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ST. LOUIS, MO - The Winnipeg Jets put a four-game win streak on the line tonight when they face off with the St. Louis Blues for the final time this season.
The Jets are also unbeaten in the four previous match ups with the Blues, going 3-0-1 in that span, including a 3-0 shut out win in the last meeting back in February.
"This team has brought out the best in us the last number of years," said Wheeler. "Every time we come to this building, or they come to our building, we know what to expect and they know what to expect out of us. We have a great amount of respect for the players on their team and what they bring to the table. I think we always get our best effort and our best game when we play these guys."
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But the Blues have been one of the NHL's hottest teams since the start of March. Over a 16-game span, St. Louis has rattled off a record of 12-2-2, and are 7-0-2 in their last nine, powering them to the third spot in the Central Division.
"We know they're a tough team… We have to be ready for a good game, and hopefully we can keep this good feeling going," said Mark Scheifele, who leads the Jets in points with 78.
"Obviously they have the talent up front that's going to produce. They're sticking to their game plan. Watching them play, they play a simple game. If it's a 1-1 game all game, they're going to stick to their game plan and follow it through. That's why they've been successful lately."
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Head coach Paul Maurice says the team will stick with the same line-up as Sunday's 4-2 win over Ottawa. The only change looks to be in goal, as Michael Hutchinson was the first goaltender off the ice at this morning's pre-game skate at Scottrade Center.
Overall, Maurice has liked his team's play over the last 20 games, where the Jets have gone 11-6-3.
"We've got a little bit better at just about all the areas that we needed to be better in," said Maurice. "Our penalty kill is a bit better, our goaltending has made some saves for us, and we've got pretty consistent play out of our shooters - our offensive guys - have been pretty good at putting up numbers, and they have been all year."
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Simplicity has been one of the keys to success as of late, and Scheifele believes the team's willingness to stick with that game plan has led to wins like the one over Ottawa on Sunday.
"If it's a grind, it's a grind. We saw that against Ottawa," said Scheifele. "They weren't giving a whole lot. There were a lot of battles down low in both ends. We stuck with it all night and came out on top. That's something we have to focus on again today."
Michael Hutchinson (8-12-3, 0.902 save percentage) is expected to go up against the Blues' Jake Allen (31-19-5, 0.916 save percentage) when the puck drops tonight at 7 pm CT on TSN 3 and TSN 1290.
- Mitchell Clinton, WinnipegJets.com
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JETS GAME NOTES
The Winnipeg Jets play their final two road games of the season this week, beginning tonight against the St. Louis Blues…The Jets beat the Ottawa Senators 4-2 on Saturday night to run their winning streak to a season-high four games…Jacob Trouba and Bryan Little each had two assists on Saturday, while Mathieu Perreault scored the game-winning goal in the third period…The Blues have a point in nine straight games…The Jets conclude their 2016-17 road schedule Thursday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Fly the W
Saturday's win improved Winnipeg to 7-2-1 in their last nine games, giving the Jets a tie for the seventh-best record in the NHL since Mar. 13…It's their best 10-game stretch of the season, which has been buoyed by four straight comeback wins...It's the first time the Jets have won four games in a row since winning the final four games of last season.
Facing the Central
The Jets are 17-8-2 against Central Division teams this season, including 10-6-1 against the four Central Division teams that are going to the playoffs…Tonight is Winnipeg's second last game against a Central Division team this season.
With a 37-35-7 record, the Jets are two games above .500 for the second time this season…The only other time this season the Jets have been two games above .500 was following a 4-0 win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Nov. 15, which improved Winnipeg's record to 9-7-2.
Special Teams Notes
- The Jets are 8-for-34 (23.5%) on the power play in their last 10 games.
- After scoring a power play goal in seven straight games, the Jets have been held without a power play goal in three consecutive games.
- The Jets are 11-for-12 (91.7%) on the penalty kill in their last five games.
- The Jets have been shorthanded 87 times in the third period this season, which is the most in the league.
The quartet of Mark Scheifele (78), Blake Wheeler (70), Patrik Laine (62) and Nikolaj Ehlers (62) are the only four teammates to score more than 60 points this season…The foursome has combined for 272 points, which is three points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins foursome of Sidney Crosby (84), Evgeni Malkin (72), Phil Kessel and Conor Sheary (52) for the most points by four teammates in the NHL this season.
Draft and Develop
With Kyle Connor and Jack Roslovic recalled from the Manitoba Moose, the Jets have seven of their eight first round draft picks since the franchise relocated to Winnipeg in 2011 on their roster…Roslovic is the only one of the eight to have yet to make his NHL debut…If Roslovic does make his NHL debut in one of the final three games, he'll join Connor, Patrik Laine and Nelson Nogier as members of the Jets to make their NHL debut this season.
Captain Blake Wheeler is on a five-game point streak (3g, 4a)…Wheeler's goal on Saturday pushed him to the 70-point mark for the second straight season…Since the franchise relocated to Winnipeg in 2011, Wheeler leads the team in scoring with 382 points (139g, 243a) in 449 games and is the only player to surpass 300 points since that time…Since the 2012-13 season, Wheeler is tied for 11th in NHL scoring with 319 points (124g, 195a) in 370 games.
Scheifs Stays Hot
Mark Scheifele has a point in 16 of his last 21 games (5g, 20a)…He has 78 points, which has him tied with Blake Wheeler, who had 78 points last season, for the most points in a season by a Jets player since the franchise relocated to Winnipeg for the 2011-12 season…Vyacheslav Kozlov's 80 points during the 2006-07 season is the last time in franchise history a player reached 80 points in a season.
Jets vs. Blues All-Time Records
At Scottrade Center: 6-7-2