The Winnipeg Jets (26-23-5, 57 points) play their second straight game on the road Thursday with a visit to the St. Louis Blues (32-14-8, 72 points).
The Jets are coming off a 2-1 loss to the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night but took one point from the game as it went into overtime. Winnipeg is tied for fourth place in the Central Division but a distant 15 points behind the first place St Louis Blues. The Blues snapped their two-game losing streak on Tuesday with a 6-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. St Louis leads the Central division by seven points over second-place Dallas and eight points over third-place Colorado.
Winnipeg must avoid long losing streaksWinnipeg lost its last outing to Nashville after defeating St Louis 5-2 in it's game prior to that on Saturday. The victory over the Blues snapped a five-game losing streak for Winnipeg. The Jets have had problems with being very streaky this season with most of the streaks on the losing end.
The leading goal scorer for Winnipeg is Kyle Connor with 25. Jets center Mark Scheifele is the leader in assists with 33 and points with 56. Winnipeg allows 3.06 goals-per-game while the offense generates slightly less at 2.89 goals per game. Winnipeg's penalty-kill has a success rate of 74.5% while its power play is successful 18.6% of the time.
St Louis has not pulled away from DallasThe St Louis Blues lead the Central division by seven points over the Dallas Stars but of late the Blues have been inconsistent losing two straight in one stretch, three straight in another separated both times by just a single victory. This inconsistency has not allowed St Louis to open up a lead over both Dallas and Colorado.
David Perron is the top goal scorer for St Louis with 23 and leads the Blues in points with 53. Ryan O'Reilly is the leader in assists with 38 that include 15 during the power play. The Blues defense is allowing an average of 2.78 goals per game while the St Louis offense generates slightly more at 3.20 goals-per-game. The power play for St Louis is successful 25.0% of the time while the penalty kill works 80.8% of the time
- St. Louis is 16-5 in the last 21 play on a Thursday
- The Blues are 20-6 in the last 26 following a victory
- Winnipeg is 1-6 in the last seven
- The Jets are 0-4 in the last four road games