190), which is the second-highest odds in the four 2 vs. 3 series matchups.
Once the playoffs begin, one of the annual questions is what is better in a series; to have three lines that can score or one hot-line where the majority of the points come from? Winnipeg (52-30 SU, +17 units) has three dependable scoring lines and a fourth line that played excellent defense all season. That is why the Jets were 3rd in goals scored and 5th in goals allowed.
Winnipeg had eight players scoring at least a dozen times, led by sharp-shooting winger Patrik Laine with 44. When on the ice, the offense revolves around Blake Wheeler who had team-high 91 points and 66 assists.
The Jets special teams were just that, special, ranked 5th in power play percentage and 9th in penalty kills in the league.