St. Louis Blues (19-6-3) at Winnipeg Jets (14-13-4)
|Date & Time||Tuesday December 10, 2013, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Winnipeg Jets +129 / St. Louis Blues -142 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The St. Louis Blues look to continue their winning ways as they take to the road to face the Winnipeg Jets at the MTS Centre.
The Blues are coming off a loss and will look to regroup as they head to Winnipeg to take on a Jets team who is finally starting to play up to the level people expected them to. St. Louis has slipped into second place in the Central division as they sit six points behind the division leading Blackhawks and have dropped four of their last 10 contests which is an anomaly based on the way they have played for the better part of two seasons. St. Louis has a nice core of young talent and a balance of veteran leadership that makes them one of the most dangerous teams in the league and it seems to have been a godsend for the Blues organization when they brought in Ken Hitchcock behind the bench. Jaroslav Halak has receieved the bulk of the goaltending duties this season as he has distanced himself from Brian Elliott and Jake Allen as the team’s number one option and he will likely get the call in this one against the Jets.
Oh, the Winnipeg Jets. I have been a huge supporter of this team this season as I think they have all the right pieces to not only make the playoffs but to do some damage along the way but every time I back them I seem to come out on the losing end. They have a nice roster that is very well balanced up front, a great blue line that can contribute offensively and a serviceable goaltending tandem yet they continue to be very inconsistent and as such they find themselves in sixth place in the Central division. The Jets are supposed to be a huge power at home but so far they’re only 7-6-3 at the MTS Centre and that simply isn’t good enough if they want to make the playoffs. This is a statement opportunity for the Jets and I said I would stop backing them against good teams but I can’t help it in this circumstance as they’re massive home dogs. One more shot I promise.