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At the Rink: Blues at Jets

by Patrick Williams

WINNIPEG – The St. Louis Blues will have an unlikely addition to their injury list when they finish their four-game road trip against the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday.

Defenseman Jay Bouwmeester will miss the game with a lower-body injury sustained in a 3-2 road win against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. Bouwmeester did not skate in the pregame warm-up at MTS Centre and his streak of 737 consecutive games played will end.

Bouwmeester had not missed a game since the 2003-04 season when he was with the Florida Panthers.

Defenseman Chris Butler will replace Bouwmeester in the lineup. Butler, who signed with the Blues in the summer, has not played this season. Butler, a St. Louis native, played in 82 games last season with the Calgary Flames.

St. Louis defenseman Barret Jackman will play his 744th game with the Blues and tie Brett Hull for third on the franchise's all-time list.

Hitchcock has been alternating starts for goaltenders Jake Allen and Brian Elliott, and Allen will start against Winnipeg. In his most recent start, Allen allowed four goals on 30 shots in a 4-1 loss against the Montreal Canadiens.

Goaltender Ondrej Pavelec will start for the Jets, who begin a three-game road trip Tuesday against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Jets coach Paul Maurice rested defenseman Toby Enstrom on Saturday, but Enstrom will dress Sunday.

Here are the projected lineups:


Patrik BerglundDavid BackesT.J. Oshie

Jaden SchwartzJori LehteraVladimir Tarasenko

Alexander SteenPaul StastnyMagnus Paajarvi

Steve OttMaxim LapierreRyan Reaves

Carl GunnarssonKevin Shattenkirk

Chris ButlerAlex Pietrangelo

Barret JackmanIan Cole

Jake Allen

Brian Elliott

Scratched: Chris Porter, Joakim Lindstrom

Injured: Jay Bouwmeester (lower body)


Andrew LaddBryan LittleBlake Wheeler

Evander KaneMathieu PerreaultDustin Byfuglien

Adam LowryMark ScheifeleMichael Frolik

Chris ThorburnJim SlaterMatt Halischuk

Toby EnstromZach Bogosian

Mark StuartJacob Trouba

Adam PardyPaul Postma

Ondrej Pavelec

Michael Hutchinson

Scratched: Grant Clitsome, TJ Galiardi, Anthony Peluso

Injured: None

Status report: Clitsome will be a healthy scratch and miss his fourth straight game… TJ Galiardi will be a healthy scratch for the fifth consecutive game.

Who's hot: Tarasenko scored against Ottawa and ranks fourth in the NHL with 12 goals in 20 games. He had 21 goals in 64 regular-season games last season… Lehtera centers Tarasenko's line and has eight assists in his past 10 games…The Jets' recently assembled line of Lowry, Scheifele and Frolik has three goals in its past two games.

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