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#6 – Minnesota Wild
Last Week: #7
Results last week: Win against Calgary, Win against Toronto, Loss against Edmonton, Loss at Chicago
It is hard to decide where to place the Wild each week. Losing to Edmonton is not a great look, but beating the Maple Leafs keeps them on the list for now. With three games on the schedule for this week, the Wild could stay or leave the list next week. All three games are on the road, including a back-to-back against the Panthers and Lightning.
#5 – Winnipeg Jets
Last Week: #5
Results last week: Loss against Chicago, Loss at St. Louis, Win against St. Louis
What is going on in Winnipeg? Since Thanksgiving, the Jets are 6-5-2, doubling their loss total on the season. And, it is not just the competition, as seen last week. The Blackhawks are on a hot streak, and splitting a home-and-road with the Blues is respectable. Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele are not scoring like they were. Once they get on track, watch out.