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Preview: Blues at Jets

Jake Allen not on trip with St. Louis; Ondrej Pavelec likely starter for Winnipeg

by Scott Billeck / NHL.com Correspondent

BLUES (23-18-5) at JETS (21-23-4)

3 p.m. ET; TSN3, FS-MW, NHL.TV

 
Blues team scope

Goalie Jake Allen did not make the trip with the St. Louis Blues, who have lost two in a row, including 7-3 to the Washington Capitals on Thursday when he allowed four goals on 10 shots and was pulled for the fourth time in six starts. "I don't want to make a mountain out of a molehill," Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said Friday. "… We're going to give him a day to reset. Jake's struggling right now, and I made a decision last night that I think taking a day away, and getting a total reset -- he could get a reset traveling with the team -- but I wanted a complete reset and then we come back on Sunday, he's back in the net and he's ready to go." The Blues called up goalie Pheonix Copley from Chicago of the American Hockey League, but coach Ken Hitchcock did not say if Copley or Carter Hutton would start.

 
Jets team scope

Goalie Ondrej Pavelec practiced with the Winnipeg Jets for the second time after getting called up from Manitoba of the American Hockey League and making 30 saves in a 6-3 win against the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday. "The shots in practice and the shots in games are just different, from the American League to here, and he got thrown right into the game and it took him probably a period [to get] a little bit of that timing back," coach Paul Maurice said. "For him then, he'd fall right back into it. So the shots are coming as fast as they're supposed to, when they're supposed to. He's looked solid on the ice, for sure." The Jets are 1-3-1 in their past five games but 5-0-0 in against the Central Division at home this season. Winnipeg is five points out of the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference. "It's one of the things we've been struggling with the whole season, consistency," forward Nikolaj Ehlers said. "We've got to be able to play hard, play physical, and play the way we played that last game. We've got to be able to do that every night. We know we're not going to win every game from now on, but we've got to be able to give ourselves that chance and we've got to do that now."

 
Blues projected lineup

Jaden Schwartz -- Paul Stastny -- Alexander Steen

Robby Fabbri -- Patrik Berglund -- Vladimir Tarasenko

Dmitrij Jaskin -- Jori Lehtera -- David Perron

Scottie Upshall -- Kyle Brodziak -- Ryan Reaves

Jay Bouwmeester -- Alex Pietrangelo

Carl Gunnarsson -- Kevin Shattenkirk

Robert Bortuzzo -- Colton Parayko

Pheonix Copley

Carter Hutton

Scratched: Nail Yakupov, Joel Edmundson, Jake Allen

Injured: None

 
Jets projected lineup

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Mark Scheifele -- Drew Stafford

Mathieu Perreault -- Bryan Little -- Blake Wheeler

Shawn Matthias -- Adam Lowry -- Joel Armia

Nic Petan -- Andrew Copp -- Chris Thorburn

Josh Morrissey -- Dustin Byfuglien

Toby Enstrom -- Jacob Trouba

Mark Stuart -- Paul Postma

Ondrej Pavelec

Connor Hellebuyck

Scratched: Brandon Tanev, Michael Hutchinson, Julian Melchiori

Injured: Tyler Myers (lower body), Marko Dano (lower body), Patrik Laine (concussion), Ben Chiarot (upper body)

 
Status report

Tarasenko moved to a line with Fabbri and Berglund on Friday. Tarasenko, who leads the Blues in scoring with 20 goals and 45 points, hasn't scored in his past six games. … Laine practiced for the first time since he was injured Jan. 7 but no timetable has been set for his return to the lineup. The rookie forward has missed six games.

 
Who's hot

Steen has five goals and seven assists in his past nine games. … Shattenkirk has one goal and three assists in his past three games. ... Scheifele has three goals and three assists in his past five games and five goals and six assists in his past 10.

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