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The St. Louis Blues host the Winnipeg Jets in game 6 of their first round match up in the NHL Western Conference playoff series. The Blues hold a 3-2 series lead and have a chance to close it out Saturday. Game time is 7:00 p.m. ET at Enterprise Center. Jordan Binnington is expected to get the start in goal for St. Louis, while Connor Hellebuyck is the probable goalie for Winnipeg.
Winnipeg loses game 5 at home
This has been a weird series. The home team has not won a game this series. St. Louis won the first 2 in Winnipeg, Winnipeg won their next 2 in St. Louis, and then St. Louis won the next game in Winnipeg to go up 3-2. So, logic would dictate that Winnipeg will lose tonight in St. Louis to force a game 7. We’ll see, They are coming off a stunning loss Thursday at home. The Blues scored 3 goals in the third period to win 3-2. Jaden Schwartz scored the game-winner with 15 seconds, deflecting a pass from Tyler Bozak. “Lucky pinballs,” Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck said. “The puck just bounced and ended up right on their tape. Tough to eat that one, but I thought we were the better team. If we keep fighting here, it’s not over.”
Nikolaj Ehlers is questionable for the Jets.
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 score huge comeback
This Blues are looking to buck the trends in this series by actually winning a home game. They definitely have some momentum after that thrilling 3-2 win. Jaden Schwartz scored the game-winner with 15 seconds left off a pass from Tyler Bozak. “That was a great moment. It was just huge for our team and hopefully we can use that momentum and bring it into next game,” said Blues goalie Jordan Binnington, who had 29 saves and a .935 save percentage. Brayden Schenn and Ryan O’Reilly also had goals for St. Blues.
The Jets had a 2-0 lead to start the third period.
The Blues just scored the game-winner with 15 seconds remaining…
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Robert Bortuzzo and Oskar Sundqvist are questionable, while Sammy Blais is out indefinitely.
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.
- Blues are 4-0 in their last 4 Saturday games.
- 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 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Blues are 57-15 in their last 72 games as a favorite of -201 or greater.
- Blues are 14-4 in their last 18 home games.
- Blues are 17-5 in their last 22 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Blues are 13-4 in their last 17 games as a home favorite.
- Jets are 16-35 in their last 51 games as an underdog of +201 or greater.
- 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 2-5 in their last 7 vs. Central.
- Jets are 17-44 in their last 61 games as a road underdog of +151 to +200.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Take the Blues at home. Yes, at home. Home has been a dirty word in this series so far, but the Blues will finally win one in their own building. They are one win away from advancing and will find a way to move on, despite the fact that a home team has not won a game so far in this series.
Prediction: St, Louis -122
Full-Game Total Pick
Take the under. This is a closeout game for St. Louis, so look for the Jets to throw everything at St. Louis. The goalies and defenses have dominated this series and will continue to do so. The under is 6-2 in Blues last 8 games as a home favorite of -151 to -200 and 6-2 in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. Also, the under is 5-2 in Jets last 7 vs. a team with a winning record and 5-2 in Jets last 7 Conference Quarterfinals games.