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Winnipeg 2-4-1 in past seven; St. Louis can extend longest active winning streak in NHL to eight

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

JETS (21-14-3) at BLUES (25-8-6)

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

 

The Game

The St. Louis Blues will try to extend the longest active winning streak in the NHL to eight games when they host the Winnipeg Jets in the second half of a home-and-home at Enterprise Center on Sunday.

The Blues, who lead the Western Conference, defeated the Jets 5-4 in overtime at Bell MTS Place on Friday for their seventh consecutive victory; St. Louis has outscored opponents 29-15 during their streak, which equaled their seven-game run from Oct. 27-Nov. 9.

The Jets, who will play six of their next seven games on the road, are 2-4-1 in their past seven games after going 6-1-1 in their previous eight. 

 

Players to watch

Jets center Mark Scheifele has 16 points (eight goals, eight assists) in his past 11 games.

Blues forward David Perron has nine points (four goals, five assists) in a five-game point streak.

 

They said it

"The consistency is what makes them great. They have the ability to make some plays. They have good players there. ... There's lots of confidence in their offensive game, but they don't cheat for it. They're a pretty straight forward, straight line team." -- Jets coach Paul Maurice on St. Louis

"They're always big games, they're pretty intense games against Winnipeg. It's going to be another good one tomorrow. They're a good hockey team, they've got some real good players." -- Blues coach Craig Berube

 

Jets projected lineup

Kyle Connor -- Mark Scheifele -- Patrik Laine

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Blake Wheeler -- Jack Roslovic

Gabriel Bourque -- Adam Lowry -- Mason Appleton

Jansen Harkins -- Nicholas Shore -- Logan Shaw

Josh Morrissey -- Tucker Poolman

Luca Sbisa -- Neal Pionk

Anthony Bitetto -- Nathan Beaulieu

Connor Hellebuyck

Laurent Brossoit

Scratched: Carl Dahlstrom, Joona Luoto

Injured: Bryan Little (ear), Dmitry Kulikov (upper body), Mathieu Perreault (concussion protocol), Andrew Copp (upper body)

Suspended: Dustin Byfuglien

 

Blues projected lineup

Jaden Schwartz -- Brayden Schenn -- Ivan Barbashev

Oskar Sundqvist -- Ryan O'Reilly -- David Perron

Alexander Steen -- Robert Thomas -- Tyler Bozak  

Mackenzie MacEachern -- Jacob de la Rose -- Jordan Kyrou

Justin Faulk -- Alex Pietrangelo

Jay Bouwmeester -- Colton Parayko

Vince Dunn -- Robert Bortuzzo

Jordan Binnington

Jake Allen

Scratched: Zach Sanford, Troy Brouwer, Jake Walman

Injured: Vladimir Tarasenko (shoulder), Sammy Blais (wrist), Carl Gunnarsson (upper body)

 

Status report

Perreault took part in the morning skate Saturday but will not play. He could return against the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday, Maurice said. ... The Jets assigned goalie Eric Comrie to Manitoba of the American Hockey League on Sunday.

 

Stat pack

Winnipeg is 6-0-0 in day games this season, including 3-0-0 on the road. ... Laine has five points (three goals, two assists) in a three-game point streak ... Schwartz has nine points (two goals, seven assists) in a five-game point streak. ... Schenn has seven points (three goals, four assists) in a four-game point streak. ... Binnington has won five straight starts with a 2.38 goals-against average and .913 save percentage.

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