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JNGD.34 Flight Plan: Déjà Vu All Over Again

Hello again St. Louis!

The Jets and Blues meet up one more time – this time in Winnipeg – 24 hours removed from a strong goaltending battle won by the Blues.

This back to back / home and home set is the first of it’s kind for the Winnipeg Jets franchise since their move to Winnipeg from Atlanta which is kind of remarkable when you consider how close Winnipeg and Minnesota are.

We could see a lot more chippy play from both clubs as they will no doubt be sick of each other by the end of tonight.

Jets Regular Season Game #34

St. Louis Blues (22-10-2)
@
Winnipeg Jets (18-10-5)

December 17, 2017 – Puck drop: 5:00 PM CST
Bell MTS Place – Winnipeg, MB
TV: TSN3 – Radio: TSN 1290

Recently for the Jets…
And the Blues…
And between both teams…

Last night the Jets played the best game we’ve seen them play in quite some time – at the very least in the last five games anyway – only to be shut down by Carter Hutton who put up a brick wall in the Blues net making 48 saves for the 2-0 shutout win. The thought of the Jets playing as well as they did at least took some of the sting out of the fact that the loss was the Jets fifth (albeit one of them being an OT loss) in their last six games.

Winnipeg is still in ok shape standings wise despite the slump, they remain third in the Central, three points up on the Dallas Stars with a game in hand, but it would behoove the Jets to get back to some winning ways and last night was a step in the right direction. They are 4-4-2 in their last ten, but treading water isn’t going to get it done in this division.

As for the Blues, the offense didn’t bust out like they had hoped, but their power play which had been struggling at least arrived in the form of two goals on five power play chances. The Blues seemed to have had a “back to basics” approach to the man advantage that worked out for them on Saturday night as they were more active in taking shots than they had been in previous games.

This is the start of a four game road trip for the Blues that will take them through Western Canada. As for the Jets, after tonight they go back on the road for three more with stops in Nashville, Boston and Brooklyn.

Winnipeg Jets Lines

Lines courtesy of DailyFaceoff.com

LW C RW
Kyle Connor
KYLE CONNOR
Mark Scheifele
MARK SCHEIFELE
Blake Wheeler
BLAKE WHEELER
Nikolaj Ehlers
NIKOLAJ EHLERS
Bryan Little
BRYAN LITTLE
Patrik Laine
PATRIK LAINE
Andrew Copp
ANDREW COPP
Adam Lowry
ADAM LOWRY
Brandon Tanev
BRANDON TANEV
Mathieu Perreault
MATHIEU PERREAULT
Matt Hendricks
MATT HENDRICKS
Joel Armia
JOEL ARMIA
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Josh Morrissey
JOSH MORRISSEY
Jacob Trouba
JACOB TROUBA
Dmitry Kulikov
DMITRY KULIKOV
Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS
Ben Chiarot
BEN CHIAROT
Tucker Poolman
TUCKER POOLMAN
GOALIES
Connor Hellebuyck
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
Steve Mason
STEVE MASON

St. Louis Blues Lines

LW C RW
Alex Steen
ALEX STEEN
Paul Stastny
PAUL STASTNY
Dmitrij Jaskin
DMITRIJ JASKIN
Magnus Paajarvi
MAGNUS PAAJARVI
Brayden Schenn
BRAYDEN SCHENN
Vladimir Tarasenko
VLADIMIR TARASENKO
Vladimir Sobotka
VLADIMIR SOBOTKA
Patrik Berglund
PATRIK BERGLUND
Ivan Barbashev
IVAN BARBASHEV
Scottie Upshall
SCOTTIE UPSHALL
Oskar Sundqvist
OSKAR SUNDQVIST
Chris Thorburn
CHRIS THORBURN
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Joel Edmundson
JOEL EDMUNDSON
Colton Parayko
COLTON PARAYKO
Carl Gunnarsson
CARL GUNNARSSON
Jordan Schmaltz
JORDAN SCHMALTZ
Vince Dunn
VINCE DUNN
Robert Bortuzzo
ROBERT BORTUZZO
GOALIES
Jake Allen
JAKE ALLEN
Carter Hutton
CARTER HUTTON

Gameday Prediction

There is no possible way the Blues goaltending can come up with that kind of performance for a second straight night… Is there? It’s doubtful there is a second straight 48 shot performance coming from the Jets either, but if they put out the kind of effort tonight like they did last night, those more often than not will be wins. Jets win 4-2.