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Mired in their longest losing streak of the season, the Minnesota Wild are dealing with injuries to key players and an unsettled goaltending situation.

At least the chance for revenge should give them the proper motivation.

The Wild try to end a five-game skid and gain a split of their home-and-home set with the surging Winnipeg Jets on Monday night.

After a 5-2 loss to Philadelphia in its final game before the holiday break, Minnesota (16-13-4) was better in Saturday's 4-3 overtime loss to visiting Winnipeg.

Andrew Ladd scored the winner when his shot from the slot went high over the crossbar, bounced hard off the glass, ricocheted off the top of the net and then off the back of goaltender John Curry before falling into the goal.

"That was one of the better bounces I've seen someone get," Jets forward Bryan Little said. "I haven't seen anything like that before. That was the way the night was going for us. We were getting some bounces in our favor."

The disheartening loss left Minnesota with a winless four-game homestand and a 0-2-3 mark in its last five games.

"We cannot hang our heads right now," coach Mike Yeo said. "It'd be real easy to feel sorry for ourselves, but winners don't do that and we got to make sure that we handle this adversity the right way."

Curry finished with 19 saves in his first NHL action since April after he was recalled under emergency conditions earlier Saturday. That move was necessary with Niklas Backstrom on injured reserve due to illness and Darcy Kuemper also dealing with an illness.

"I thought we played really well tonight and deserved to win that game," said Curry, who is 3-2-1 in seven NHL appearances over parts of four seasons. "I just wish I would have been able to make one more of those saves."

Yeo's team will be down two regulars in Monday's rematch after center Mikael Granlund and top-pair defenseman Jonas Brodin were injured Saturday. Granlund appeared to injure his wrist when he was upended on a check from Dustin Byfuglien and Brodin departed after being hit hard into the boards by Grant Clitsome.

"I need more of an update, but the word I have right now is not to expect them for next game," Yeo said.

Ladd's goal improved the Jets to 7-1-3 in their last 11 games with their next four at home.

"We've been very consistent with our game. Very consistent with our effort," coach Paul Maurice said.

Michael Hutchinson continued his breakout season with 22 saves Saturday, improving to 9-2-2 this season with a 1.77 goals-against average. He's allowed two goals or fewer in nine of his last 11 starts.

Winnipeg (19-10-7) hasn't lost much when Ondrej Pavelec is in net lately. He's 3-0-3 with a 2.46 GAA in his past six starts and has never lost to the Wild, going 2-0-1 in four appearances.

A potent and balanced offense has been the other key during the Jets' surge. They have averaged 3.36 goals over their last 14 games - the second-most in the league behind Toronto since Nov. 24. Little has seven goals during that span and Mathieu Perreault has six, while Ladd and Byfuglien each have five.

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