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Tuesday, October 29th
(All times Eastern)
Winnipeg Jets (5-6-2) at St. Louis Blues (6-1-2), 8 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The St. Louis Blues will try to build off a strong
performance in their last outing when they host the struggling Winnipeg Jets
in Tuesday's clash at Scottrade Center.
The Blues ended a two-game slide and won for just the second time in five
games by pounding the Nashville Predators 6-1 on Saturday. It was the second-
best offensive output of the season for St. Louis, which beat the Florida
Panthers by a 7-0 score on Oct. 5.
Alexander Steen scored a pair of goals to fuel the rout in Nashville. Steen
already has 10 goals in nine games this season, giving him two more markers
than he had in 40 games during last year's lockout-shortened campaign. He
enters Tuesday tied with Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals for the most
goals in the NHL this season.
"He feels like he's fresh on the ice and when you're fresh, you're confident,"
Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock said of Steen. "That's how he's feeling right
Jaden Schwartz, Alex Pietrangelo and T.J. Oshie each added a goal and an
assist, while Derek Roy registered the other goal for the Blues, who have
earned at least a point in four straight games, going 2-0-2 during that
Jaroslav Halak stopped 22-of-23 shots to backstop the victory. Halak is
expected to get the start again on Tuesday and is 4-2-0 with a 3.31 goals
against average in six career games against the Jets.
After hosting tonight's contest against Winnipeg, the Blues will play their
next three games on the road. St. Louis is 4-1-1 as the host this season and
2-0-1 on the road.
The Jets have lost four of their last five games and fell to 1-1-1 on a four-
game road trip after losing a 3-2 regulation decision Sunday at Colorado.
Winnipeg led the contest by a 2-1 score after 40 minutes, but Jan Hejda and
Paul Stastny scored third-period goals to lift the Avalanche to the home win.
Blake Wheeler and Bryan Little scored for the Jets. Al Montoya made 33 saves
but allowed all three goals in the setback.
"He was great. He kept the score tight. We really didn't help him too much in
the third period," Little said of Montoya.
The Blues had won three straight in the series against the Jets before losing
a 4-3 shootout decision on Oct. 18 in Winnipeg. The Jets erased a two-goal
deficit in the third period and Olli Jokinen scored the decisive shootout goal
to cap the come-from-behind win.
Tuesday's contest will mark the first trip to St. Louis for the Jets since the
franchise relocated from Atlanta prior to the 2011-12 season. The Blues were
4-1-1 in six all-time home tilts against the Atlanta Thrashers.
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