Wild vs. Jets: Minnesota and Marcus Foligno are back in town

Minnesota Wild forward Marcus Foligno returns from a two-game suspension as the Wild face Winnipeg for the second time in the past eight days.(Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports)
Minnesota Wild forward Marcus Foligno returns from a two-game suspension as the Wild face Winnipeg for the second time in the past eight days.(Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports) /
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The last trip to Winnipeg didn’t end well for the Minnesota Wild or forward Marcus Foligno.

The Jets’ 2-0 win on Feb. 9 marked the first time Minnesota had been shut out this season and it also halted the Wild’s six-game winning and 10-game point streak.

It also resulted in a two-game suspension for Foligno for his actions in his second fight of the game with Winnipeg forward Adam Lowry.

Now, here we are a week later. The same two teams back in the same rink. And, oh yeah. Foligno is back as well.

“I’ve said my peace on the whole thing and unfortunately it wasn’t the way (the league) saw it,” Foligno said during a media availability session on Tuesday.  “It’s just the heat of the battle and I’ll move on. Whatever happens (on Wednesday) happens, but I’ve got to play hockey.”

Foligno’s return does not appear to be the only adjustment to the Wild’s lineup on Wednesday.

The Wild enter the matchup with their Central Division foes after winning two games at the Xcel Energy Center on Saturday and Monday. Minnesota is 11-1-1 over its last 13 games, and looking for a better showing than it had against the Jets last week.

“We didn’t get to our game,” Wild coach Dean Evason said after the Jets game. “I was going to say we didn’t get it quick enough but I don’t think we got to it at all. “We had offensive zone time. Pucks were bouncing but we didn’t get to the net like we should have.”

Wild forward Jordan Greenway all but promised that the Wild will be a different team in the rematch. In his media availability session after the win over Detroit on Monday, he said that, “We owe (the Jets), for sure. So they better be ready.”.

The Winnipeg game is one of four for the Wild in Canada over the next week. Minnesota travels to Edmonton on Sunday, and then Ottawa and Toronto on Feb. 22 and 24, respectively.

Betting odds

The Wild vs. Jets odds on WynnBET has Minnesota favored by 1.5 goals at Canada Life Centre. Minnesota also is the favorite on the moneyline at -140. Winnipeg is the underdog at +120. The over/under for total goals is six.

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Upcoming schedule

Friday, Feb. 18: Florida, 7 p.m. CST

Sunday, Feb. 20: @Edmonton, 7 p.m. CST

Tuesday, Feb. 22: @Ottawa, 6 p.m. CST