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Jets at Blues game preview: Close ‘em out

Winnipeg Jets v St. Louis Blues Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

Thankfully, tonight marks the end of the season series against the Winnipeg Jets. Playing them is usually a hard go for the Blues. Unfortunately, it also means that any direct opportunity to make up ground against them is gone too.

Of course, looking at the standings, the Jets probably aren’t even on the Blues’ concern radar at the moment:

Oh, good, now the Blues are in the second wild card spot. Fantastic. This is what an extended losing streak then a couple of days off will get you in today’s NHL. Add the loss of Robert Bortuzzo (injured in the game against Dallas and now on the IR) and Sammy Blais (out during the Blues’ loss to the Sharks), and there’s even more of an uphill road to climb.

Will the Blues manage to fight their way to a win, or will they suffer a one goal loss again? Who knows.

The lines for tonight’s game are thus:


Alexander Steen - Paul Stastny - Vladimir Tarasenko

Jaden Schwartz - Brayden Schenn - Patrik Berglund

Ivan Barbashev - Vladimir Sobotka - Dmitrij Jaskin

Scottie Upshall - Kyle Brodziak - Chris Thorburn


Carl Gunnarsson - Alex Pietrangelo

Jay Bouwmeester - Colton Parayko

Vince Dunn - Chris Butler


Jake Allen

The Blues are 2-1 against the Jets this season; the last game was a stellar 5-2 win in Winnipeg. Will that be what we see tonight? Will Thursday’s practice after Wednesday’s teem meeting have solidified enough fundamentals that the Blues will remember how not to allow an odd-man rush? Stay tuned.