(SportsNetwork.com) – The St. Louis Blues will try to shake off a rough
homestand on Thursday night when they begin a five-game road trip versus the
The Blues lost three of four on their recent residency, falling 5-2 to the
Montreal Canadiens in Tuesday’s finale. St. Louis’ current slump has dropped
it nine points behind the first-place Nashville Predators in the Central
Division and just three ahead of the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Jets, owners of the first wild card spot in the Western Conference, are
four points in back of the Blackhawks for third place.
Jake Allen had a rough time in net versus the Canadiens, giving up all five
goals on 23 shots faced. T.J. Oshie had a goal and an assist in defeat, while
David Backes also scored.
“They made us pay and they sealed the game before we could really make that
push,” Backes said.
St. Louis has won seven of its past eight on the road and figures to start
Brian Elliott in net tonight. He is 6-2-2 lifetime versus the Jets franchise
with a 2.98 goals against average and .894 save percentage in 11 games (10
The Jets will try to get on a roll tonight after they snapped a two-game slide
with Tuesday’s 4-2 victory over the Dallas Stars. That win came in the opener
of a four-game homestand and saw Dustin Byfuglien score the game-winner early
in the third period.
Bryan Little, Adam Lowry and Michael Frolik also lit the lamp for the Jets,
while Michael Hutchinson made 26 saves.
“Good first (period), good third, didn’t like the second,” Jets coach Paul
Forward Blake Wheeler did not play due to a lower-body injury, ending his
consecutive games played streak at 227, and he was placed on injured reserve
Wednesday after the Jets acquired forward Jiri Tlusty from the Carolina
Winnipeg sent a pair of draft picks to the Hurricanes for Tlusty, who could
debut tonight after notching 13 goals and 10 assists in 52 games with the
Hurricanes this season.
Hutchinson, meanwhile, has started four of the past five games in net for the
Jets and has never before faced St. Louis.
The Blues have won five in a row and eight of their past nine versus the Jets,
taking the first of five meetings this season 4-2 at Winnipeg on Nov. 23.
St. Louis is 4-0-1 in its past five on the road in this series.