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Steen of St. Louis to play 1,000th NHL game; Winnipeg out to end losing streak at five

by Darrin Bauming / Independent Correspondent

BLUES (31-13-8) at JETS (25-23-4)

7 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN360, CITY, SNW, FS-MW, NHL.TV


The Game

Alexander Steen is expected to play in his 1,000th NHL game when the St. Louis Blues visit the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place on Saturday.

Steen, who was born in Winnipeg, has nine points (five goals, four assists) in his past 10 games. He has played the fourth most games in St. Louis history (746).

The Blues, who are seeking their third straight win against the Jets, are coming off a 4-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Friday.

Connor Hellebuyck will start for the Jets who look to end a season-long, five-game losing streak (0-5-0) in which they've been outscored 22-8. Winnipeg, which lost to the Boston Bruins 2-1 on Friday, is 1-7-0 in its past eight games overall, and 1-7-1 in its past nine games at home. 


Players to watch

Blues forward Zach Sanford has six points (two goals, four assists) in a four-game point streak.

Jets forward Patrik Laine has three goals in his past four games.


They said it

"We've got to dial it in. We've got a game [in Winnipeg]. We've just got to move on past this game and worry about the Jets [Saturday] now." -- Blues coach Craig Berube following a 4-2 loss against the Edmonton Oilers on Friday

"It's a little frustrating. I think we have to learn from it this morning and correct those mistakes and go out there tonight against a tough St. Louis team and try to get two points." -- Jets defenseman Neal Pionk following a 2-1 loss against the Boston Bruins on Friday


Blues projected lineup

Jaden Schwartz -- Brayden Schenn -- Jordan Kyrou

Zach Sanford -- Ryan O'Reilly -- David Perron

Alexander Steen -- Robert Thomas -- Tyler Bozak

Sammy Blais -- Jacob de la Rose -- Ivan Barbashev

Alex Pietrangelo -- Justin Faulk

Jay Bouwmeester -- Colton Parayko

Vince Dunn -- Carl Gunnarsson

Jordan Binnington

Jake Allen

Scratched: Mackenzie MacEachern, Robert Bortuzzo

Injured: Vladimir Tarasenko (upper body), Oskar Sundqvist (lower body)


Jets projected lineup

Kyle Connor -- Mark Scheifele -- Patrik Laine

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Blake Wheeler -- Mason Appleton

Jansen Harkins -- Andrew Copp -- Jack Roslovic

Gabriel Bourque -- Nicholas Shore -- Logan Shaw

Josh Morrissey -- Neal Pionk

Dmitry Kulikov -- Sami Niku

Anthony Bitetto -- Luca Sbisa

Connor Hellebuyck

Laurent Brossoit

Scratched: Cameron Schilling

Injured: Mathieu Perreault (upper body), Nathan Beaulieu (lower body), Adam Lowry (upper body) Carl Dahlstrom (broken hand), Mark Letestu (heart virus), Bryan Little (head), Tucker Poolman (lower body)


Status report

Jets coach Paul Maurice said Perreault, a forward who left the game Friday, will be reevaluated on Saturday. Shaw is likely to enter the lineup in his place.


Stat pack

Perron has seven points (three goals, four assists) during a five-game point streak. … Connor has 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in his past 13 games. … Pietrangelo has eight points (one goal, seven assists) in his past seven games. … Scheifele has 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in his past 13 games. … The Jets play eight of their next nine games at home where they are 11-12-2 this season. Last season, they were 25-12-4 at home.

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