Another game, another win, another player down. At this rate, we'll have the entire Wolves roster playing in St Louis by Thanksgiving. So far, the Blues keep winning though, and today we are back in the Central Division to see if we can push our luck one more time. After 3 games in 4 nights, I hope our boys got a good amount of rest, because they are going to need everything they've got in today's matinee. The MTS Center used to be a house of fun, but has become a little more daunting as the Jets have improved.
The Jets did not make a lot of changes in the offseason, aside from bringing home prodigal son Alex Burmistrov . Their big acquisitions were before the season was over, primarily the trade that sent Evander Kane and Zach Bogosian to Buffalo in exchange for Tyler Myers, Drew Stafford, prospects, and picks. This is the first full year for Myers and Stafford, and they seem to be fitting in pretty well with the team. Speedy forward Blake Wheeler is really settling in - he leads the team with 7 points on 3 goals / 4 assists. The D corps is led by Dustin Byfuglien, who is playing for his next contract right now. Along with those vets, their youngsters are really coming along. Keep your eyes out for Jacob Trouba and Nikolaj Ehlers in particular. If the Blues take a lot of penalties and give the Jets an opening, Winnipeg can make them pay for it. It's enough to give Blues fans cardiac arrest (again).
Good luck (in other games, not so much this one) to St Louis native Adam Lowry.
This is a tough challenge for the Blues. The Jets aren't as much a pushover as they used to be. They'd be a handful even without the injuries to our boys. Now though, they are even more difficult. This should be a good test of our depth, and if it has to happen, better that it happen early. Winnipeg native Ryan Reaves will probably slot into the lineup (hey, if his dad's in the stands, maybe he'll pot one today), and everyone else will fill in above. Scott Gomez might see some extended top-6 time today, for example. It's an opportunity to see how new lines can work together. This is even harder on the road. These kind of issues will be easier to deal with once we get back to our house.
It's going to be Brian Elliott in goal for the Blues, and it looks like the Jets will be trotting out Ondrej Pavelec. I wonder if he's gotten over last year's embarrassment?
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Final Verse: The Puck drops at 2PM St Louis time, and the GDT will be along shortly before that. The TV broadcast will be on Fox Sports MW, and the radio call will be on KMOX 1120 AM. Afternoon games are always unpredictable, so this could be quite a spectacle. Come here and share the moment with your fellow Blues fans.
Reminder: Always be proud of where you come from, right Chris?