ST. LOUIS, Missouri - Paul Maurice won't be tinkering with his line-up heading into Game 4 against the St. Louis Blues. In fact, the Winnipeg Jets head coach joked that nobody on the team is messing with their routines with a chance to tie the best-of-seven series at two games apiece tonight at Enterprise Center.
Just like prior to Game 3, Patrik Laine didn't take the pregame skate on Tuesday. Before saying the Finnish sniper was good to go, Maurice quipped "It's superstition probably now."
Laine went on to score in Game 3 after not skating and no doubt would love to do the same against the Blues tonight.
Video: PREGAME | Andrew Copp
More importantly though, the Jets want to continue the trend of the road team winning every game in this series. After all, getting just one win isn't enough.
"It was a huge game but there is another big one tonight though. We can't let our guard down," said Andrew Copp. "You have to have that fear. If you don't play 100 per cent, things aren't going to go your way. That fear is going to be important for us going forward."
Copp was one of four Jets to have a two-point night in Game 3. His assist on Brandon Tanev's goal in the third period put the brakes on an offensive surge from the Blues and held up as the eventual game-winner.
Video: PREGAME | Tyler Myers
It was the first time this series that Copp, Tanev, and Adam Lowry had been put back together as a line for a full game.
"I thought we were good. There is a lot of familiarity there. We've played a lot of minutes together," said Copp.
"We know where each other is going to be. I liked our game. We created some offence, which was huge too."
Based on Sunday, as well as jersey colours at the morning skate, the Jets line-up is expected to look like this:
Every line chipped in offensively on Sunday, with Kevin Hayes' line getting the game's opening goal.
As a trio, Hayes, Perreault, and Roslovic controlled the shot attempt differential when they were on the ice at 5-on-5. They generated eight shot attempts and only gave up three.
"The pieces fit because all three of those guys then have a little something," said Maurice. "Jack was really good in tight areas, tight turns and using his feet and speed. Matty Perreault doesn't skate like Jack but he's very quick. Kevin is a puck mover. He can make plays in traffic and he can see things.
"We thought if all three of them bring what they're good at, it can be a real good line."
Video: PREGAME | Paul Maurice
The Blues will make one change to their line-up. Robby Fabbri will see his first action of this postseason, slotting in on the left wing with Steen and Ivan Barbashev.
St. Louis won't make any change in the crease, as Jordan Binnington and Winnipeg's Connor Hellebuyck will once again start in goal for their respective clubs.
For the second time in this series, puck drop will be 8:30 pm CT. After Sunday's 6:30 pm start, both teams will have to wait just a little bit longer to write the next chapter of the budding rivalry.
"Whenever you get into the playoffs, you're always going to create a bit of a rivalry playing each other as many times as we are," said Tyler Myers. "That's one of the exciting things about playoff hockey, but certainly you have to watch that line and make sure you don't cross it."
-- Mitchell Clinton, WinnipegJets.com
Video: PREGAME | Mark Scheifele
The Winnipeg Jets look to even their best-of-seven first round playoff series tonight in Game 4 against the St. Louis Blues...The Jets doubled up the Blues 6-3 in Game 4 on Sunday night for their first win of the series...Game 5 is scheduled for Thursday back in Winnipeg at Bell MTS Place.
The Jets scored six goals in Game 3, which was one off the franchise record for goals scored in a playoff game...Winnipeg scored four goals combined in the first two games of this series...The Jets scored three times in the third period, which was the first time they scored in the third period in the playoffs.
On the Road
The Jets went 22-18-1 on the road during the regular season, which set a franchise record for the most road wins in a season...Winnipeg went 4-2-1 in their last seven regular season road games...The Jets have won all three games against the Blues in St. Louis during the regular season and playoffs and are 9-2-0 in their past 11 games in St. Louis...Blake Wheeler led the Jets in scoring on the road during the regular season with 40 points (10G, 30A) in 41 games.
Back in the Dance
The Jets are back in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second consecutive season...It's the first time in franchise history that the Jets have reached the playoffs in back-to-back seasons and fourth time overall.
New Playoff Foe
This is the sixth playoff series in franchise history and the sixth time the Jets face a different opponent...The then-Atlanta Thrashers played the New York Rangers in 2006...The Jets made the playoffs for the first time after relocation in 2015 and met the Anaheim Ducks in the first round...Last season, Winnipeg played the Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators and Vegas Golden Knights.
The Jets went 13-12-1 against Central Division teams during the regular season, which is their poorest divisional record since going 11-16-2 during the 2015-16 season...Winnipeg has been above .500 against their divisional foes in four of six seasons since moving to the Central Division...Winnipeg finished the season 4-7-1 in their last 12 games against Central Division teams and three of the four wins came against Nashville...Since the start of the 2016- 17 season, the Jets are 47-29-5 against Central Division teams, which is second in the NHL...In that same time frame, Blake Wheeler leads all NHLers in scoring against the Central Division with 98 points (28G, 70A) in 81 games, while Mark Scheifele has 90 points (37G, 53A) in 73 games.
Jets head coach Paul Maurice is coaching in the postseason for the seventh time in his career...Maurice is 35-42 behind the bench in playoff games, with the highlight of his postseason success coming in 2002 when he coached the Carolina Hurricanes to the Stanley Cup final...The nine playoff wins the Jets posted last season is the second most Maurice has had in a playoff run, next to the 2002 season.
Defenceman Dustin Byfuglien leads the Jets in scoring in the playoffs with five points (1G, 4A) in three games...He has a point in all three games, including two points in each of the past two games...He had one point in his last eight regular season games.
Patrik Laine has scored in all three games of the series so far...He has 16 goals in 15 career regular season and playoff games against St. Louis, including nine goals in seven games this season...Laine set a franchise record with five goals against the Blues on Nov. 24...He has 12 goals in eight career games at Enterprise Center and has scored in seven of the eight games.
Dustin Byfuglien is the only player on the Jets roster to score an overtime goal in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and happened nearly a decade ago...Byfuglien did it during his time with the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final against the San Jose Sharks...The Jets franchise has never won a playoff game in overtime, going 0-2 thus far.
VIEW FULL GAME NOTES
All-Time Playoff Appearance: 4th
Consecutive Playoff Appearance: 2
Most Recent Playoff Appearance: 2018 (FR: 4-1 W vs. MIN; SR: 4-3 W vs. NSH; CF: 4-1 L vs. VGK)
All-Time Playoff Record: 10-18 in 28 GP (2-3 in 5 series)
Game 7s: 1-0 (0-0 at home, 1-0 on road)
Overtime: 0-2 (0-1 at home, 0-1 on road)
Facing Elimination: 1-3 (0-2 at home, 1-1 on road)
With Chance to Clinch Series: 2-1 (1-1 at home, 1-0 on road)