When: Sunday, November 23, 2014
Time: 3:30 p.m. CST
Where: MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Records: Winnipeg Jets (10-8-3, 23 points, 8th in West), St.Louis Blues (13-6-1, 27 points, 4th in West)
Television/Radio: TVA,FS-MW, TSN3/ TSN 1290 Radio
On the Horizon: Tuesday, November 25th on the road against the Columbus Blue Jackets (6:00 p.m. CST).
Last Game: 4-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings
Winnipeg Jets: Blake Wheeler (8 goals, 5 assists, 13 points), Andrew Ladd (7 goals, 5 assists, 12 points), Bryan Little (5 goals, 6 assists, 11 points), Tobias Enstrom (1 goals, 8 assists, 9 points), Michael Frolik (4 goals, 5 assists, 9 points)
St.Louis Blues: Vladimir Tarasenko (12 goals, 11 assists, 23 points), Jaden Schwartz (7 goals, 13 assists, 20 points), Jori Lehtera (7 goals, 12 assists, 19 points), Kevin Shattenkirk (1 goals, 15 assists, 16 points), Alexander Steen (4 goals, 8 assists, 12 points)
Game Day Notes:
– The Jets have a record of 5-3-2 over their last 10 games.
– This is one of four meetings between the Jets and Blues this year. The two teams won’t play again until February 26th in Winnipeg.
– The Blues defeated the Ottawa Senators yesterday afternoon by a score of 3-2. The Blues have won 7 of their last 10 games.
– Blues forward Alexander Steen scored his fourth goal of the season on Saturday night. It was his first goal in 7 games.
– Ondrej Pavelec is expected to start in net for the Jets today. It will be Pavelec’s 18th start of the season. Pavelec has a record of 7-7-2 with a .919 Save Percentage and 2.25 Goals Against Average.
– Jake Allen is expected to get the start in goal for the Blues this afternoon. In 7 games for the Blues this season, Allen has a record of 5-2-0 with a 2.00 Goals Against Average and .922 Save Percentage.
– Surging: Jets forward Michael Frolik has three goals and two assists in his last five games.
– Slumping: Jets forward Bryan Little has no points in his last seven games.
– Defenseman Tobias Enstrom leads all Jets in ice time, averaging 25:10 of ice time per game, ranked 10th in the NHL.
– Defenseman Alex Pieterangelo leads all Blues in ice time, averaging 25:34 of ice time per game, ranked 8th in the NHL.
– Blues Defenseman Jay Bouwmeester suffered a lower body injury during Saturday’s game and is questionable for this afternoon. Bouwmeester is the NHL’s current Ironman and has played 737 consecutive games without missing a single game. According to Jeremy Rutherford of the St.Louis Post Dispatch, if Bouwmeester can’t play today, expect Chris Butler to replace him in the line-up.
– Blues Top Face-off Guy: David Backes (55.7%)
– Jets Top Face-off Guy: Jim Slater (56.2%)
– Who’s Under the Microscope for St.Louis: The line of Jaden Schwartz-Jori Lehtera-Vladimir Tarasenko. The Blues just hit the 20 game mark and this line has already combined to score 26 goals and 65 points. This is the most dominant line in hockey right now and the Jets will have their hands full this afternoon.
– Who’s Under the Microscope for Winnipeg: Blake Wheeler. Wheeler has no goals or points in the last three games and did not have a very good game against the Detroit Red Wings three nights ago.
Special Teams Breakdown:
– St.Louis PP (23.9%, 3rd in NHL), St.Louis PK (79.7%, 18th in NHL)
– Winnipeg PP (8.6%, 29th in NHL), Winnipeg PK (86.1%, 6th in NHL)
Projected Winnipeg Jets Line Combinations:
Andrew Ladd- Bryan Little- Blake Wheeler
Evander Kane- Mathieu Perreault- Dustin Byfuglien
Adam Lowry- Mark Scheifele -Michael Frolik
Matt Halischuk- Jim Slater- Chris Thorburn
Tobias Enstrom- Zach Bogosian
Mark Stuart- Jacob Trouba
Adam Pardy- Paul Postma
Healthy Scratches: TJ Galiardi, Anthony Peluso, Grant Clitsome
Projected St.Louis Blues Line Combinations:
Alexander Steen- Patrick Berglund- T.J. Oshie
Jaden Schwartz- Jori Lehtera- Vladimir Tarasenko
Joakim Lindstrom- Paul Stastny- David Backes
Steve Ott- Maxim Lapierre- Ryan Reaves
Barret Jackman- Alex Pieterangelo
Carl Gunnarsson- Kevin Shattenkirk
Chris Butler- Ian Cole
Healthy Scratches: Chris Porter, Magnus Paajarvi
St.Louis Blues: Jay Bouwmeester (lower body, questionable)
Winnipeg Jets: None