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Preview: Winnipeg Jets vs. St. Louis Blues

The fifth game of a six game home stand goes down tonight.

NHL: St. Louis Blues at Winnipeg Jets James Carey Lauder-USA TODAY Sports

Where to watch/listen

Broadcast Schedule
Broadcast Schedule
Time: 7:00 P.M. CDT
Radio: TSN1290, KFAN 100.3

The Winnipeg Jets will look to keep their run of games without a regulation loss at home going when they take on the St. Louis Blues tonight. The Jets have not lost a regular season game in regulation at home since February 27th against Nashville. In the 14 games since then, the team is 13-0-1.

The Jets are coming off of a 5-3 win over the Arizona Coyotes, who they are 10-0-0 against at home since relocating from Atlanta. Despite their recent success, the Jets have been outshot in each of their last six games, and six of eight overall, a trend they will need to fix. Luckily, the offence has been potent and they’ve received solid goaltending from both Connor Hellebuyck, who gets the start tonight, and Laurent Brossoit, who played on Saturday.

The Blues are not exactly road warriors, but they are coming of of a 4-1 win in Toronto on Saturday night, limiting the much hyped Maple Leafs offence to one goal, and shutting down their vaunted power play on all four occasions.

The Blues have quite a few good pieces, and before the season I projected them to make the playoffs this year. While they currently occupy the basement of the Central Division, there’s still much to play in the 2018-19 season, and this should again be a good test for the Jets.

Tale of the Tape

Winnipeg Jets Stats San Jose Sharks
Winnipeg Jets Stats San Jose Sharks
1-0-0 Series 0-1-0
14-9-1 Record 13-11-1
29 Points 27
3rd Central Division 4th Pacific
5th West Conference 8th West
4-1-0 Last 5 4-1-0
68 Goals For 73
73 Goals Against 83
Regular Season
Nikolaj Ehlers (11) Goals Evander Kane (12)
Patrik Laine, Mark Scheifele (14) Assists Logan Couture (20)
Scheifele (22) Points Couture (25)
Connor Hellebuyck (11) Wins Martin Jones (10)
Hellebuyck (2.42) Goals Against Average Jones (3.18)
Hellebuyck (.928) Save Percentage Aaron Dell (.897)
15.5 (24th) Power Play % 19.5 (14th)
72.2 (29th) Penalty Kill % 91.4 (1st)

Enemy Territory

St. Louis Blues Coverage: St. Louis Game Time

Last Jets Game:

Winnipeg Jets 5-3 Arizona Coyotes

Laurent Brossoit stopped 42 of 45 and Kyle Connor had a pair of assists in a game that saw five different Jets score goals.

Last Blues Game:

St. Louis Blues 4-1 Toronto Maple Leafs

Second period goals by Robert Bortuzzo, Zach Sanford and Ryan O’Reilly opened up a lead that Toronto could not overcome.

Players to watch:

Winnipeg Jets

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

Maybe he’s sick, maybe he’s injured, or maybe he suddenly aged, but Blake Wheeler has not looked himself this season. Sure, he has six points in eight games, but we’ve definitely seen better from the captain. He’s also been taking some rather dumb penalties that bring back memories of Andrew Ladd hooking guys in the offensive zone. Maybe the empty net goal he scored on Saturday will be the kick start his season needs.

St. Louis Blues

St Louis Blues v Chicago Blackhawks Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

If the St. Louis Blues are going to make the playoffs this year, Jake Allen needs to be better. Through six games, his numbers are a record of 2-2-2, with a 3.44 GAA and a .886 save percentage.

That’s not good enough. Especially when your backup is Chad Johnson (no offence, Chad, but you’re just not that thrilling a prospect at age 32). Allen was bombed for five goals on 25 shots the first time these teams met this season. In his last five games against the Jets, he’s 1-4-0, stopping 131 of 149 shots for a .879 save percentage.This will be the second of four meeting between the two clubs this year, and points against division rivals help that much more in securing a post-season spot.