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Preview: Blues at Jets

by Chris Pinkert / Notes by Brett Barczewski

BLUES AT JETS

When: Friday, Dec. 27 at 7 p.m.
Watch: FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports GO
Listen: 101 ESPN, NHL App

The St. Louis Blues and Winnipeg Jets will meet for the first time since the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season. The Blues beat the Jets in the best-of-seven series in six games.

 

THE MATCHUP

BLUES The St. Louis Blues extended their winning streak to six games on Monday night with a 4-1 victory against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center.

The winning streak is the longest active streak in the NHL.

"It's crazy what a little bit of winning and confidence can do to a hockey team, and you know, obviously we're feeling it as a group right now," said Brayden Schenn, who scored twice in Monday's win. "We believe in one another coming to the rink. Like I said, we had some success early again this year and now we're just trying to roll with it."

Before the three-day holiday break, the Blues had won 10 of their last 13 games.

JETS The Winnipeg Jets lost a 6-2 decision to the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night in their last game before the holiday break. Kyle Connor scored midway through the first period and Patrik Laine scored, too, in the loss.

The Jets rank third in the Central Division with a 21-14-2 record (44 points) but have lost three consecutive home games after winning the previous five at Bell MTS Place. The Jets are 10-8-1 at home this season.

Mark Scheifele leads the Jets in goals (17) and points (39).

HEAD-TO-HEAD The Blues and Jets are meeting for the first of four matchups this season.

The Blues went 1-1-1 against the Jets in the regular season in 2018-19 before winning all four games at Bell MTS Place in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Video: Vitale, Pang preview Blues / Jets


HOT VS. WINNIPEG

- David Perron has a three-game point streak (two goals, three assists)

- Ryan O'Reilly has 11 points in his last eight games (four goals, seven assists)

- Colton Parayko has two goals in his last three games

 

BLUE NOTES

The Blues are 16-0-4 when scoring first this season and have not lost in regulation (9-0-4) when leading after the first period… Ivan Barbashev is expected to play in his 200th NHL game… Alex Pietrangelo's next assist will tie Al MacInnis for first on the Blues' all-time franchise list for defensemen (325)… The Blues are the first defending Stanley Cup champion to rank first in their conference at the holiday break since the Boston Bruins did it in 2011.

Video: Blues, Jets faceoff at Bell MTS Place

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