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Five keys to Game 6 vs. Winnipeg

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

GAME 6 VS. WINNIPEG

When: Saturday, April 20 at 6 p.m. at Enterprise Center
Watch: FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports App
Listen: KMOX 1120 AM, NHL App
Tickets: Enterprise Center Box Office or online at ticketmaster.com

Blues lead the best-of-seven series, 3-2

Here are five keys to wrapping up the series on Saturday in Game 6:


1. Don't get too high or too low

If the five games of this series have taught us anything, it's that we should expect some tremendous momentum swings. The Winnipeg Jets scored 12 seconds into Game 5 on Thursday at Bell MTS Place and added another goal before the first period was over, but the Blues were all over the Jets in the third period and got the last word thanks to a goal from Jaden Schwartz with 15 seconds remaining in regulation.

In fact, every game in this series has featured the winning team overcoming a deficit to win. And the team that scores first has ended up losing four of five games in this series.

So don't get too high, don't get too low. Stick with it, trust the process and maybe you get rewarded in the end.


2. Keep a balanced attack

Brayden Schenn and Jaden Schwartz had been quiet on the scoresheet through the first four games of this series, but both scored critical goals in Game 5 to lift the Blues to a lead in the best-of-seven series.

Now, nine different Blues have lit the lamp in the series, and 15 have registered at least one point.

Video: Pang, Vitale preview Game 6


3. History is on your side

The visiting team has won all five games in this series, and that's only happened four times in Stanley Cup Playoffs' history. Never before has the road team won every game through Game 6… so history is on the Blues' side here.

What's more, the team that wins Game 5 when the series is tied 2-2 has gone on to win 78.8 percent of the series in NHL history.

And although the Blues have lost both games on home ice in this series, they were 15-4-0 in final 19 regular-season games at Enterprise Center and are 14-9 at home in potential series-clinching games.


4. Weather the storm

It's been an extremely tight series thus far - four of the five games have been decided by one goal. With their backs against the wall, the Winnipeg Jets are sure to give it everything they've got.

The Blues will have to weather the early storm from the Jets and keep wearing them down to chip away at their belief.

How's that old cliche go? The fourth game is always the toughest to win. That figures to be true on Saturday, too.


5. Use the crowd

As it did for Games 3 and 4, Enterprise Center is sure to be rocking for Game 6. Another packed house is expected, which means nearly 19,000 fans will be behind the boys in Blue as they try to close out the series and advance to the next round.

Get the party started at 2 p.m. with the Bud Light 14th Street Party. After that, the fun continues inside for all ticketed fans at the Anheuser-Busch Biergarten with live music at 4 p.m. The puck drops at 6 p.m.

Video: O'Reilly, Bozak and Maroon before Game 6

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