After posting a winning record on their longest road trip of the
season, the Winnipeg Jets will try to start earning some better
results on their own ice.
The Jets will seek to end a three-game home losing streak
Tuesday night against a St. Louis Blues team that’s attempting to
avoid its fourth defeat in five overall contests.
Winnipeg (14-13-4) won four of six on its trek and finished with
a 2-1 overtime victory against Tampa Bay on Saturday. Mark
Scheifele scored the winning goal, and Blake Wheeler had a goal and
“It would have been disappointing to go home 3-3,” coach Claude
Noel said. “That would have been a tough one.”
The Jets now try to avoid their longest home losing streak of
the season. Winnipeg beat St. Louis 4-3 in a shootout Oct. 18 in
the only meeting this season at the MTS Centre.
The Jets are facing three straight Central Division opponents on
“I think we’re in a good place right now, but we’ve got a big
week,” Noel said. “This week could really test us. We’ve got some
really good opponents. We’ll see where we stand. … If we can have
a good week, it will help our confidence. It will help a lot of
The Blues are 4-0-1 in the last five matchups with the Jets and
won 3-2 in the most recent one Oct. 29. St. Louis, though, has
cooled off from its 18-3-3 start and season-high five-game win
The Blues (19-6-3) lost the final two of a three-game road trip
– their first back-to-back losses away from home this season – and
split two games after returning home.
Following a 5-1 rout of the New York Islanders on Thursday, the
Blues were beaten 5-2 by Anaheim two days later. They fell behind
3-0 in the first 7:29 and have been outscored 9-1 in the first
period in their last four games.
“That’s three times in the last four games that we’ve had slow
starts for whatever reason. We’ve got to readjust and get better at
that,” forward Jaden Schwartz said. “I think the energy is there in
the locker room. We’ve got to put a little more focus on being
ready when the puck drops.”
After Jaroslav Halak struggled in Saturday’s loss, the Blues
might turn to Brian Elliot, who stopped 13 of the 14 shots he faced
in relief versus the Ducks.
Elliott, though, also gave up two goals to the Jets in the final
seven minutes of regulation Oct. 18 and was outdueled by Ondrej
Pavelec in the ensuing seven-round shootout.
St. Louis’ Alexander Steen scored twice in that game and has
three of his 20 goals in the two matchups with Winnipeg, tied for
his most against any opponent this season.
Winnipeg’s Blake Wheeler has six goals and two assists in seven
career matchups, and Dustin Byfuglien has one goal and seven
assists during a six-game point streak versus the Blues.
The Jets lost a season-high four in a row at home Feb. 7-17, and
St. Louis’ longest road losing streak in 2012-13 was three games
from Feb. 20-March 5.