Jets are Wild about potential new rivalry

Blake Wheeler (right) comes from Minnesota and sees potential in a Jets rivalry with the Minnesota...

Blake Wheeler (right) comes from Minnesota and sees potential in a Jets rivalry with the Minnesota Wild.

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:02 PM ET

ST. PAUL, MINN. - The appetizers have provided a little sizzle, so how spicy will the main course actually be?

It’s a question that many members of the media — and fans alike — are wondering as the Winnipeg Jets and Minnesota Wild prepare for the first of five meetings this season as Central Division rivals.

It’s been nearly two years since the Jets faced the Wild at Xcel Energy Center in a regular-season game but if the pre-season was any indication, there should be plenty of vocal fans sporting red, white and blue in the stands on Thursday night showing their support for the visitors.

“We haven’t created a rivalry yet — there’s potential,” said Jets head coach Claude Noel. “Everybody talks about it and it will probably get created through the media a little bit. We need to establish ourselves as a team that wants to beat them, which is exactly what they’re going to want to do.

“The other thing too is that our fan base goes down there a fair bit and voices t


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