A pair of Central Division foes will square off this evening as the St Louis Blues Grapple with the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Blues enter this game off a 3-2 home shootout loss to the Oilers, while the Jets are off a 3-1 road win over the Islanders. The Jets have won the first three games in this series this year.
Blues Fall In Shootout To The Jets
It continues to be a long season for the St Louis Blues. They enter this game off a tough 3-2 shoutout loss to the Edmonton Oilers at home and have now gone 3-9 in their last 12 games. St Louis is currently in last place in the Central Division with a 9-17 record and their 22 points are 2nd fewest in the league. The offense has been a big issue for them, and that is not good here as they will need to score if they hope to take down the high-scoring Jets. The Blues have now averaged 2.18 gpg over their last 11 games. the Blues had a 2-0 lead after the first period, but it was al Edmonton after that. Scoring in the loss was Ivan Barbashev, which was his 3rd of the year and Brayden Schenn, which was his 6th
Absorbing the loss to the Oilers was Jake Allen, who allowed two goals on 36 shot attempts to fall to 7-11 with a 3.16 GAA and a .899 save percentage on the year, while out on the road he has gone 3-6 with a 2.65 GAA and a .913 save percentage. In his career, he has gone 4-7 with a 3.48 GAA against the Jets. The Blues enter this game ranked 18th in theleague in scoring at 2.92 gpg and 24th in goals allowed at 3.35 gpg.
Jets Top Isles To Win 4th In A Row
The Winnipeg Jets look like they are making their move. They have had a solid season overall, but they have been a bit better of late as they have won their last four games in a row. Winnipeg is now 17-10 on the year and just three points out of first in the Central Division. The Jets are off a 3-1 road win over the Islanders, and it was the first game in their nine games that they had allowed fewer than three goals. The Jets are a team that is led by their offense. The Game against the Isles was scoreless heading to the 3rd period, and New York scored just 1:33 into the final frame to take a 1-0 lead. It was all Winnipeg after that. Jacob Trouba (3rd), Adam Lowry (5th), and Nikolaj Ehlers (9th) all scored in the win.
Snatching up the win against the Islanders was Connor Hellebuyck, who stopped 27 of the 28 shots that he faced to move to 12-8 with a 2.97 GAA and a .904 save percentage on the year, while here at home he has gone 7-4 with a 3.01 GAA and a .901 save percentage. In his career, he has gone 6-2 with a 1.73 GAA. The Jets enter this game ranked 9th in the league in scoring at 3.44 gpg and 12th in goals allowed, giving up 2.85 gpg.
- 19-7 in their last 26 games playing on 2 days rest
- 40-17 in their last 57 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400
St Louis is:
- 8-22 in their last 30 vs. the Central
- 7-20 in their last 27 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .60