WINNIPEG - Barret Jackman will appear in his 744th career game with the Blues when the club meets the Winnipeg Jets today at MTS Centre (3:30 p.m., FSMW, KMOX).
With 744 games, Jackman will tie Brett Hull for third on the Blues’ all-time games played list.
Originally drafted by the Blues in the first-round (17th overall) in 1999, Jackman has played his entire career with the Blues. He now trails only Bernie Federko (927 games) and Brian Sutter (779) in games played.
Jackman’s milestone comes at the end of a four-game road trip, where the Blues have a chance to finish it with a 2-2 record if they can beat the Jets today. The Blues are 3-0-2 in their last five games at MTS Centre.
Meanwhile, the Jets are wrapping up a three-game home stand with today’s contest. They’re coming off a 4-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night but are 10-8-3 on the season, which is good for fourth in the Central Division.
Alexander Steen was born in Winnipeg when his father, Thomas Steen, was playing for the Jets. Thomas scored 817 points in 950 NHL games in his career, and his No. 25 is hanging from the rafters in Winnipeg.
Alexander has 10 goals and six assists (16 points) in 21 career games against the Jets. Over the last seven meetings, he’s scored five goals, two assists and a plus-7 rating.
Ryan Reaves was also born in Winnipeg. He’s the son of Willard Reaves, a former professional football player who played in the NFL and the CFL. Ryan has one assist in five career games against the Jets.
Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester left the game in the third period Saturday in Ottawa.
Head Coach Ken Hitchcock said after the game that Bouwmeester “stepped on a crack in the ice” and would be evaluated this morning.
Bouwmeester currently has the longest active "Iron Man" streak in professional sports with 737 consecutive games played.
The Blues are 4-0-1 in their last five games overall against the Jets.
David Backes has four goals and two assists (six points) in his last six games against the Jets. T.J. Oshie has five assists and a plus-5 rating in his last five meetings with Winnipeg.