The last time Winnipeg visited St. Louis they had a future Blues legend in Keith Tkachuk in their lineup, times have obviously changed. In 17 years the Jets left, came back, played in the SouthEast and were then moved back to the West, setting up this matchup, which will be the second between the two teams this season. Winnipeg got a huge win just over a week ago coming back from a two goal deficit and beating the Blues 4-3 in a long shootout. Winnipeg has had a relatively successful road trip, if they can get just a single point they will get half of the possible points they could have on a very difficult trip. Jets and Blues clash Tuesday night for the second of five meetings this year, it’s go time!
The Blues have been about as expected this season, they continue to improve year after year and will be in the running for the division championship this season if their play continues at the rate it is now. The Blues get their offence by committee, every night they can look somewhere else for scoring and they have the ability to get it. It Winnipeg a couple weeks ago it was Alex Steen who scored two goals for the Blues, and he remains a dangerous player who obviously has a little extra playing against his hometown team. Starting in goal for the Blues will be Jaroslav Halak, who is making his 9th start of the year has been very impressive and he will be a new challenge for the Jets who faced Bryan Elliot last time these teams met.
Winnipeg played a relatively strong game in Denver, despite losing a third period lead and falling 3-2, it is definitely a positive they way they played against a top team in the league. The Jets need to look at the game in this light and come out feeling good about themselves, carry that play forward. Leading the Jets are both Evander Kane, and quietly, Bryan Little, who now has 6 goals and is putting together a decent little season without making too much noise. The Jets rely on these two as well as Andrew Ladd, and Blake Wheeler for their goals. All these players seem to be raising their play right now and it can’t come a moment to soon, the Jets have struggled to score so offence is the name of the game.
Get the D involved: The Jets need to generate offence, last season their defence-men played a huge role in that but so far this season have been pretty quiet. Tobi Enstrom does not have a shot in five games, that is a big problem. Enstroms upside is his offence and when it is not going his game suffers.
Traffic: Getting the D involved and traffic go together hand in hand. Halak is to good to beat from the outside if he can see the puck, get in front of him, create havoc, and find rebounds.
Power Play: The Jets have now gone almost 25 straight power plays without a goal, in one word, unacceptable. The Jets need to cash in on their chances if they expect to win.
Ondrej Pavelec (4-5-2) GAA: 2.85 SV% .909
Jaroslav Halak (6-1-1) GAA: 2.17 SV% .917
Trouba WPG, (neck) out
Slater WPG, (lower body) out
Postma WPG, (blood clot) out
Blues are to much for the Jets, Winnipeg comes home two games under .500
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