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Jets eye rebound effort against Blues

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Winnipeg Jets will try to rebound from only their third loss under Paul Maurice when they visit the St. Louis Blues for Saturday's afternoon battle at Scottrade Center.

The Jets went 9-2-0 in their first 11 games after Maurice replaced the fired Claude Noel as head coach, but Winnipeg faltered in its last outing and lost a 4-2 road decision to the Washington Capitals.

Maurice's club carried a 2-1 lead into the third period of Thursday's game in D.C., but the Caps scored three unanswered goals over the final 20 minutes to take the contest.

"We'll leave this game entirely here. We're not bringing any of it on the plane. We will look at the things structurally that are part of every game, not just specific to the Washington game, and keep trying to get better," said Maurice.

Bryan Little and Dustin Byfuglien had one goal apiece for the Jets, who had a three-game winning streak snapped. Ondrej Pavelec allowed all four goals on 30 shots in the setback.

Saturday marks the final day of NHL action before the league goes on hiatus for the Olympic break and Winnipeg hopes to use its last game prior to the Sochi Games to improve its playoff chances. Thanks in large part to the team's resurgence under Maurice, the Jets enter Saturday only three points out of the last postseason spot in the West.

The Jets are 14-15-1 as the visiting team this season and are completing a four-game road trip on Saturday. Winnipeg's next game is scheduled for Feb. 27 against the visiting Phoenix Coyotes.

While Winnipeg is trying to work its way into the Western Conference playoff picture, the Blues are busy chasing down Chicago for first place in the Central Division. With 82 points, St. Louis is trailing the defending Stanley Cup champions by two points for the division lead but the Blues have four games in hand over the Blackhawks.

The Blues have posted a 5-1-1 record over their last seven games. The club's last three outings have gone past regulation, including Thursday's overtime win against visiting Boston.

St. Louis carried a 2-0 lead over the Bruins into the third period before letting Boston tie it with goals from David Krejci and Brad Marchand. However, T.J. Oshie was able to deliver the game-winner for the Blues at 3:29 of overtime when he prevented Boston's clearing attempt behind the net and jammed the puck past Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask.

Jaden Schwartz had a goal and an assist for the Blues, who bounced back from a 5-4 shootout loss to the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday. Alexander Steen also lit the lamp, while Jaroslav Halak stopped 36-of-38 shots for the win.

"Our most competitive player tonight was the goalie," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said of Halak. "The goalie was outstanding, and he helped us a lot."

The Blues played Thursday without forward Vladimir Tarasenko, who is battling flu-like symptoms and is questionable for Saturday.

St. Louis boasts a superb 21-5-3 record this season at the Scottrade Center and the club is completing a four-game homestand on Saturday afternoon. The Blues will emerge from the Olympic break by playing three straight and six of seven on the road.

The Blues next game is scheduled for Feb. 26 in Anaheim.

St. Louis is 2-0-1 against the Jets in 2013-14 and has taken five of the past six meetings versus the Atlanta/Winnipeg franchise. The Blues are 5-1-1 in seven all-time home matchups in this series.

02/08 08:17:37 ET

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p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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