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Jets have held their opponent to two goals in each of their past three games

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV / Winnipeg Jets

BEAULIEU BACK ON BLUELINE

After a 14-game absence due to a broken bone, Nathan Beaulieu will return to the Jets lineup. Winnipeg has been very good in its own end since the player break and Beaulieu will only help that.

"Just keeping it simple. Obviously the games are very important right now," said Beaulieu.

"Every point, every game matters. We obviously know where we sit in the standings. Just getting my feet wet and keeping it simple."

KEEPING THE HIGH DANGER CHANCES DOWN

The Jets may be struggling to score but they sure are doing a great job keeping the opposition away from the high danger areas. Winnipeg has only given up 17 high danger opportunities over their last three games and that needs to continue as they search for their second win of the season against the Blues.

"When they get it into your end, it's tough to get it out," said Paul Maurice.

"They are one of the best slot shooting teams in the National Hockey League."

SCORING FIRST

There are few teams in the NHL that are as dominant when scoring first this season than the Blues. They have only one regulation loss in 2019-20 when they get on the board first and an incredible record of 23-1-6 when doing so. Winnipeg opened the scoring in the two teams last meeting at Bell MTS Place jumping out to a 3-0 lead and then hung on for a 5-2 victory.

APPLETON FITTING IN NICELY

Mason Appleton's speed has been a welcome addition to the Blake Wheeler and Nikolaj Ehlers line over the past three games. He scored the Jets only goal on Tuesday night during a 2-1 loss to the Nashville Predators and had two good looks outside of that. The Wheeler, Ehlers and Appleton trio combined for nine total shots on goal and will be counted on to take some of the pressure off of the Scheifele line tonight.

500 WITH THE JETS

A lot of Jets have hit milestones this season and that includes the head coach. Maurice will coach his 500th game with the Winnipeg Jets this evening and he is the winningest coach in franchise history with a record of 261-185-53 and a .576 points percentage.

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