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2019.R1.G6 Jets Playoff Flight Plan: Looking To Live On In St. Louis

Do or die. Now or never. Insert whatever cliche you’d like into tonight’s game. The Winnipeg Jets either win tonight and force a game seven in what has been an entertaining series full of great highs and crushing lows, or the season’s end comes early with us wondering just where it all went wrong and way too much time to contemplate it all.

I’d like to see more Jets hockey after tonight myself and at this point, what else are we going to do but #BelieveInTheJets?

Winnipeg Jets
@
St. Louis Blues

Round One \ Blues Lead Series 3-2 / Game Six
April 20, 2019 – Puck drop: 6:30 PM CST

Enterprise Center – St. Louis, MO
TV: CBC – Sportsnet – TVA Sports – NBCSN (US)
Radio: TSN
1290

Last Time Between These Two Teams…

Things started off so well in the first period with the Jets striking out to a quick 2-0 lead, but as the game wore on you could see the home side fade out while the St. Louis Blues continued to be relentless and in the end scored three third period goals – the game winner coming with 15 seconds left – to take game five and a 3-2 series lead.

Fun fact…

No seven game series in NHL history has ever had the first six games won by the visiting team. In a playoff where both of the top seeds have been eliminated in the first round for the first time ever, tonight seems like a good night for the Jets to help make a little more. For what it’s worth teams that won game five after the series tied at 2-1, have a record of 205-55 (78.8% winning) but the Jets are unbeaten in five games this season in St. Louis (both regular season and playoffs) and even more remarkable are 9-0 over the last two seasons in games officiated by tonight’s ref, Francois St. Laurent.

What The Jets Need To Win Game Six…

  • Get a lead
  • For the love of everything hockey, keep playing their when they get it. This includes Paul Maurice rolling all four lines instead of shortening his bench, something others have taken notice he’s done which defies all logic really.
  • Special teams needs to be on top of it’s game tonight. The Jets have been out-scoring the Blues in 5v5 play, but the Blues power play has been a thorn in the side of the Jets.

Winnipeg Jet To Watch…

#26 – Blake Wheeler (Right Wing)

If the Jets are going to force a game seven, they are going to need the Captain to lead the way and the top line to be the best line in game six.  They weren’t in game five and part of that can be attributed to line usage by the coach and perhaps some over-playing down the stretch in the third period. As top line also makes up three/fifths of the power play unit, the Jets maybe need them to be better in that area even more than they need to be at even-strength.

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Big Wheels Keep On Turning
Scor Scor Scor
Rk G Tm Opp G A PTS +/- PIM S S% TOI HIT BLK
1 1 WPG STL L 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 17:03 4 1
2 2 WPG STL L 1 1 2 -1 0 2 50.0 21:53 2 1
3 3 WPG @ STL W 0 1 1 2 2 0 20:45 1 0
4 4 WPG @ STL W 0 2 2 2 0 2 0.0 20:43 5 1
5 5 WPG STL L 0 0 0 -2 0 0 20:22 1 1

What The Blues Need To Win Game Six…

  • Getting out to a better start and maybe even getting a lead would probably be ideal, but two of the three wins they’ve had this series have been of the comeback variety so maybe it doesn’t matter? In any case, if they do fall behind again, staying resilient is key.
  • Keep working the slot area in front of Hellebuyck. The weak-point of the Jets defense would seem to be attacking the middle of the ice so carry the puck in and then cut to the middle or get the puck to someone who has found an opening there.

St. Louis Blue To Watch…

#50 – Jordan Binnington (Goalie)

Regardless of what team you’re cheering for, the story of Jordan Binnington this season has been quite remarkable. Before this season started, almost nobody was talking about the 25 year old goalie as being a part of the Blues let alone one the key parts of a possible playoff series victory, but here we are with the Blues – who if you hadn’t heard were 31st in the NHL back on December 31, 2018 – one win away pulling off such a feat and it’s largely thanks to their rookie goalie who has been anything but nervous.

Jordan WINnington?
Goal Goal Goal Goal
Rk Date G Tm Opp DEC GA SA SV SV%
1 2019-04-10 1 STL @ WPG W W 1 25 24 .960
2 2019-04-12 2 STL @ WPG W W 3 29 26 .897
3 2019-04-14 3 STL WPG L L 6 29 23 .793
4 2019-04-16 4 STL WPG L-OT L 2 39 37 .949
5 2019-04-18 5 STL @ WPG W W 2 31 29 .935

What They’re Saying…

The Hockey Writers: Binnington Proving to be Blues’ Future

Four days before Binnington made his first career NHL start, the Blues were in last place in the entire league. Then, the rookie goaltender put on his first brilliant showing of the season, blanking the Philadelphia Flyers in a 3-0 victory on Jan. 7.

