With a game in hand, Blues coach Ken Hitchcock wants to know what it’s like to play a division rival in the final month of the season.
“We don’t know what’s going to happen with our team,” Hitchcock said.
The Blues are one of just five teams in the NHL to win 10 games in a row. “
If we’re going to be competitive, we need to be.”
The Blues are one of just five teams in the NHL to win 10 games in a row.
The last was the 2008-09 Vancouver Canucks, who won seven straight and are looking to build on that season with a trip to the Western Conference finals against the St. Louis Blues.
Bubbling for the puck The Blues scored the first goal of the game at 5:39 of the first period and they have yet to allow a goal in the second.
The Blues have won five of their last six games, including a 5-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday night.
Hitchcock said he’s not worried about their defense.
He said the Blues will try to make sure the puck goes in the net, even if it’s only a couple feet away.
With the Jets, the Blues have scored just nine goals in their last 15 games, but Hitchcock said he’ll look to improve that number in this series.
That’s especially important because the Blues’ top two lines of Vladimir Tarasenko and Mattias Backman combined for 21 goals last season.
Backman has scored two goals in the last two games.
Tasenko has five goals in his last nine games.
Back and Tarasky have combined for 19 goals in 21 games.
They have combined to score 41 points in the past four games.
Hitchcock said the best part of the Blues-Jets series is that it gives the Blues a chance to see their players perform at their best.
“(It) helps us in the playoffs,” Hitchcock told reporters.
“They have the same skill level and same character.
We want to see those guys compete every night and we’re happy to have a chance.”
Jets goalie Antti Raanta said he was impressed by the Blues.
“I think they’re very dangerous and they’ve got a lot of skill.
It’s going for a good start,” Raanta told reporters after practice Thursday.
“We’re going for it.”
“They’re a very physical team, but they’re a little bit of a puzzle,” he added.
“I think it’s going be tough for them.”
On Saturday, the Jets will host the Los Angeles Kings.
Hitchcock did not address the possibility of a second game on Sunday.