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4 keys to Game 2 at Winnipeg

Blues have a chance to bring a 2-0 series lead back to St. Louis

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues


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Blues lead the best-of-7 series, 1-0

Here are four keys to Friday's Game 2:

1. Blues must stay disciplined

Blues Head Coach Craig Berube stressed the importance of staying out the penalty box before the series began, and the St. Louis Blues did a good job of that in Game 1. Tyler Bozak was whistled for cross-checking Winnipeg's Jack Roslovic late in the second period, but that's the only time the Jets' power play ever saw the ice.

Winnipeg had the fourth-best power play in the regular season, scoring 25.9 percent of the time, so if the Blues hope to take a 2-0 series lead, staying out of the penalty box will again be critical.

2. Jordan Binnington

Much was made about whether Jordan Binnington would be able to sustain his regular-season success under the pressure of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Although he now has just one game of playoff experience, Binnington's answer to that question seems to be a resounding "Yes, yes I can."

Binnington made 24 saves on 25 shots in Game 1 on Wednesday to earn a victory in Game 1 on Wednesday.

"Unreal," Tyler Bozak said of Binnington's performance after the game. "He's been a rock for us back there. He gives us a chance to win every night… He's been doing that down the stretch. It's awesome to have a guy like that back there, it gives us a lot of confidence."

Video: Vitale, Pang preview Game 2 in Winnipeg

3. A physical presence

The Jets came out hitting in Game 1, dishing out 36 hits over the game's 60 minutes. Defenseman Ben Chiarot led the way for Winnipeg with six.

"They were tight, they were physical. It was a hard game, as we expected," Berube said. "They're a physical, big team. There's not a lot of room out there and that's what we've got to expect every game."

As the contest went on, the Blues started hitting back. Brayden Schenn dished out seven hits to lead the Blues, who ended up with 21.

4. Weather the storm and raise the level

Winnipeg doesn't want to travel St. Louis trailing 2-0 in the best-of-7 series, so the Blues know they need to be ready to weather the storm early in Game 2.

The Jets had 25 home wins in the regular season - second best in the Western Conference and fourth overall in the League.

"It'd be nice to go up 2-0, but we're going to expect a good effort," Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo said. "It was big getting that first one, especially on the road. We've got to expect an even better effort from them. They're good at home, they're going to use that energy again."

Video: Blues, Jets get set for Game 2

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