First, we'll start in Minnesota where the hometown Wild decided to celebrate fifty years of pro hockey in the state by having the players take the warm-up ion the original 1967-esque Minnesota North Stars uniforms! what turned this from a nice gesture into something special, however, was Zach Parise taking warm-up in his North Stars jersey while wearing his dad's helmet and gloves that he wore with the North Stars!
Unfortunately, JP Parise passed away in January 2015 after succumbing to lung cancer, but his legacy will live on for generations for what he did for the sport in Minnesota. Zach's tribute to his late dad is definitely a highlight on this night, and I'll toss him a ton of kudos for honouring his father as he did tonight.
Tonight also was a bit of a nightmare for Jake Allen in the St. Louis Blues' net as they hosted the Winnipeg Jets. Allen has struggled at times this year, but it appeared he was finding his form under Mike Yeo once again. Well, one of Winnipeg's noted "snipers" made him pay with a little bad puck luck.
Stuart hadn't scored since January 13, 2017 when he added a goal in a 4-3 loss in Glendale to the Arizona Coyotes. Prior to that goal, Stuart hadn't found the back of the net since lighting the lamp on October 15, 2015 in Madison Square Garden in a 4-1 win against the Rangers. In fact, since the Jets moved from Atlanta to Winnipeg, Mark Stuart has scored 12 goals total for the Jets. Of those goals, nine have been on the road with Arizona and New Jersey being victimized twice. I'm not saying anything negative about Stuart or his goal-scoring prowess, but 75% of his goals come in rinks other than MTS Centre where he spends a ton of time.
That can't feel good for Jake Allen. The Jets, meanwhile, have put together a five-game winning streak when matters least, so they're doing an admirable job at moving down the draft board. We'll see if that streak continues when they waltz into Columbus on Thursday looking for their first six-game win streak since moving to Winnipeg from Atlanta.
Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!