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Friday, October 18th (All times Eastern)

St. Louis Blues (5-1-0) at Winnipeg Jets (3-4-0), 8 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - A new resident in the Western Conference, the Winnipeg Jets will get a look at one of the best the circuit has to offer on Friday night when they resume their homestand against the St. Louis Blues.

After relocating from Atlanta to Winnipeg ahead of the 2011-12 campaign, the Jets found themselves switching conferences under realignment prior to the start of this season. They are 2-3-0 against teams from their new conference this season, including a 5-3 home win over Los Angeles back on Oct. 4.

Winnipeg, though, has lost four of five since and plays the fourth contest of a six-game homestand tonight looking to avoid a fourth straight setback to St. Louis. The clubs last met on Feb. 25, 2012, with the Blues picking up a 3-2 shootout win in their first trip to Winnipeg since the Jets relocated.

The Jets are 1-2-0 on their longest residency of the season, following up a 3-0 win over New Jersey on Sunday with a 3-0 setback at the hands of Montreal two nights later.

Ondrej Pavelec made 22 saves in the setback for Winnipeg, which has been held to a pair of goals or fewer in each of their four losses.

"This one was a tough game, a game certainly we didn't have much control over," Jets head coach Claude Noel said. "Right off the start, they were in our zone, pretty much from the faceoff on. We chased the puck in our zone."

Things didn't get better for Noel's club on Wednesday, when forward Evander Kane suffered a lower-body injury during practice and had to be helped off the ice. Noel did say the injury is not considered severe, leaving Kane day-to- day.

The 22-year-old forward is tied for the club lead with three goals and tops the Jets with 30 hits and 34 shots.

Winnipeg did recall 23-year-old center Patrice Cormier from the American Hockey League on Wednesday night. He has two points in 40 career NHL games after being selected in the second round of the 2008 draft by the Devils, who traded him to the then-Thrashers on Feb. 4, 2010 in a package that netted them Ilya Kovalchuk.

After winning the first four games of their season-opening homestand, the Blues lost a 6-2 decision to the visiting San Jose Sharks on Tuesday, but rebounded with a 3-2 victory over hosting Chicago last night.

T.J. Oshie had the only goal of the shootout and Jaroslav Halak made 27 saves through overtime before stopping all three shots he faced in the tiebreaker as the Blues bested the Blackhawks for the second time already this season.

"It's huge," Oshie said of beating the Blackhawks. "I think we played a good team game. We had a couple breakdowns, but I think for the full 65 minutes and into the shootout, I think as a team we played pretty solid."

Oshie assisted on a goal by Alex Steen for his 200th career point, while David Backes scored a goal in his 500th career game. Jay Bouwmeester added a pair of assists in St. Louis' first road game of the season.

Halak has started all six games for the Blues this season, posting a 2.26 goals against average and .919 save percentage. However, Brian Elliott is expected to get his first start of the campaign tonight.

Elliott, whose only appearance this season was a relief stint versus the Sharks in which he allowed two goals on 13 shots, is 4-2-1 with a 3.31 GAA and .886 save percentage in eight career meetings with the Jets franchise.

Pavelec is 1-1-1 with a 2.61 GAA and .929 save percentage in three games versus the Blues.

10/18 10:47:45 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
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
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
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
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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