St. Louis Blues at Winnipeg Jets
|Date & Time||Wednesday April 10, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
Bell MTS Place
Winnipeg Jets -120 / St. Louis Blues +100
Sportsnet, TVA, CNBC, FS-Midwest
The St. Louis Blues and the Winnipeg Jets meet in game one of their Western Conference playoff quarterfinal series in NHL action from the Bell MTS Place on Wednesday night.
The St. Louis Blues enter the postseason as the #3 seed out of the Central division, finishing the year with 99 points following a record of 45-28-9. It was an up and down year for the Blues as St. Louis found themselves in last place in the entire league in January, and went on a tear in the final three-plus months of the season to earn a playoff spot. Ryan O’Reilly led the Blues in scoring with a total of 77 points, including a team-high 49 assists this season while Vladimir Tarasenko wasn’t far behind in 2nd with 68 points including a team-high 33 goals. Goaltending duties were split between Jake Allen, who went 19-17-8 with a 2.83 GAA and 3 shutouts, and upstart rookie Jordan Binnington, who went 24-5-1 with a 1.89 GAA and 5 shutouts this season.
The Winnipeg Jets come into the playoffs as the #2 seed in the Central division, level on points with St. Louis but earning home ice and the higher seed after a tiebreaker. Blake Wheeler led the Jets in scoring with 91 points as well as finishing 3rd in the NHL with 71 assists. Mark Scheifele was 2nd in scoring with 84 points as well as a team-high 38 goals while Kyle Connor had 34 goals and 66 points. Patrik Laine also joined the 30-goal club by hitting that exact tally in his 82-game campaign. Connor Hellebuyck led the Jets in goal, going 34-23-3 with a 2.90 GAA and 2 shutouts this season.
St. Louis is 8-2 in their last 10 games overall and 10-3 in their last 13 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 3-1-1 in their last 5 road games. Winnipeg is 2-5 in their last 7 games overall and 68-29 in their last 97 home games while the under is 5-2-1 in their last 8 games following a win. The road team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.
It’s no secret that Winnipeg has been one of the tougher places to go on the road and win for the last couple of years now as Winnipeg boasts one of the most hostile road environments in the NHL. However, the Jets didn’t finish the season very strong and in this matchup, it’s not like home ice has mattered as the road team has won 5 of the last 6 meetings between the two sides. I just like how St. Louis finished the season on a strong note, so I’ll side with St. Louis on the road in game one to steal home ice from the Jets.