Jets Make a Series After Looking Like Early Exit
The Winnipeg Jets and St. Louis Blues will reconvene this Tuesday in St. Louis. They will continue their best-of-seven series in the NHL Playoffs. There’s a lot riding on Tuesday’s game. A Blues victory would push Winnipeg to the brink of elimination. A Winnipeg win would even the series and reestablish the Jets’ home ice advantage.
The First-Round matchup between these teams is proving to be a fine one already. We’ve seen everything from highlight-reel goals to otherworldly saves to downright insane physical play. With so much on the line, Game 4 is sure to entertain fans.
Prior to Game 3, there were serious concerns about the Winnipeg Jets’ netminder Connor Hellebuyck. While he let in six goals in two games, several could be considered must-save shots. Game 3’s performance wasn’t perfect, Hellebuyck made some key saves to allow his team to build some momentum. They were able to capture a win on the road.
St. Louis will look to get back to their defensive-minded ways in Game 4. They executed their plan perfectly in Games 1 and 2. After allowing six goals on Sunday, they’ll look to tighten up their play in their own end of the ice. Teams winning Game 4 to build a 3-1 series lead, which the Blues will attempt to do Tuesday, win the series 90.1 percent of the time.
This, That, and a Dart Throw
Winnipeg remains in a dangerous spot. A loss Tuesday gives the Blues a 3-1 advantage, and St. Louis will be anxious to more closely resemble the team that roared from the NHL cellar to a playoff spot with a torrid second half. Rookie goaltender Jordan Binnington allowed more than four goals for the first time in his NHL career. Two assists from defenseman Alex Pietrangelo and forward Vladimir Tarasenko’s first goal of the series were not enough.
Binnington started strong, making 13 saves in the first period. The rest of the game was the issue as he surrendered six goals on 16 shots afterwards. Forward David Perron, who netted his second goal of the series, and Tarasenko both scored on the power play Sunday. The Blues finished 2-for-5 with the man advantage after opening the series 0-for-7. Pietrangelo has at least one assist in each game and four assists in the series.
Jets forward Patrik Laine scored for the third consecutive game, giving him nine goals in seven games against the Blues this season. Hellebuyck rebounded from a substandard performance in Game 2, stopping 26 of the 29 shots he faced. He was able to keep the Jets in the game after allowing a late first-period goal. Defenseman Dustin Byfuglien finished with a goal and an assist, giving him five points in the series. Including the regular season, the Jets are 3-0-0 in St. Louis and have outscored the Blues 19-8.
The Dart Throw: Jets 5, Blues 2
NHL Playoffs Trends
St. Louis Blues Trends
- Trend Under is 5-1 in Blues last 6 games as a home underdog of +201 or greater. Hit % 83.30% (6) O/U 1|5 Push 0 W/L
- Under is 4-1 in Blues last 5 playoff games as an underdog of +110 to +150. 80.00% (5) 1|4 0
- Under is 5-2 in Blues last 7 games as a home favorite of -151 to -200. 71.40% (7) 2|5 0
- Under is 3-1-2 in Blues last 6 playoff games as a favorite of -151 to -200. 75.00% (6) 1|3 2
Winnipeg Jets Trends
- Trend Over is 4-0 in Jets last 4 playoff games as an underdog of +110 to +150. Hit % 100.00% (4) O/U 1|4 Push 0 W/L
- Over is 19-9 in Jets last 28 games as a road underdog of +201 or greater. 67.90% (28) 19|9 0
- Under is 3-1-1 in Jets last 5 playoff games as a favorite of -110 to -150. 75.00% (5) 1|3 1
- Under is 4-0 in Jets last 4 playoff games as a favorite of -151 to -200. 100.00% (4) 0|4 0
- Trend Jets are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in St. Louis. Hit % 100.00% (4) O/U Push 0 W/L 4|0
- Jets are 12-5 in the last 17 meetings. 70.60% (17) 0 12|5
- Road team is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings. 0.00% (5) 0 0|5
- Underdog is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings. 0.00% (4) 0 0|4
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