Game 6 Update – The St. Louis Blues rallied to a 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night, giving them a 3-2 lead in their Western Conference playoff series.
Jaden Schwartz scored with 15 seconds remaining to cap the win for the Blues. Ryan O’Reilly and Brayden Schenn scored earlier in the final period, while Jordan Binnington stopped 29 shots.
The Jets lost their sixth straight at home, and the Blues’ win marked the first time in 15 years that the road team has won each of the first five games in a seven-game series.
The Jets was up 2-0 after the 1st Period on goals by Adam Lowry and Kevin Hayes, with Connor Hellebuyck making 26 saves.
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Game 5 Update – Winnipeg Jets beat the St. Louis Blues 2-1 in Game 4 on Tuesday night to tie their best-of-seven Western Conference series at two games apiece.
Kyle Connor scored at 6:02 of overtime to claim the win for the Jets and give them back home-ice advantage in the series. That said, all four games in the series to date have been won by the road team.
Vladimir Tarasenko scored the opening goal for the Blues, but Mark Scheifele tied it at the 7:33 mark in the 3rd Period. Connor Hellebuyck made 31 saves for the Jets and Jordan Binnington made 37 stops for the Blues.
The series now shifts back to Winnipeg for Game 5 on Thursday night.
The Winnipeg Jets defeat the St. Louis Blues in overtime to even the series at two games apiece! pic.twitter.com/7djzA7RLLc— TSN (@TSN_Sports) April 17, 2019
Game 4 Update – The Winnipeg Jets rallied from two losses on home-ice to win 6-3 on the road at the St. Louis Blues and put themselves back into contention at 2-1 down in the 1st Round Western Conference playoff series.
The Blues went 1-0 up late in the 1st Period, but the Jets fought back, led by Kyle Connor scoring twice and Patrik Laine having goal and an assist.
Connor Hellebuyck made 26 saves for the Jets, while Jordan Binnington made 23 stops for the Blues.
Blues’ defenseman Robert Bortuzzo played despite requiring seven stitches to a cut on his hand suffered in the 3rd period of Game 2.
Game 3 Update: St. Louis Blues secured a 4-3 win on the road at Winnipeg Jets on Friday evening to take a 2-0 lead in the best of seven series in their Western Conference Round 1 tie.
The Blues now have two games at the Enterprise Center where they could close out the series in front of their own fans.
Oskar Sundqvist scored twice for the Blues, while Ryan O’Reilly scored what proved to be the winning goal early in the 3rd Period.
Jets forward Mathieu Perreault missed the game as a result of an undisclosed injury, but winger Brandon Tanev returned after missing three games with a hand injury.
Game 2 Update :The St. Louis Blues gained an early advantage in their Western Conference Round 1 series against the Winnipeg Jets as they came back from a goal down to win 2-1 at Bell MTS Pace on Wednesday evening, with Tyler Bozak scoring the game winner with 2:05 left in regulation time.
Goaltenders starred in the opening game, with rookie goalie Jordan Binnington making 24 saves in his first playoff start for the Blues, while. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 24 shots for the Jets.
One positive note for the Jets was that their goal was scored by Patrik Laine, with the Finnish forward having only had one goal in his previous 19 games.
The Winnipeg Jets meet the St. Louis Blues in the Western Conference Playoffs Round 1 matchup.
The Jets lost six of their last nine games in the regular NHL season but finished above the Blues in the Central Division on the basis of the number of games won, having finished level on points. That ensures that the Jets will have a home-ice advantage should these series go the full distance.
The Blues were bottom of the pile in the NHL standings at the beginning of January but went on a run (including an 11-game winning streak) that has taken them into the postseason.
The Jets won three of the four games between the teams in the regular season, although home-ice advantage only played a part on one occasion.
The Jets have averaged 3.29 Goals per Game (7th overall in the NHL standings), while allowing 2.96 Goals per Game (15th overall). Mark Scheifele has scored 38 goals this season, while Blake Wheeler has recorded 71 assists.
The Blues have averaged 2.98 Goals per Game (15th overall), while allowing 2.68 Goals per Game (tied 5th overall). On an individual player basis, Vladimir Tarasenko has scored 33 goals, while Ryan O’Reilly has contributed 49 assists.
There’s likely to be very little to choose between the teams when it comes to betting odds on the series, with the betting line possibly just favouring the Jets on the basis of their having home-ice advantage should the series run to a seventh and deciding game.
The prediction here is for the Jets given that home-ice advantage and the fact that they possess a greater goal threat. This could go all the way though, so a 4-3 series win could be the best bet.
Pick: Series Score – Winnipeg Jets 4-3