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The St. Louis Blues host the Winnipeg Jets in game 4 of their first round match up in the NHL Western Conference playoff series. The Blues hold a 2-1 series lead, winning twice in Winnipeg, but losing Sunday at home. Game time is 9:30 p.m. ET at Enterprise Center. Binnington is expected to get the start in goal for St. Louis, while Hellebuyck is the probable goalie for Winnipeg.
Blues go up 2-1
The St. Louis Blues won the first two games of the series in Winnipeg, bu t then when they came back home for Game 3, they lost 6-3 on Sunday. “We knew they were gonna come hard,” Blues coach Craig Berube said. “We didn’t respond to that very well in the first period. We were on our heels most of the period. That’s not our game tonight.” A power play goal by Vladimir Tarasenko at the start of the third period cut the lead to 3-2, but then Winnipeg responded with three more in the period to put it out of reach. David Perron and Alexander Steen also had goals for St. Louis. Alex Pietrangelo had 2 assists while Vince Dunn and Joel Edmundson had 1 assist each. Goaltender Jordan Binnington had 23 saves and a save percentage of .793.
Sammy Blais is the only injured Blue, out indefinitely with a foot injury. The Blues finished the regular season at 45-28-9 with 99 points, 3rd in the NHL Central. During the regular season, the Blues averaged 3 goals per game, 15th in the NHL. They averaged 31.8 shots on goal per game, which is 15th, and were 10th in the league with a power play conversion rate of 21.1 percent. Defensively, they allowed 2.7 goals per game, which is 5th in the league. They allowed 28.6 shots per game, which was 3rd lowest, and they were 9th in penalty killing with a percentage of 81.5. Ryan O’Reilly leads the team with 77 points on 29 goals and 49 assists, while Tarasenko had 68 points on 33 goals and 35 assists. Also, Brayden Schenn had 54 points with 17 goals and 37 assists while Perron had 46 points with 23 goals and 23 assists.
Binnington is expected to get the start in goal. He was 26-6-1 on the season with a goals against average of 2.01 per game. He had a save percentage of .922 with 5 shutouts.
Winnipeg gets first series win
The Winnipeg Jets lost the first two games of this series at home, which is never a good sign. But with their backs to the wall, they bounced back with a big-time performance to beat the Blues 6-3 in St. Louis. “It was good to get rewarded. Obviously 3-0’s a bad hole to get into. We stayed with the game plan, stayed with what we’ve done the whole series so far, and just got a little bit more rewarded,” said captain Blake Wheeler. The Blues erupted for three goals in the second period to take a 3-1 lead. Kevin Hayes, Patrik Laine, and Kyle Connor all scored. Then they got three more in the third to put it away. Brandon Tanney, Dustin Byfuglien, and Connor again scored in the third. Andrew Copp had 2 assists. Connor Hellebuyck had 26 saves for a save percentage of .897.
Kyle Connor scores twice as Jets beat 6-3 in Game 3. https://t.co/Wx8XfVCosz
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The Jets have no injuries to report. The Jets finished 2nd in the Central Division during the regular season with a record of 47-30-5 for 99 points. They average 3.3 goals per game, which is 7th in the NHL. They are 19th in shots on goal with 31.2 per game and they are 4th in power play conversions at 24.8 percent. Defensively, they 3 goals per game, which is 15th in the NHL, and 33.4 shots on goal, which is 27th. They are 23rd in penalty killing with a percentage of 79.1. Wheeler leads the team with 91 points on 20 goals and 71 assists, while Mark Scheifele had 84 points on 38 goals and 46 assists. Also, Connor had 66 points on 34 goals and 32 assists, while Hayes had 55 points on 19 goals and 36 assists.
Hellehuyck is expected to get the start in goal. He was 35-25-3 on the season with a goals against average of 2.91 per game. He had a save percentage of .912. with 2 shutouts.
- Blues are 6-1 in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- Blues are 5-1 in their last 6 Tuesday games.
- Blues are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. a team with a winning record.
- Blues are 14-3 in their last 17 home games.
- Blues are 13-3 in their last 16 games as a home favorite.
- Blues are 54-13 in their last 67 games as a home favorite of -201 or greater.
- Blues are 4-1 in their last 5 games as a favorite of -151 to -200.
- Blues are 4-1 in their last 5 overall.
- Jets are 5-11 in their last 16 Conference Quarterfinals games.
- Jets are 3-7 in their last 10 playoff games as an underdog.
- Jets are 3-7 in their last 10 overall.
- Jets are 20-49 in their last 69 games as an underdog of +151 to +200.
- Jets are 17-44 in their last 61 games as a road underdog of +151 to +200.
- Jets are 1-4 in their last 5 games as an underdog.
- Jets are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Central.
- Jets are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Take the Blues in Game 4. The home team has lost every game so far this season, but expect that streak to stop. The Blues will be ready for a desperate Jets team and look to go up 3-1 and deliver a serious blow to their playoff chances with a win Tuesday.
Prediction: St. Louis -145
Full-Game Total Pick
Take the over. This will be a tight game with the Jets coming out looking to score early and get a lead. But look for the the Blues to withstand the pressure and win it in the third period. The over-under is low in this one, so take the over. The over is 3-0-1 in Blues last 4 playoff games as a favorite. Also, the over is 4-0 in Jets last 4 playoff games as an underdog of +110 to +150 and 5-1 in their last 6 playoff games as an underdog.