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Game #49 GDT: St. Louis Blues at Winnipeg Jets

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The Blues may sit in a playoff spot, but things are hardly perfect for St. Louis

Winnipeg Jets v St. Louis Blues Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

The Winnipeg Jets (21-23-4) will look to keep their home stand perfect as they host a slumping St. Louis Blues squad (23-18-5).

Ondrej Pavelec's season debut wasn't perfect, but for a Jets side looking to make some kind of playoff push, a win's a win's a win. The Winnipeg netminder will face down a 25-year-old making his first career NHL start. Acquired in the T.J. Oshie trade alongside Troy Brouwer, Pheonix Copley has already cemented himself as a capable AHL goaltender. With both Jake Allen and Carter Hutton struggling between the pipes, Copley has a chance to put his big league case forward.

St. Louis may sit in the Central's third playoff spot, but the team has hardly looked good of late. While their 4-6-0 record in the last 10 has much to do with the aforementioned goaltending, Robby Fabbri has zero goals in those 10 games, while Jori Lehtera has one point in the last seven and is on pace for 24 on the season. If looking for positives, Jaden Schwartz's seven points in the last six games certainly qualifies.

As per NHL.com, "The Jets are 9-4-1 against Central Division teams this season, including 5-0-0 at home". In Patrik Laine's continued absence, Winnipeg will lean on Mathieu Perreault (five points in five games) and captain Blake Wheeler (eight points in nine games) to help drive the offence.

When, Where & How

Saturday, Jan. 21, 2:00 p.m. CT, MTS Centre
TV: TSN3, FS-MW
Radio: TSN 1290, KMOX

Winnipeg Jets Projected Lineup

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Nikolaj Ehlers Mark Scheifele Drew Stafford
Mathieu Perreault Bryan Little Blake Wheeler
Shawn Matthias Adam Lowry Joel Armia
Andrew Copp Nic Petan Chris Thorburn
Left Defence Right Defence
Josh Morrissey Dustin Byfuglien
Toby Enstrom Jacob Trouba
Mark Stuart Paul Postma
Goaltenders
Ondrej Pavelec
Connor Hellebuyck

St. Louis Blues Projected Lineup

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Jaden Schwartz Paul Stastny Alex Steen
Robby Fabbri Patrik Berglund Vladimir Tarasenko
Dmitrij Jaskin Jori Lehtera David Perron
Scottie Upshall Kyle Brodziak Ryan Reaves
Left Defence Right Defence
Carl Gunnarsson Alex Pietrangelo
Kevin Shattenkirk Robert Bortuzzo
Joel Edmundson Colton Parayko
Goaltenders
Pheonix Copley
Carter Hutton