Conference III Championship Belt Tale Of The Tape: Winnipeg at St. Louis, 8 February 2014

by J.R.

This afternoon, St. Louis defends the Conference III Championship Belt one last time before the Olympics as Winnipeg comes to town.

The Challenger: Winnipeg!

The Challenger: Winnipeg!

The Champion: St. Louis!

The Champion: St. Louis!

The Belt!

The Belt!

Tale of the Tape:

Winnipeg Jets St. Louis Blues
28-26-5 Record 38-12-6
7-3-0 Last 10 6-3-1
Paul “The Joker” Maurice Coach Ken “The Sansabelt Samurai” Hitchcock
165 Goals For 192
171 Goals Against 132
Bryan “Little Big Man” Little (47) Points Leader Alexander “The Above Average” Steen and T.J. “Cooker” Oshie (46)
Blake “Wheels of Steel” Wheeler (22) Goals Leader Steen (28)
Ondrej “The Kladno Killer” Pavalec Goaltender Brian “The Brain” Elliott
None (yet) Threero None (yet)
Jacob “True Patriot” Trouba Rookie To Watch Dmitrj “Double J” Jaskin
6’2″ Average Height 6’1″
209 Average Weight 206
1 Title Belts Won 2
1-2 as Challenger, 0-1 as Champion Record In Belt Matches 5-1 as Champion, 2-0 as Challenger

This isn’t the first time Chris Jericho has made an appearance on this blog by the way.

In any event, Winnipeg is the only team that’s defeated St. Louis in a Belt match, beating the Blues in a shootout Oct. 18. The Jets dropped the Belt in their very next game two days later to Nashville. St. Louis has held the Belt for a record 42 days now with three successful defenses. The winner of tonight’s game, of course, gets a nice long run with the strap given the Olympic break

Nashville is the No. 1 contender for the Belt in any case. If the Blues retain, the Preds get their chance March 6 in Nashville. If the Jets win, they’ll go to Nashville to defend the title March 1.

Puck drops today at 1.

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