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Preview: Winnipeg Jets at the St. Louis Blues

Still looking to lock up a playoff spot, the Jets move on to the Blues to show their Central Division worth.

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The Jets roll in to the Gateway City shorthanded with injuries and fresh off a convincing victories against one of the NHL's best teams in the Nashville Predators. They are presented with an opportunity to grab two points and continue to create distance between themselves and the Western Conference teams chasing them. Meanwhile, the Blues are coming off a 6-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs and are gearing up for a run at the Stanley Cup

Some Thoughts

Winnipeg Jets

The Buffalo Boys. Two of the Jets' acquisitions in the Evander Kane blockbuster deal have played exceptionally well for the club. Tyler Myers has 8 points in his last 10 games. Meanwhile Drew Stafford has 3 points in his last 3 games. With the absence of Dustin Byfuglien, Myers has a chance to step up and log some big minutes for the club on the back end. Both will play an influential role in these upcoming weeks that will make or break the Jets' playoff hopes.

Hutch Remains Clutch. The Jets' MVP continues to come up big for the team. Goaltender Michael Hutchinson remains the Jets' rock and will no doubt be the team's starting netminder. Hutchinson might not be extremely familiar with the Blues, but in the one time he encountered them he stopped 28 of 29 shots while falling victim to the Blues in overtime. Hutch has been the Jets' backbone this season and against a divisional rival he will be asked to provide more of the same.

St Louis Blues

By The Numbers

- 5th in goals per game ( 3.02)

- 7th in goals allowed per game ( 2.46)

- 3rd ranked power play ( 22.8%)

- 14th ranked penalty kill ( 81.7%)

- 6th in shots per game ( 31.3)

- 5th in shots allowed per game ( 27.7)

- 2nd best faceoff percentage ( 53.4%)