JETBLAST: Game Day Preview Feb. 25/12 Blues at Jets

(37-17-7) 81 points (30-26-7) 67 points

4th in West, 2nd in Central

3rd in East, 1st in Southeast

Blues

The Blues are coming to town and with them they bring Alexander Steen the son of Winnipeg Jets legend Thomas Steen. It will be a home coming for Steen but not the way he hoped for. He has been out of the line up since December 27 when he suffered a concussion against the Detroit Red Wings. He will not be in the line up when his Blues come to play in his home town but will hope his team can pick up a win in hostile territory.

Like the Jets the Blues have struggled on the road picking up only 11 out of their 37 wins away from home. The MTS Centre is not the easiest place to change that but it’s also not Joe Louis either.

Whichever goalie gets the start for the Blues will give them a chance to win the game. St. Louis has let in the second least amount of goals against with 123 compared to 178 allowed by Winnipeg.

Jets

The Jets have been doing the right things over the past five games in which they have picked up 9 out of 10 possible points. They were only 9.4 seconds away from hanging onto that last available point but rebounded nicely with a 4-3 win over Tampa Bay on Thursday.

This will be their only match up with St. Louis who could become division/conference rivals depending on eventual realignment. Winnipeg has struggled in games agains their previously proposed realignment teams having only been able to beat the Minnesota Wild in both games against them.

Kane, Ladd, Little, Wheeler and Byfuglien are all ride point game streaks and their strong play has been why the Jets power play and offense have come alive finally. Over their last 8 power play opportunities they have scored 7 times, they were actually 7 for 7 but failed to score on their last attempt against Tampa.

Ondrej Pavelec will most likely be in net and looks to continue his hot play. He must be enjoying the extra offensive support and the Jets hope both the scoring and hot goaltending can continue through the last 19 games of the season and hopefully into the post season.

Keys to Victory

Keep the power play hot. The Jets have gotten it going with the man advantage and capitalizing on the power play could be the difference in the game

Score first. The Jets continue to be better when they score first at home. They have yet to lose in regulation when scoring first and adding a second goal in the game.

Mason has to be solid and if he has a let down game after a frustrating loss the Jets are done.

Hit and shot. The little things can go a long way to resulting in victory. Against a good young team in St. Louis they need to play physical.

Injuries

Zach Bogosian (Upper Body) – Questionable

Starting Goalies

Jets – Chris Mason (7-6-0, 2.30, .910) [Confirmed]
Blues- Jaroslav Halak (17-10-5, 1.97, .923) [Confirmed]

Prediction

The Jets have not been their best in afternoon games but they will be solid in this one and the power play will carry them to victory.

Winnipeg Jets 5 – St. Louis Blues 3

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Jeff Stevenson is a co-founder of winnipegwhiteout.com and co-host of the popular Jets Hockey Podcast. He grew up in Winnipeg, MB and became very passionate about sports, hockey and the Jets. Now Jeff is proud and honored to help bring news and information about the Winnipeg Jets to fans around the world.