Feb 8, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues right wing T.J. Oshie (74) screens Winnipeg Jets goalie Al Montoya (35) during the second period at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Winnipeg Jets Take On NHL-Leading St. Louis Blues: Preview

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The Winnipeg Jets (31-29-9) are coming off a big win, but an even tougher test awaits: The NHL’s best team, the St. Louis Blues (46-14-7).

The Jets finally snapped their 6-game winless streak on Sunday night with a 7-2 victory over the Dallas Stars, while the Blues come into the match-up winning seven of their last eight games. In the last meeting between these two teams, the Jets hung tough with the Blues, taking them all the way to a shootout where St. Louis emerged victorious in the final game before the Olympic break. All-time, the Blues hold a convincing 4-0-1 record against the Jets.

Winnipeg will go back to Al Montoya in net, just 24 hours after making a 25-save effort against Dallas. Montoya is 11-5-3 with a .925% save percentage and 2.19 GAA in 22 appearances this season.

The Blues are expected to start Bryan Elliot, saving starter Ryan Miller for a date with the Chicago Blackhawks later in the week. Elliot, who made 28 saves in the Blues’ victory over the Jets on February 8th, has a 16-5-2 record to go along with a .916% save percentage and 2.07 GAA this season.

The Jets’ injury list has reached mammoth proportions, and now includes Chris Thorburn (foot), Mark Scheifele (knee), James Wright (ankle), as well as starting goaltender Ondrej Pavelec, call-up John Albert, and Grant Clitsome. Dustin Byfuglien left the Jets’ game against Dallas on Sunday with a lower-body injury, but will play against the Blues on Monday.

The Blues’ list is tiny by comparison, but some key pieces are on it: Vladimir Tarasenko needs surgery and will miss at least six weeks, and Jordan Leopold is out with a high ankle sprain.

The Jets moved within four points of the final Wild Card spot held in the Western Conference by the Stars with the four-point win last night, while the Blues are safely nestled in the West’s first seed.

 

Winnipeg is 15-15-3 on the road this season, and will be in tough against a Blues team that is nearly unbeatable at home, at 24-5-4. The Jets picked up a big Division win on Sunday, bettering their record within the Central Division to 8-12-5. By comparison, St. Louis is still yet to lose in regulation to a Central Division opponent (19-0-2).

 

You can catch the game on TSN Jets, as well as listen live on TSN 1290 radio. Non-regional viewers can see the game on Fox Sports-Midwest. Puck drop from the Scottrade Center is at 7:00 PM Central time.

 

Thanks for reading. For more Winnipeg Jets conversation and live game updates follow us on twitter @hkyattheforks. For a look on the St. Louis side of the fence, check out bleedinblue.com.

 

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