One of the most lopsided rivalries over the past few years, Winnipeg has dominated St. Louis in the Central Division. The Blues used to be up-and-coming contenders, similar to the Jets a couple of years ago. Unlike Winnipeg, St. Louis never lived up to their promise as NHL betting favorites, faltering when winning mattered most.
Last season, the Jets were close to appearing in the Stanley Cup finals for the first time, but they ran into historical greatness when the Golden Knights won the western conference finals in five games. St. Louis made the conference finals in 2016, but weren’t able to make the leap to the next level. Now, the Blues struggle at the bottom of the Central while the Jets fight for the conference crown once again.
Even worse, St. Louis deals with a lineup devasted by injury. Jaden Schwartz, Alex Pietrangelo and Alex Steen won’t suit up, depriving the Blues of some of their most important contributors. Winnipeg’s walking wounded too, without Dustin Byfuglien, Josh Morrisey and Dmitry Kulikov, but the Jets depth at every position allows the club to employ a “next-man-up” mentality without skipping a beat, including defense.
Patrik Laine, Mark Scheifele, Blake Wheeler and the Jets outstanding top six forwards are healthy and firing on all cylinders. As such, there’s little chance that the Blues will be able to keep up with the Jets.