WINNIPEG - This group of Winnipeg Jets are in entirely new territory in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Jets have trailed by two games before in a series, when they fell behind 3-1 in the Western Conference Final last spring. But never before have the Jets been down 2-0 heading on the road.
Winnipeg set a franchise record with 22 wins away from Bell MTS Place and with the series shifting to St. Louis for game's three and four, the confidence in their road game will be a good starting point to get that first win against the Blues.
"At this point it might be good for us to get on the road. We've won some big games on the road especially last year in the playoffs," said Bryan Little.
"Going into there (St. Louis), doesn't scare us."
Video: PRACTICE | Bryan Little
Teams that take a 2-0 lead in a best-of-seven Stanley Cup Playoffs series own an all-time series record of 318-50 (86.4%), including a 72-20 (78.3%) clip when earned as visitors. That being said, the Jets find themselves in a tighter opening two games than say Tampa Bay being down 2-0 to Columbus.
"Clearly down two (games) and both one goal games. We're talking about two games that are tied in the third period and it ends up being one," said Paul Maurice.
"I had them with slightly better chances even strength in the first and us with better chances even strength in the second. It is so tight. There's been sections of the game that each teams has controlled and in that we're both trying to get that section taken care of. And then stay in the fight man."
Video: PRACTICE | Paul Maurice
One improvement that Winnipeg made from Game 1 to Game 2 was cutting down on shots allowed from the slot. Maurice called that an area of expertise for the Blues before Friday night's contest. The Blues only had 10 slot shots as compared to 16 in Wednesday's series opener.
"It felt like their chances were more off the rush yesterday. I definitely think pretty much every goal was that way," said Andrew Copp on Saturday before the team left for Missouri.
"That's just our details on the forecheck and having guys in the right spot so our D can gap up. In general we might have taken care of the slot a little bit better but we got to be able to do it across the board. Just because we shut one off doesn't mean we don't shut them all off and not trading chances that way."
Video: PRACTICE | Andrew Copp
Last night ended Hellebuyck's streak of allowing three goals or less in playoff games at ten. His teammates have belief Hellebuyck will be sharp heading into Game 3.
"We need a great game (from Hellebuyck) like we need from everyone. It's one of those things that if guys in the room don't feel they haven't played up to their best, we need to look at ourselves and all get on the same page," said Little when asked what kind of effort they need from Hellebuyck.
"It's going to take everyone in that locker room playing their best game to beat these guys."
Maurice wasn't clear on what kind of changes will be made for Game 3 in terms of personnel, but did say Mathieu Perreault will be an option. From the sounds of his final answer Saturday afternoon there will be a different lineup at Enterprise Center.
"Always looking for something different, the little edge," said Maurice.
"You don't want to change your grip every time you get up to the tee box but if you keep hooking the ball you better make an adjustment right?"