Bleedin’ Blue: St. Louis Blues Series With Winnipeg Jets Makes No Sense

Basically, almost nothing about this series makes sense. As John Kelly said after Game 5, this is crazy. For starters, this is the only series in which the away team has won every single game. Home ice has meant very little in the 2019 NHL playoffs across the board, but home teams have won at least one game in every other series.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Helmet off, game on for Blues’ Schenn

There was something different about Brayden Schenn from the moment he stepped onto the ice Thursday at Bell MTS Place for pregame warmups in Winnipeg. No helmet.

Player ratings courtesy Corsica.Hockey

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St. Louis Blues Lines

LW C RW Forwards
David Perron
DAVID PERRON

Rating: 75.4#35 LW

Ryan O'Reilly
RYAN O’REILLY

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Rating: 80.4#12 C

Vladimir Tarasenko
VLADIMIR TARASENKO

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Rating: 83.9#4 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 79.88#8 FL1
Jaden Schwartz
JADEN SCHWARTZ

Rating: 76.6#28 LW

Brayden Schenn
BRAYDEN SCHENN

Rating: 75.8#44 C

Oskar Sundqvist
OSKAR SUNDQVIST

Rating: 72.4#97 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 74.93#15 FL2
Patrick Maroon
PATRICK MAROON

Rating: 73.3#57 LW

Tyler Bozak
TYLER BOZAK

Rating: 73.9#62 C

Robert Thomas
ROBERT THOMAS

Rating: 71.5#125 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.90#9 FL3
Robby Fabbri
ROBBY FABBRI

Rating: 71.4#97 LW

Ivan Barbashev
IVAN BARBASHEV

Rating: 71.6#122 C

Alex Steen
ALEX STEEN

Rating: 72.9#65 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.97#7 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Carl Gunnarsson
CARL GUNNARSSON

Rating: 72.3#76 LD

Alex Pietrangelo
ALEX PIETRANGELO

Rating: 81.5#5 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 76.89#10 DL1
Jay Bouwmeester
JAY BOUWMEESTER

Rating: 71.9#85 LD

Colton Parayko
COLTON PARAYKO

Rating: 77.7#19 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 74.81#11 DL2
Vince Dunn
VINCE DUNN

Rating: 76.1#18 LD

Joel Edmundson
JOEL EDMUNDSON

Rating: 73.8#47 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 74.93#2 DL3
GOALIES
Jordan Binnington
JORDAN BINNINGTON

Rating: 71.4#40 G1

Jake Allen
JAKE ALLEN

Rating: 68.6#59 G2

Winnipeg Jets Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Kyle Connor
KYLE CONNOR

Rating: 79.3#12 LW

Mark Scheifele
MARK SCHEIFELE

Rating: 83.0#8 C

Blake Wheeler
BLAKE WHEELER

Rating: 79.5#12 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 80.61#4 FL1
Nikolaj Ehlers
NIKOLAJ EHLERS

Rating: 75.9#33 LW

Bryan Little
BRYAN LITTLE

Rating: 72.8#88 C

Patrik Laine
PATRIK LAINE

Rating: 77.6#23 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 75.42#12 FL2
Mathieu Perreault
MATHIEU PERREAULT

Rating: 72.7#69 LW

Kevin Hayes
KEVIN HAYES

Rating: 74.7#54 C

Jack Roslovic
JACK ROSLOVIC

Rating: 71.2#98 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.84#13 FL3
Andrew Copp
ANDREW COPP

Rating: 72.7#68 LW

Adam Lowry
ADAM LOWRY

Rating: 73.1#79 C

Brandon Tanev
BRANDON TANEV

Rating: 71.9#83 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 72.56#3 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Josh Morrissey
JOSH MORRISSEY

Rating: 74.1#42 LD

Jacob Trouba
JACOB TROUBA

Rating: 77.2#22 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 75.67#16 DL1
Ben Chiarot
BEN CHIAROT

Rating: 71.9#87 LD

Dustin Byfuglien
DUSTIN BYFUGLIEN

Rating: 81.0#7 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 76.42#6 DL2
Dmitry Kulikov
DMITRY KULIKOV

Rating: 70.0#124 LD

Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 74.3#37 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.17#12 DL3
GOALIES
Connor Hellebuyck
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK

Rating: 74.1#24 G1

Laurent Brossoit
LAURENT BROSSOIT

Rating: 68.5#60 G2