Game Report: Jets 3, Blues 0

The Blues’ bid for a playoff spot is getting very tenuous at best.

They were shut out by the Jets on Friday night in Winnipeg, their fifth consecutive loss, and once again the biggest problem was a lack of offense.

In their current losing streak, the Blues have scored a combined six goals and have not scored more than two in any one game.

The Blues have been stuck on 67 points since their last win on Feb. 16, and now find themselves one point behind Los Angeles for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

They trail the Nashville Predators by six points in the race for third in the Central Division, the last guaranteed playoff spot in the division. Calgary is in the first wild card position with 72 points, and the Blues also need to worry about the Jets, who now trail them by only three points after Friday night’s win.

The Blues have 19 games left in the regular season.

A power-play goal by Blake Wheeler at 10:51 of the first period gave the Jets the only goal they would need. It was the only goal allowed by Carter Hutton, who stopped 37 of 38 shots before he was pulling in the closing minutes of the third period.

Wheeler’s goal came after Jori Lehtera was called for hooking at 9:45 of the period.

After Hutton was pulled in favor of an extra attacker, the Jets added to their lead, getting a pair of empty-net goals. Bryan Little scored with 2:16 to play and Wheeler added his second goal of the game with 1:09 left.

The Blues had 29 shots on goal and were 0-for-3 on the power play.

Of note: Zach Sanford, the prospect acquired from the Capitals in the Kevin Shattenkirk trade, made his St. Louis debut. He did not have a shot on goal in 13:20 of ice time …. Defenseman Jordan Schmartz, recalled from Chicago of the AHL after the trade, was a healthy scratch … Dmitrij Jaskin did not play because of a sore ankle.

Looking ahead:
The Blues stay on the road for their next two games, starting with a game Sunday in Colorado against the Avalanche.