2018 NHL Playoffs: Jets vs. Wild schedule, results, TV channels, stream, odds, predictions
The Jets took care of business against the Wild in Game 5 and have won their first playoff series in franchise history
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The Winnipeg Jets entered Friday's Game 5 against the Minnesota Wild with a chance to clinch the series, and they sure took care of business. They didn't wait long to jump all over the Wild, scoring 31 seconds into the game and pouring in four goals in the opening 12 minutes.
Ultimately, they won 5-0, giving them a four-games-to-one series win -- their first playoff series win in franchise history. (Well, at least in Jets 2.0 history.)
Here's how we predicted the series would play out prior to the start of the playoffs.
How to watch
(All times ET)
* - If necessary
- Game 1, Wednesday, April 11: Jets 3, Wild 2
- Game 2, Friday, April 13: Jets 4, Wild 1
- Game 3, Sunday, April 15: Wild 6, Jets 2
- Game 4, Tuesday, April 17: Jets 2, Wild 0
- *Game 5, Friday, April 20: Jets 5, Wild 0
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This is where the Jets do their damage, and it's where they should be able to scare Minnesota on a nightly basis. Patrik Laine was worthy of the spotlight in 2016-17, but this year, he's even better. Mark Scheifele's health could be worrisome down the road, but Winnipeg simply isn't lacking for firepower otherwise, scoring more than anyone except the Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs. Eric Staal should produce, but the Wild will need Zach Parise to be on another level to have a shot.
Had Ryan Suter not broken his ankle, the Wild might hve matched up more evenly here. Even if Jonas Brodin and Matt Dumba step up, they're going to face a tall task trying to slow the Jets' young scorers, whereas Winnipeg has allowed the fifth-fewest goals per game with the help of some top-tier goaltending. The Jets' giveaway totals aren't great, so the Wild could benefit there, but it's still hard to give Minnesota a definitive edge.
Devan Dubnyk has proven capable of putting the Wild on his back and carrying the team to victory, so his talent isn't to be overlooked. In fact, in any other matchup, he'd probably be close to a lock of a favorite, especially since he was nimble to close the regular season. This isn't any other matchup, though, and the man in between the pipes on the other end of the ice is Connor Hellebuyck, who's done nothing but dominate in a career year, logging six shutouts and an NHL-best 44 wins.
If the Wild can bait the Jets into the kind of penalties they fell victim to in recent seasons, maybe Minnesota will have a shot to offset some of Winnipeg's statistical advantages here, but the safe bet is on the Jets simply overpowering their division rivals with the strength of their power play. The Wild's penalty kill hasn't been that much worse than Winnipeg's, but the latter has also been a force with extra-man advantages, ranking fifth in the NHL in power-play success.
Benjamin: It was nice to see such a big year from Staal, and the Wild have a couple guys, like Joel Eriksson Ek, who could be primed for a playoff emergence, but there's just way too much high-powered talent -- starting with Laine -- on the Jets to ignore Winnipeg's momentum, which is unfolding a year ahead of schedule. Jets in 5.
Blackburn: Winnipeg is so dangerous and deep up front. It's hard to imagine Minnesota being able to hang with the Jets' explosive offense, especially with Ryan Suter and (possibly) Jared Spurgeon out of the lineup. Jets in 5.
Skiver: One of the best logos in sports might have had a chance to at least drag this series to six before Ryan Suter went down for the season with an ankle injury, but the prolific scoring of the Jets is just too much for this Minnesota team. The Wild may have some of the pieces in place to make a run next year, but the bad luck was too much this season. Jets in 4.
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