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Preview: Blues at Jets

by Chris Pinkert / Notes by Brett Barczewski

BLUES AT JETS

When: Saturday, Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. CT
Watch: FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports GO
Listen: 101 ESPN, NHL App

Alexander Steen will become the 13th player to play in his 1,000th NHL game while wearing the Blue Note. Steen, whose dad played 950 career games, all with the Winnipeg Jets, will achieve the milestone in the city he grew up in.

Steen is just the sixth player from the 2002 NHL Draft class to reach the milestone.

 

THE MATCHUP

BLUES A slow start and a few mistakes cost the Blues two points Friday night in Edmonton. David Perron and Robert Thomas scored for St. Louis, but the Oilers got two goals from Leon Draisaitl and an empty-net goal late to secure a 4-2 victory over the Blues.

St. Louis fell to 1-3-1 in their last five games.

"We didn't really execute in that first period," goalie Jake Allen said after Friday's loss to the Oilers. "Obviously, they came out strong and hemmed us in for most of those 20 minutes. I thought we responded pretty well in the second, but we definitely didn't have the start we wanted from myself on out, and the next thing you know, you're behind the eight ball.

"It's been a trend of ours since we've gotten back from the (All-Star) break, starting slow," Thomas added. "When you play good teams, if you get down early, it's hard to catch up."

Video: Blues finish road trip in Winnipeg

JETS Winnipeg dropped a tough 2-1 decision to the Boston Bruins on Friday night at Bell MTS Place.

It was the Jets' fifth consecutive loss, which is a season high.

"Our offensive game was right, pucks to the net, a better mentality there," Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice told NHL.com. "Good fight, good heart, good bench. I'm proud of the way our hockey team played tonight."

Winnipeg outshot the Bruins 38-25, threw 21 hits and won 53 percent of the face-offs in Friday's game.

The losing streak has dropped the Jets to sixth place in the Central Division (25-23-4) with 54 points

HEAD-TO-HEAD The Blues and Jets will meet for the third of four meetings this season. St. Louis has won both meetings thus far, most recently a 5-4 overtime decision on Dec. 27 at Bell MTS Place.

The Blues have earned points in four of their last five games in Winnipeg.

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