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GDT: Winnipeg Jets vs St. Louis Blues – Playoffs Round One, Game One

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Playoff time!!!!! The Jets need to play to win, Gord!

NHL: Winnipeg Jets at St. Louis Blues Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Time: 7:00 CT

TV: Sportsnet

Radio: TSN 1290

Introduction:

Hockey starts for real tonight as the Winnipeg Jets begin their playoff battle against the red hot St. Louis Blues. We made it to the Western Conference finals last season, and the fan base has been anxiously awaiting a return to the playoffs. That time has arrived. The Jets may have limped into the playoffs, but all that matters now is how a team plays in this two month Stanley Cup playoff tournament. Game by game, series by series.

I’m optimistic that this point is not lost on the Jets players, and that the underachieving, inconsistent team we have witnessed for the last two months (or longer) will be replaced by a playoff tested group that is capable of winning. That’s my optimistic guy take today.

Reasons to be optimistic: Josh Morrissey is back (yay!!!!!!!!!!); Connor Hellebuyck is motivated; Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele are playoff type players; even Paul Maurice is playing some subtle mind games on the opposing rookie goaltender by stressing how much pressure is on goalies in the playoffs (courtesy of our friends at Illegal Curve).

Go Jets!!!!!!!!!

Random Prediction:

Playoff version Tyler Myers emerges and he scores a goal tonight.

WINNIPEG JETS

Forwards

Kyle Connor -Mark Scheifele-Blake Wheeler

Nikolaj Ehlers -Kevin Hayes- Mathieu Perreault

Andrew Copp - Bryan Little- Patrik Laine

Par Lindholm- Adam Lowry -Jack Roslovic

Defence

Josh Morrissey -Jacob Trouba

Ben Chiarot -Dustin Byfuglien

Dmitry Kulikov -Tyler Myers

Goalies

Connor Hellebuyck

Eric Comrie

Injuries

RW Brandon Tanev (finger/hand, day-to-day)

ST. LOUIS BLUES

Forwards

Brayden Schenn - Ryan O’Reilly -Vladimir Tarasenko

Jaden Schwartz - Oskar Sundqvist -David Perron

Patrick Maroon - Tyler Bozak -Robert Thomas

Zach Sanford - Ivan Barbashev - Alexander Steen

Defence

Vince Dunn - Alex Pietrangelo

Jay Bouwmeester - Colton Parayko

Joel Edmundson -Robert Bortuzzo

Goalies

Jordan Binnington

Jake Allen

Injuries

Sammy Blais