THE STORY: The league-leading Minnesota Wild look to extend their winning streak to eight games Tuesday, but they’ll be facing a Winnipeg Jets team that has been on a roll at home. Minnesota, which is trying to complete a sweep of its five-game road trip, is two victories away from matching the longest winning streak in franchise history. The Wild captured nine straight contests from March 8-24, 2007. The club has won seven straight on the road and 17 of 21 overall. The Jets, who are kicking off a six-game homestand, have won four in a row and seven of eight at the MTS Centre. Winnipeg had its four-game winning streak snapped at Detroit on Saturday, allowing seven unanswered goals by the Red Wings after grabbing a 1-0 lead 35 seconds into the contest.
TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, FS Wisconsin, FS North (Minnesota), TSN (Winnipeg)
ABOUT THE WILD (20-7-3): Cal Clutterbuck is expected back in the lineup after missing two games with a charley horse. Captain Mikko Koivu is riding a three-game goal-scoring streak. The Finn has collected 16 points in his last 12 contests. Niklas Backstrom returned from a three-game absence because of a groin injury Saturday to lead Minnesota to a 4-1 triumph over the Phoenix Coyotes in his 300th career contest. Backstrom has won four straight starts and seven of his last eight. Dany Heatley enters with a six-game points streak.
ABOUT THE JETS (13-12-4): The franchise has won three of its last four meetings with the Wild. Evander Kane, who leads the team with 15 goals, has registered seven tallies and 10 points over his last eight contests. Bryan Little also has been on a tear as he has a three-game goal-scoring streak and a six-game points run. Little has amassed 14 points in his last 12 matches.
1. Minnesota has lost seven of its last nine games against Eastern Conference opponents and 10 of 13 versus clubs from the Southeast Division.
2. The Jets have had very little success against Western Conference teams lately, dropping 20 of 27 meetings. They have lost four consecutive contests against Northwest Division opponents.
PREDICTION: Wild 3, Jets 1.