A pair of teams that are squarely in the playoff picture, the St. Louis Blues and the Winnipeg Jets take the ice at Bell MTS Place in a divisional showdown. The action will get underway at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, February 9, and you’ll be able to view it live on Fox Sports Midwest.
St. Louis Blues at Winnipeg Jets Odds
St. Louis is 33-23 straight up (SU) and has earned 2.1 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 56 regular season contests, 34 of its games have gone under the total, while 21 have gone over and none have pushed. As the away team this season, the Blue Notes are 14-12 SU.
St. Louis has converted on just 16.4 percent of its power play chances this season, a mark that places them in the bottom-10 overall among NHL teams. Its penalty kill is ranked 14th overall, and the team’s successfully killed off 81.5 percent of its penalties.
For the team as a whole, St. Louis has been penalized just 3.5 times per game overall during the 2017-18 season, 3.6 per game over its past five contests total, and 3.2 per game over its last five road outings. The team’s had to kill penalties just 8.3 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Sporting a .909 save percentage and 25.8 saves per game, Jake Allen (18-20-2) has been the top option in goal for St. Louis this year. If it chooses to rest him, however, the team might turn to Carter Hutton (16-9-1 record, .944 save percentage, 1.70 goals against average).
Brayden Schenn and Vladimir Tarasenko will both lead the way for the visiting Blues. Schenn has 53 points via 23 goals and 30 assists, and has recorded two or more points in 12 different games. Tarasenko has 21 goals and 26 assists to his name (and has notched a point in 31 games).
Winnipeg is 32-22 straight up (SU) and has netted 9.0 units for moneyline bettors this season. Through 54 regular season matches, 26 of its games have gone over the total, while another 26 have gone under and just two have pushed. It’s 20-5 SU at home this season.
Winnipeg enters the matchup with the third-strongest power-play unit in the NHL, as the team has found the net on 24.2 percent of its extra-man opportunities this year. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 12th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 82.2 percent of all opponent power plays.
Winnipeg players have been penalized 3.9 times per game in total this season, and 2.6 per game over their last five home outings. The team’s had to stave off opponent power plays just 6.6 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Connor Hellebuyck has denied 27.8 shots per game as the top option in goal for Winnipeg. Hellebuyck has 28 wins, 16 losses, and eight overtime losses to his credit and has recorded a 2.32 goals against average and a .924 save percentage this season.
Blake Wheeler (14 goals, 44 assists) will pace the attack for the Jets.
The under has hit in three of Winnipeg’s last five outings.
Power plays and penalty kills may play a key role in tonight’s game. The Blues are 16-7 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 23-15 when they serve fewer than 10 total penalty minutes. The Jets are 15-7 when the team serves fewer penalty minutes than the opposition and 20-14 in games where total penalty minutes are in the single digits.
Two of Winnipeg’s last ten games have been decided by a shootout. The team is 1-1 in those games and 2-2 overall in shootouts this year.
Winnipeg has created 6.4 takeaways per game over its last five home games, a slight drop from its season average of 6.9 takeaways per game (ranked 19th in the NHL).
St. Louis is ranked 11th in the league this season with 8.0 takeaways per game. That figure has trended upward, as the team has averaged 8.5 takeaways over its last 10 games and 10.8 takeaways over its last five.