For the third time this season the Jets and Blues will clash. Though both teams have a win at this point, the Blues hold the edge having gained 3 of a possible 4 points in the series. Their last match up, October 29th, ended with a 3-2 Blues win in St. Louis. St. Louis dominated most of the game however Winnipeg found themselves still in it near the end. Then came an ill advised penalty to Toby Enstrom, followed by a powerplay goal by Alex Steen, with only a minute left. Games between these two teams have been incredibly tight on the score sheet and that is bound to continue. Winnipeg returns to the MTS Centre after more than two weeks away and take on the St. Louis Blues, stay tuned.
St. Louis has been one of the best teams in the West this season though they seem to be on a bit of a lull at the moment. The Blues have lost 3 of their last 4, and have struggled to stop their opponents from generating chances and scoring goals. Though they may have struggled recently the Blues remain a very good team and will provide a huge test for Winnipeg. Although slowing down a bit recently Alex Steen has been an unbelievable surprise for the Blues, still sitting in second place in the goals scored category. Steen has been particularily good against the Jets with 3 goals in the two games. Playing against family and friends in Winnipeg should provide him with a little extra motivation to get it going again Tuesday night.
The Jets pulled out a 2-1 win Saturday night on the back of a great game by Blake Wheeler and a beautiful overtime goal, finished off by Mark Schiefele. The Jets come home with a 4-2 record on their season high 6 game road trip, not a terrible result however, both the Jets and their fans feel like they left points on the table it seems. None the less the trip is something to build off of, and with a difficult few games coming up they will need to. If the Jets still have aspirations of competing for a playoff spot later in the year they need to string some wins together and get more than just one or two games above .500. Key to this will be Blake Wheeler. Wheeler has struggled this season but Saturdays goal and assist and one of his best overall games hopefully will give him a boost he needs. It is worth keeping in mind during year one of the Jets return, it seemed like he would never score, before he finally got his first weeks into the season. That seemed to open the flood gates for him and he has remained one of the Jets top scorers since. They need him to get going now if they want success.
Defense first: The Blues have 5 players with over 20 points, if you don’t play well in your own zone they will continue to rack em’ up.
PP: Same story all season but the Jets need some success. The Blues can be a stingy team on the back end so Winnipeg needs to take advantage when they are given the chance.
Keep the Wheels rolling: Build success on top of success. Blake Wheeler had maybe his best game of the year Saturday, do it again on Tuesday.
Ondrej Pavelec (10-11-3) GAA: 2.76 SV% .914
Jaroslav Halak (15-5-2) GAA: 2.24 SV% .910
Slater WPG, (Sports Hernia) out
Postma WPG, (blood clot) out
Bogosian WPG, (lower body injury) out
Kane WPG, (lower body injury) day-to-day
Reaves STL, (broken hand) out
Leopold STL, (hand) out
Jets and Blues play tight again, but Blues take the points
Blues 4 Jets 2
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