0

JNGD.S8G1 Flight Plan: Jets Take Flight In St. Louis To Open Season

Welcome to the eighth season of Winnipeg Jets hockey, a season that has all the potential to be the best seen in Winnipeg hockey history. Expectations are high as many experts and “insiders” have picked the Jets to dominate this season, have a deep playoff run and some have even suggested a lifting of the Stanley Cup is in the cards for your local hockey club.

The journey to all of that starts tonight in St. Louis where the Jets will face a Blues team that just narrowly missed the playoffs last season and then made significant improvements to their scoring depth over the summer.

Advertisement

Winnipeg Jets (0-0-0)
@
St. Louis Blues (0-0-0)

October 4, 2018 – Puck drop: 7:00 PM CST
Enterprise Center – St. Louis, MO.
TV: TSN 3 – Radio: TSN 1290

Patrik Laine – 44 Goal Leader Vladimir Tarasenko – 33
Blake Wheeler – 68 Assist Leader Brayden Schenn – 42
Blake Wheeler – 91 Points Leader Brayden Schenn – 70
23.36% (5th in NHL) The Power Play 15.45% (30th in NHL)
81.75% (9th in NHL) The Penalty Kill 79.65% (18th in NHL)
Connor Hellebuyck
(44-11-9 / .924 Sv%)
Starting Goalie Jake Allen
(27-25-3 / .906 Sv%)
  • Stats are from the 2017-18 Season

Jets Notebook

  • The Jets finished the pre-season with a 4-3-0 record in what was a bit of a grind schedule wise that didn’t really allow the team to ice a full roster. The pre-season action did raise a few concerns with team defense – specifically allowing odd-man rushes and cross ice passes for scoring chances. The Jets will want to tighten that up as the regular season gets underway.
  • Eyebrows were raised as Nik Ehlers practiced on a line with Kristian Vesalainen and Jack Roslovic in what could either be the team’s third or dare we even say fourth line? One of the big things to look out for is just how coach Paul Maurice rolls the lines tonight as it sure does seem like he has four skilled lines and will need to find playing time for his bottom six forwards that includes the TLC line which has grown a reputation for being an effective shutdown unit against other teams top lines.
  • No significant injuries for the Jets to open the season. Nic Petan is still on bereavement leave and his return is unknown.

Blues Notebook

  • The Blues – like the Jets – had a 4-3-0 record in the pre-season. The forward group for the Blues looks much more improved and deeper with the additions of Ryan O’Reilly, Tyler Bozak, David Perron and Patrick Maroon.
  • The Blues also have an injection of youth to start the season as forwards Robert Thomas, Jordan Kyrou and Sammy Blais all made the club as well. Blais led the Blues in pre-season scoring with four goals.
  • St. Louis opted to carry nine defensemen and no reserve forwards. Robert Bortuzzo has one regular season game to serve for his elbowing suspension.
  • Carl Gunnarsson is on long term IR for a torn ACL as he is still recovering from that injury suffered in March and may not be back until November at the earliest. Defenseman Joel Edmundson and forward Robby Fabbri are day to day with groin issues.

Recently between both teams…

The Jets and Blues split the four games they played last season, each taking a win at home and a win on the road. For what it’s worth, the Jets would have won the season series 10-5 on aggregate goals if that was a thing that truly mattered. The Jets two wins were Connor Hellebuyck shutouts as he bumped up his career numbers against the Blues to a very respectable 4-2-0 with a .944 save percentage.

Player ratings courtesy Corsica.Hockey

Winnipeg Jets Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Kyle Connor
KYLE CONNOR

Rating: 76.3#23 LW

Mark Scheifele
MARK SCHEIFELE

Advertisement

Rating: 82.6#7 C

Blake Wheeler
BLAKE WHEELER

Rating: 81.8#5 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 80.26#3 FL1
Mathieu Perreault
MATHIEU PERREAULT

Advertisement

Rating: 74.2#55 LW

Bryan Little
BRYAN LITTLE

Advertisement

Rating: 72.5#87 C

Patrik Laine
PATRIK LAINE

Rating: 82.6#3 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 76.42#6 FL2
Kristian Vesalainen
KRISTIAN VESALAINEN
Jack Roslovic
JACK ROSLOVIC

Rating: 71.6#117 C

Nikolaj Ehlers
NIKOLAJ EHLERS

Rating: 75.7#30 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 73.67#6 FL3
Andrew Copp
ANDREW COPP

Rating: 71.2#83 LW

Adam Lowry
ADAM LOWRY

Rating: 72.0#104 C

Brandon Tanev
BRANDON TANEV

Rating: 69.6#118 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.93#12 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Josh Morrissey
JOSH MORRISSEY

Rating: 73.3#37 LD

Jacob Trouba
JACOB TROUBA

Rating: 77.4#15 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 75.34#15 DL1
Ben Chiarot
BEN CHIAROT

Rating: 71.9#64 LD

Dustin Byfuglien
DUSTIN BYFUGLIEN

Rating: 81.1#4 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 76.53#5 DL2
Joe Morrow
JOE MORROW

Rating: 72.3#55 LD

Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 76.0#24 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 74.14#2 DL3
GOALIES
Connor Hellebuyck
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK

Rating: 74.9#17 G1

Laurent Brossoit
LAURENT BROSSOIT

Rating: 69.3#57 G2

St. Louis Blues Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Patrick Maroon
PATRICK MAROON

Rating: 72.8#47 LW

Ryan O'Reilly
RYAN O’REILLY

Rating: 78.8#21 C

Vladimir Tarasenko
VLADIMIR TARASENKO

Rating: 83.7#2 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 78.46#12 FL1
Jaden Schwartz
JADEN SCHWARTZ

Rating: 78.5#12 LW

Brayden Schenn
BRAYDEN SCHENN

Rating: 76.9#33 C

Jordan Kyrou
JORDAN KYROU
FL2 Rating
Rating: 77.74#2 FL2
Alex Steen
ALEX STEEN

Rating: 73.8#42 LW

Tyler Bozak
TYLER BOZAK

Rating: 73.7#62 C

David Perron
DAVID PERRON

Rating: 72.6#53 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 73.33#8 FL3
Ivan Barbashev
IVAN BARBASHEV

Rating: 70.7#101 LW

Robert Thomas
ROBERT THOMAS
Samuel Blais
SAMUEL BLAIS

Rating: 72.1#69 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.41#7 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Jay Bouwmeester
JAY BOUWMEESTER

Rating: 71.7#74 LD

Alex Pietrangelo
ALEX PIETRANGELO

Rating: 80.7#7 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 76.19#11 DL1
Vince Dunn
VINCE DUNN

Rating: 73.2#41 LD

Colton Parayko
COLTON PARAYKO

Rating: 76.9#16 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 75.04#8 DL2
Chris Butler
CHRIS BUTLER

Rating: 70.1#109 LD

Jordan Schmaltz
JORDAN SCHMALTZ

Rating: 72.1#58 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.13#20 DL3
GOALIES
Jake Allen
JAKE ALLEN

Rating: 70.3#50 G1

Chad Johnson
CHAD JOHNSON

Rating: 68.1#64 G2

Be sure to check out our Twitter feed for any late mid-day updates to the game lineups!

Gameday Prediction

The poor start to last season is still fresh in the minds of fans and media alike, so you have to know the players as well would like to avoid that a second time around. The Blues seem to be much improved on paper but it hasn’t quite come together for them in the pre-season. The Jets get “serious” now and take the opener with a 5-3 win.