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Winnipeg 2-7-1 in past 10; St. Louis eyes 12-game home point streak

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

JETS (26-23-5) at BLUES (32-14-8)

8 p.m. ET; ESPN+, FS-MW, TSN3, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The St. Louis Blues will try to extend their home point streak to 12 games when they play the Winnipeg Jets at Enterprise Center on Thursday.

The Blues are 10-0-1 in their past 11 games on home ice and can tie the third-longest such streak in team history (9-0-3 from Jan. 26 to Feb. 6, 2001) with at least one point against the Jets.

St. Louis is 2-4-1 in its past seven games, including a 5-2 loss at Winnipeg on Feb. 1, after a four-game winning streak.

The Jets, who will play their only road game in a 10-game stretch, are 2-7-1 in their past 10. They trail the Calgary Flames by three points for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference.

 

Players to watch

Jets forward Patrik Laine has scored four goals in his past six games and has 18 points (14 goals, four assists) in 15 games against the Blues.

Blues forward Zach Sanford is on an NHL career-high six-game point streak (four goals, five assists).

 

They said it

"Just keep it simple right now. Every point matters. We obviously know where we are in the standings. Just try to keep it simple early and I think the rest will take care of itself." -- Jets defenseman Nathan Beaulieu

"From my personal experience when I wasn't on the Blues, this was a tough place to play and I think we've brought that mentality to other opponents." -- Blues center Brayden Schenn

 

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

Nathan Beaulieu -- Luca Sbisa

Connor Hellebuyck

Laurent Brossoit

Scratched: Anthony Bitetto, Cameron Schilling, Andrei Chibisov

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

 

Blues projected lineup

Jaden Schwartz -- Brayden Schenn -- Robert Thomas

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

Alexander Steen -- Tyler Bozak -- Jordan Kyrou

Sammy Blais -- Ivan Barbashev -- Troy Brouwer

Carl Gunnarsson -- Alex Pietrangelo

Jay Bouwmeester -- Colton Parayko

Vince Dunn -- Justin Faulk

Jordan Binnington

Jake Allen

Scratched: Robert Bortuzzo, Mackenzie MacEachern, Jacob de la Rose

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

 

Status report

Beaulieu will replace Bitetto when he returns after missing 14 games with a lower-body injury. 
. ... The Jets held an optional morning skate. ... Tarasenko, a forward, skated with the Blues for the first time since dislocating his left shoulder Oct. 24.

 

Stat pack

Bourque will play in his 400th NHL game. ... Ehlers has an assist in each of his past three games. ... O'Reilly has eight points (two goals, six assists) in his past seven games. ... Thomas has a four-game point streak (one goal, three assists).

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