The Winnipeg Jets have been to St. Louis in the last five years, I promise. As a matter of fact, it was almost three years ago today - October 30th, 2010. It was a 4-3 shootout win in which Ondrej Pavelec demonstrated his flubber pads and the Blues realized that normally he is terrible in a shootout.
Unfortunately, on the 18th, the Blues managed to be worse at a shootout (and maintaining a lead) than Pavelec, losing 4-3 in a shootout.
But I digress. These are the Atlanta Thrashers/Jets 2.0. These are not the Phoenix Coyotes/Jets 1.0. Every headline, every blurb that you read about the fact that the Jets haven't been in St. Louis since April 8th, 1996, is wrong. The only thing this Jets team has in common with that Jets team is that both employed Keith Tkachuk at some point in their history. Perhaps it's more accurate to say that this is the first time that a team named the Winnipeg Jets have visited St. Louis since 1996, but accuracy is for suckers.
Now that I've gotten my pet peeve out of the way, let's talk about the Blues and the fact that not only did they wallop the Nashville Predators 6-1 on Saturday night, but Alexander Steen netted two goals in the effort. He has ten goals in nine games, tying him with Alexander Ovechkin for the league lead. There must be something about guys named Alexander or something. Who nose. You want to know who else's scored ten goals over their first nine games? Brett Hull, the Blues Vice President of Fun and Suites.
The Blues' power play is back on top of the league at 30.3% after scoring on the man advantage twice Saturday night. They have points in four straight games, though both of their shootout losses (against Winnipeg and the Vancouver Canucks) were easily avoidable.
It's a home game with no baseball conflicts until April. Pay attention tonight; you might miss some high-powered offense if you don't. Don't forget to head over to Arctic Ice Hockey and say hi (and see how much longer the Jets' coach has before he's fired), and check back later for a Lighting the Lamp, a game preview that's not as awesome as what CrossCheckRaise has been turning out, your GDT, and a RBR recap that'll knock your socks off.