Welcome back to another day of NHL Predictions. Each day, Last Word on Hockey takes a look at the games that are happening and gives our predictions for each one, breaking down head-to-head and other factors that may play in. We also have a featured game of the day, which is considered must-watch TV. Today’s featured game is between the St. Louis Blues and the Winnipeg Jets. Be sure to check out other NHL Predictions in the coming days.
St Louis Blues vs Winnipeg Jets
Head-to-Head: Blues 0-2 Jets
There’s only one game, so our featured game is a pretty easy choice. It’s a Central Division battle between the Blues and the Jets. Winnipeg has won the first two games of the season. The Jets collected 4-0 and 5-2 victories over the Blues in the first two meetings of the season. Both teams meet each other one more time on March 19.
St. Louis will likely go with Jordan Binnington in goal. He’ll try to shake off a shaky performance on Saturday against the Colorado Avalanche. The Blues have lost four straight games as they try to figure out if they’ll buy or sell at the trade deadline. St. Louis is 20th in goals for and 26th in goals against. They also struggle on special teams at 16th in power plays and 23rd on the penalty kill. Jordan Kyrou is tops in goals with 23 while Robert Thomas leads in assists with 31.
Connor Hellebuyck will likely draw the start in net for the Jets. Winnipeg has lost three straight games and offence has been a problem in those setbacks. The Jets have only mustered three goals in those three matchups. Despite this, Winnipeg is 11th in goals for and eighth in goals allowed. The Jets have the third-best penalty kill in the league at 83.8 percent. Mark Scheifele is one goal away from reaching the 30-goal mark while Josh Morrissey has 43 assists.
The Jets are looking to stay in touch with the Dallas Stars for the Central Division lead. Winnipeg wants to shake its losing streak, but St. Louis is a tough team to figure out. The Blues can put together some good games, but they are very inconsistent. Winnipeg should rebound and find some offence in this one.
Prediction: Jets win 4-2.
Be sure to check out NHL Predictions in the upcoming days as we head toward the All-Star Break.