Game Day Preview: Blues @ Jets

Posted by Ezra Ginsburg in Game Previews,Winnipeg Jets on February 25, 2012 — 2 Comments

When: Saturday, February 25, 2012

Time: 1:00 p.m. CST

Where: MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Records: Winnipeg Jets (30-26-7), St.Louis Blues (37-17-7)

Television/Radio: CBC,FS-MW (HD)/ TSN 1290 Radio

The Story: The Winnipeg Jets are sitting on top of the world these days, winners of four of their last five games and in 3rd place in the Eastern Conference and they will look to keep it that way when they host the St.Louis Blues this afternoon.

The Jets took sole possession of 1st place in the Southeast Division on Thursday night after they defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 and the Florida Panthers only picked up one point in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Minneosta Wild.

The Jets now have 67 points on the season, one more than the 8th place Panthers and two more than the 9th place Toronto Maple Leafs. The Panthers have four games in hand on the Jets, who have played 63 games so far this season (most in the Eastern Conference).

Tonight’s game will be the fifth game of an eight-game homestand for the Jets and the first time all season they have the played the Blues, who are in 4th place in the Western Conference with 81 points.

The Blues enter today’s game on the heels of a 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night. The Blues have now won seven of their last 10 games and are 22-5-6 under head coach Ken Hitchcock, who replaced Davis Payne back in early-November.

The Blues have been a difficult team to beat since Hitchcock took over as they employ two excellent goaltenders (Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott) and have one of the best young defense corps in the National Hockey League. Led by Kevin Shattenkirk and Alex Pieterangelo, the Blues have allowed a NHL-low 1.92 goals against per game.

Projected Jets line combinations:

Goalie:

Chris Mason

Forwards:

1st: Andrew Ladd-Bryan Little- Blake Wheeler

2nd:  Evander Kane- Alexander Burmistrov- Kyle Wellwood

3rd:  Tanner Glass- Jim Slater- Chris Thorburn

4th:  Tim Stapleton- Nikolai Antropov -Antti Miettinen

Defence:

Dustin Byfuglien- Tobias Enstrom

Randy Jones-Mark Stuart

Johnny Oduya-Ron Hainsey

Offensive Leaders:

St.Louis Blues: David Backes (17 goals, 25 assists, 42 points), T.J. Oshie (15 goals, 24 assists, 39 points), Alex Pieterangelo (10 goals, 24 assists, 34 points)

Winnipeg JetsBlake Wheeler (11 goals, 38 assists, 49 points), Evander Kane (24 goals, 16 assists, 40 points), Dustin Byfuglien (10 goals, 28 assists, 38 points)

Injury Report:

St. Louis Blues: Kris Russell (concussion), Jamie Langenbrunner (foot), Matt D’Agostini (concussion), Alex Steen (concussion), Roman Polak (foot)

Winnipeg Jets:  Zach Bogosian (day-to-day, upper-body)

Who’s Next: The Jets next game is on Monday, February 27th, at home, against the Edmonton Oilers (7:30 p.m. CST).

QUICKIES….. Courtesy of Kalen Qually, Communications Coordinator, True North Sports & Entertainment…..Dustin Byfuglien has 13 points (4 goals, 9 assists) in his last eight games…..Five-game point streaks: Blake Wheeler (one goal, 10 assists), Evander Kane (five goals, three assists) & Dustin Byfuglien (two goals, seven assists)…..Three-game point streaks: Bryan Little (four goals, three assists) & Andrew Ladd (four goals, four assists)…. Tanner Glass scored his career-high fifth goal of the season on Thursday versus TB. Glass now has career highs in goals (5), assists (9) and points (14)…..Mark Stuart leads the Jets with 144 blocked shots, 2nd most in the NHL…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=504326040 Mike Florence

    So they’re dressing Fehr instead of a 7th D?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=609456468 Kris Merrells

    Yeah, that’s what jumped out at me… maybe it’s a little too awkward?