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Stastny out for Blues, continue road trip against Jets

by Patrick Williams

BLUES (4-1-0) at JETS (4-1-0)


Season series: The St. Louis Blues won three of five games against the Winnipeg Jets last season. Each team won 2-1 in a shootout at MTS Centre. St. Louis defenseman Alex Pietrangelo had a team-leading five assists in five games; forward Andrew Ladd had a goal and three assists for the Jets.

Blues team scope: St. Louis continues a season-high six-game road trip without forward Paul Stastny. He sustained a lower-body injury in the Blues' 4-3 win against the Vancouver Canucks on Friday and has returned to St. Louis, according to the Blues website. Stastny has a goal and four assists in his first five games and his status will be updated after the road trip, which ends after a game Tuesday against the Montreal Canadiens. Since losing the first game of the trip, the Blues have three consecutive wins. Goaltender Jake Allen played Friday, and Brian Elliott is expected to start Sunday. Forward Scott Gomez made his season debut Friday and forward Ryan Reaves was a healthy scratch for the first time this season.

Jets team scope: Winnipeg continues its six-game homestand and plays a Central Division opponent for the first time this season. "We know they are going to be a good team," Jets forward Mark Scheifele said after practice Saturday. "They have a lot of skill, they play a hard defensive game and we know it will be a tough test for us." Defenseman Ben Chiarot (undisclosed) practiced Saturday but will not play Sunday, according to the Jets website. Coach Paul Maurice also did not disclose his starting goaltender for Sunday. Goaltenders Ondrej Pavelec and Michael Hutchinson have alternated starts through the first five games, with Pavelec starting the most recent game, a 3-1 win against the Calgary Flames on Friday.

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