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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Goaltender Michael Hutchinson will get his first start of the season tonight when the Winnipeg Jets take on the Minnesota Wild in NHL action at the Xcel Energy Center (6 p.m., Sportsnet, TSN 1290).
Connor Hellebuyck played for the Jets in Thursday's 5-4 overtime win over the Carolina Hurricanes Thursday night.
"He's going in," said Jets head coach Paul Maurice of Hutchinson. "We're going to need both goaltenders and it's not always, for goaltenders, results based. There will be a time in the year where it is... they both had nearly identical (training) camps."
Forwards Alex Burmistrov and Chris Thorburn and defenceman Mark Stuart draw into the lineup after being healthy scratches for Thursday's season opener. An injury to veteran centre Bryan Little opened the door for Burmistrov while Thorburn and Stuart replace Joel Armia and Ben Chiarot, respectively.
"The concept going in, when you look at our schedule, we were going to get all of our players in our line and build the team that way," said Maurice. "I felt that we left guys last year out of our lineup too long and they had difficulty coming in an making an impact. When we get into the end of October and middle of December stretch, we're going to need everybody going. It was not an easy decision to leave the franchise leader in games and our alternate captain from last year out in Game 1 but I also did it with the mindset they would be going in sooner rather than later."
Facing a heated Central Division rival gives the game added weight, Jets captain Blake Wheeler said.
"The division games are huge," said Wheeler, who will play with Mark Scheifele and rookie sensation Patrik Laine on a reshuffled top line tonight. "You want to pocket as many points as you can."
The Wild, who have former Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau behind the bench, lost their opener, a 3-2 decision, to the Blues in St. Louis Thursday night.
"I expect (the Jets) to come out with a lot of energy," said Boudreau. "... I mean they sat back pretty good in the first period at home (Thursday) and I'm sure they're being told we need a big jump in the first period on the road. So we'll try to meet their push."
Jets forwards line and defence pairings
Mike has been working on the Free Press sports desk since 2003.