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5:00 PM PT6:00 PM MT7:00 PM CT8:00 PM ET1:00 GMT9:00 6:00 PM MST8:00 PM EST5:00 UAE (+1)20:00 ETNaN:� BRT, February 9, 2018
Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, Manitoba  Attendance: 15,321

Jets host Blues with Scheifele back in fold

St. Louis Blues at Winnipeg Jets

  1. The Jets shut out the Blues, 4-0, when they last faced St. Louis on December 17 earlier this season in Winnipeg, their second consecutive home shutout of St. Louis. Winnipeg has won its last three home games versus the Blues, outscoring St. Louis, 12-3, over the three games (7-0 over the last two).
  2. The Blues won, 6-1, at home versus the Avalanche on Thursday, matching their largest margin of victory this season in the win (also November 21 versus Edmonton and December 9 at Detroit). St. Louis scored four goals in the second period, tied for its most in any period this season (also the third period versus Edmonton on November 21).
  3. The Jets beat the Coyotes, 4-3, at home on Tuesday, their 10th consecutive home game earning at least one point, the second-longest active streak in the NHL (Minnesota -- 11 straight). Winnipeg is now 20-3-2 (.840) at home this season, the best home win (points) percentage in the NHL.
  4. Brayden Schenn scored two goals on Thursday, one of which was a power-play goal. Schenn now has 35 power-play goals since 2015-16, tied with Evgeni Malkin for the most among centers.
  5. Dmitry Kulikov lit the lamp on Tuesday, his third goal this season after totaling three goals in the previous two seasons combined. The goal proved to be the game winner, his first game-winning goal since December 17, 2015 at New Jersey.
  6. Dustin Byfuglien had one goal and one assist on Tuesday, his first game this season with one of each. Byfuglien now has four multi-point games this season, all of which have come at home.

WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Mark Scheifele is glad the Winnipeg Jets have a lot of depth but he'd much prefer to be playing.

After six long weeks, the 24-year-old will finally get his wish Friday night at Bell MTS Place when the Jets host the St. Louis Blues. It will be his first time in the lineup since injuring his shoulder against the Edmonton Oilers on Dec. 27.

On his flanks will be wingers Blake Wheeler -- who filled in at center on the top line in his absence -- and sniper Patrik Laine.

"It was awesome to be back and get in some game-like reps," Scheifele told The Winnipeg Free Press. "Obviously, being with Wheels feels really good. You can practice as much as you want, but nothing's like a real game."

Scheifele had 38 points, including 15 goals, in 38 games prior to falling awkwardly into the boards against the Oilers.

When told his charges were 11-2-3 in Scheifele's absence, coach Paul Maurice quipped in his Thursday media briefing, "Yep, we're trading him."

While the Jets are happy to welcome back their No. 1 center, the beds are quickly filling up in sick bay.

Goaltender Michael Hutchinson was diagnosed with a concussion Wednesday after taking a deflected shot in the mask during Tuesday's game-day skate. He joins fellow goalie Steve Mason, who is also out with a concussion, as well as forwards Matt Hendricks, Adam Lowry, Brandon Tanev and Shawn Matthias, and defenseman Jacob Trouba. Eric Comrie has been recalled from the Manitoba Moose to back up Connor Hellebuyck in the Jets net.

The Blues come to town on the heels of a 6-1 vicotry at home over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night. Centre Brayden Schenn set the tone by fighting Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog right off the opening face-off.

"I thought we'd been a little bit flat at home lately," Schenn told a media scrum afterwards. "You can try and start different ways, try to be physical early or offensive early. I don't do it often but it's part of the game and it's good to get one every once in a while."

Despite going 7-3-0 in their last 10 games, the Blues have failed to gain a point on the Jets and remain in third place in the Central Division with 69 points in 56 games. The Jets have 73 points in 54 games and are tied for first with Nashville, which has two games in hand.

The Blues' challenge will be to knock off the NHL's best home team as the Jets are 20-3-2 at Bell MTS Place and have gone nearly two months since their last regulation loss there. Two of those losses were in October.

In addition to bumping Wheeler back to his usual spot on right wing, Scheifele's return will trigger at least one more change to Maurice's lineup card. Rookie Jack Roslovic was dropped from the top line down to the fourth in practice Thursday, where he skated with Nic Petan and Marko Dano, a trio that could easily be the fastest and most skilled fourth line in the NHL.

Updated February 9, 2018

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