Gameday: Blues at Jets

Blues forward Robert Thomas (18) celebrates his goal scored against the Jets. (Photo courtesy: James Carey Lauder, USA TODAY Sports)

12/27: Blues/Jets, Bell MTS Centre, 7pm CT – FSMW, EPSN 101.1

WINNIPEG, MB – The St. Louis Blues (24-8-6) return from the league-wide holiday hiatus, looking for their 7th win in a row against the Winnipeg Jets (21-14-2). St. Louis capped off the California road trip with an explosive four-goal first period to beat the Kings 4-1 on Monday.

It’s the longest active win streak in the NHL and gave the Blues a five-point cushion over all Central Division opponents heading into the holiday break. Brayden Schenn scored two goals in the first against L.A., giving him 5 points in his last three games and his 17th goal on the season, leading the St. Louis roster.

“It’s crazy what a little bit of winning and confidence can do to a hockey team, and you know, obviously we’re feeling it as a group right now,” Schenn told NHL.com. “We believe in one another coming to the rink. Like I said, we had some success early again this year and now we’re just trying to roll with it.”

The Jets dropped their final game before the holiday break against Montreal, as the Canadiens scored four goals in the second period to beat Winnipeg 6-2. “The second period was brutal,” Josh Morrissey said of the middle frame. “We got slow. They played well. We weren’t any good in the second, that’s pretty much the story. We tried to come back in the third, but it was too little, too late.”

The Jets kept their third-place spot in the Central Division after the loss, their third straight loss at home after going 10-5-1 at Bell MTS Centre. The Blues and Jets meet up for the first of four games this season, and will both head right back to St. Louis on Monday.

All-Decade Finales

With the final four days of the 2010s upon us, every sports show, blog, and writer has give their take on the “all-decade teams” be it just for their team or for an entire sports league. Even Athletic writers like Jeremy Rutherford have shared their take on the St. Louis Blues’ all-decade team, including greats like Jay Bouwmeester, T.J. Oshie, Brian Elliott and Vladimir Tarasenko.

It’s difficult to include some of the roster from the cup-winning team like Jordan Binnington or Craig Berube, but any player that hoisted the Cup certainly gets extra props. Players like Alex Pietrangelo, David Perron, Colton Parayko, and Brayden Schenn certainly have more consideration not just for this all-decade team but maybe even the next all-decade team as we approach 2020.

Blue Notes

Brayden Schenn matched his season-high goal total (17) from last year on Monday. He is now on pace for 36, which would be a new career-high… Defenseman Jake Walman was called up Thursday from the San Antonio Rampage… Perron’s 2 points against L.A. gives him 7 points in 4 games… Vince Dunn has 2 goals in 4 games.

The Blues and Jets face off tonight in Winnipeg at 7pm tonight in the first half of a home-at-home series. To follow tonight’s (and Sunday’s) game, tune in to:

STL – FSMW, ESPN 101.1, Fox Sports GO, NHL.com

WPG – TSN3, TSN 1290, NHL.com

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