Winnipeg Jets at St. Louis Blues
|Date & Time||Sunday April 14, 2019, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
St. Louis, MO
St. Louis Blues -143 / Winnipeg Jets +122
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The Winnipeg Jets and the St. Louis Blues square off in game three of their Western Conference Quarterfinal series in NHL action from the Enterprise Center on Sunday night.
The Winnipeg Jets will be looking to turn their fortunes around after dropping the first two games of the series on home ice following a 4-3 loss to the Blues on Friday night.
Oskar Sundqvist opened the scoring for the Blues just 5:23 into the game before Blake Wheeler tied the game with just under eight minutes to go in the opening frame, sending us to the 2nd deadlocked at one goal apiece. Winnipeg took the lead early in the 2nd thanks to a power play goal from Patrik Laine, but St. Louis would tie the game just 3:53 later thanks to Patrick Maroon’s tally and Sundqvist would give St. Louis a 3-2 lead just 3:08 after that. Mark Scheifele would tie the game late in the 2nd on the PP to keep the game tied after 40 minutes of play.
Ryan O’Reilly’s tally early in the 3rd would be all that St. Louis would need as the Blues would hold off Winnipeg and their 15 shots on goal in the 3rd period to take game two and head home with a commanding 2-0 series lead.
Jordan Binnington got the W for St. Louis to improve to 2-0-0 this postseason, stopping 26 of 29 shots faced in the winning effort while Connor Hellebuyck took the loss for the Jets, allowing all 4 goals on 32 shots in the defeat.
Winnipeg is 1-4 in their last 5 games overall and 0-4 in their last 4 division games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 playoff games as an underdog. St. Louis is 14-2 in their last 16 home games and 7-1 in their last 8 Conference Quarterfinals games while the under is 14-5-2 in their last 21 games against a team with a winning record. Winnipeg is 11-5 in the last 16 meetings between these two teams, 7-1 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams in St. Louis and the road team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.
The road team has had a lot of success recently in this matchup, and we rode that to two underdog cash-ins with the Blues. Now common logic would say back Winnipeg to get one back as they’ve had lots of success in St. Louis over the years and can’t afford to go down 3-0 in the series. However, St. Louis has been dominant at home over the last couple of months and while the series has been tight, the Blues have found a way to get the job done. I had Winnipeg as my Stanley Cup contender out of the West at the beginning of the season, but the Jets just aren’t playing like it right now and I think the Blues are the play here given how the first two games of the series have played out.