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Avalanche to face St. Louis Blues in Round 2

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The St. Louis Blues easily eliminated the Minnesota Wild from the playoffs Thursday night, which means it’ll be the Colorado Avalanche vs. Blues for the second straight year. The Avs swept the Blues in a first-round series last year, but this will be a Round 2 matchup and the Blues figure to be a tougher opponent this time around.

When will the series start? As I write this, we still don’t know. But I’m hearing that it likely won’t be until Monday or Tuesday, at Ball Arena, with Tuesday the more probable date. There could be a bunch of Game 7s on Saturday, and the NHL doesn’t want to upstage any of those games with a Game 1 of a Round 2 series.

Let’s let the NHL schedule makers make the final announcement on the schedule, but that’s what I’m hearing.

The Avs did sweep the Blues last year in the first round, but this Blues team figures to be tougher. For one thing, they have one of the Avs’ top-six wingers from last year, Brandon Saad, on their side. For another, they have a suddenly hot goalie again in Jordan Binnington, and he won a Stanley Cup in 2019 for the Blues. David Perron, who never played in the first round last year because of Covid, is healthy and has been a tough player so far in the playoffs.

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The Blues do have some injury issues, though, which probably will show up more as a liability in this next series than it did against Minnesota. Torey Krug, one of the Blues’ best D-men, is out with a lower-body injury.

The Avs enter this series fully healthy.

It should be a great series.

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Yan Girard

It would be very interesting. Ryan O’Reilly will want take revenge compared to last year. O’Reilly has already his Stanley Cup and Blues will be the neglected. Then, nothing to lose for Ryan O’Reilly and the Blues. Avs are clearly the favorites. But the Avs should not be taken lightly because it could hurt.

Donald Victory

Agreed Sammy. Good luck in round two. Forget shooting, puck never gets through. Check when opportune, shock the world.

Yan Girard

Thank’s.

Luke Waggoner

I say Avs in 5-6. I think the Avs defense will nullify the Blues handily, and I don’t see the Blues D having any answer for waves of Avs forwards, with guys like Makar, Toews, Byram, Sammy G, and EJ behind them.

Plus, I’ll take DK over Binnington any day. I don’t think Binnington has looked particularly comfortable in net, the Wild offense just went completely anemic (except Kaprizov) as the series went along.

Donald Victory

Sammy G? No, JJ would be a much better defensive option.

dp10

The Blues seem like an uncomfortable opponent, but certainly not as imposing as the Golden Knights last year.

I think the Avs are more than ready and able to overcome their mental blockade that is the second but it will be interesting to see if the Blues will try to feed into that trauma.

Donald Victory

Jrod will need to be part of the overcoming if he can adopt. Verdict not good the last three post-seasons…

Matt Briggle

Bring em on! I think this could be an interesting series but it will depend on mostly on the mindset the Avs bring into it. I don’t see this being sweep. I am most interested in how the Avs will respond to some adversity in a series. Go back and listen to the interview MacK did on 32 thoughts before the season started and he talked a lot about that aspect of last year’s playoffs and how even after game 2 against Vegas they had some negative thoughts entering their mind. I don’t discount the physical element that they lacked… Read more »

Donald Victory

MacSulkie needs to step it up, be the bull in the China shop. If not, kiss another season goodbye!

Bob Neal

It will be interesting to see which Binnington shows up. He can be awfully good or not so much ….

Brian Levesque

I wonder if ROR will have as much fun this year as he did last year

dk

Phase 1: Get under Baby Binnsie’s skin.
Phase 2: ?
Phase 3: Profit!

Ted Grycel

The AV’s need to show up in each game. They have the talent to beat anyone in a 7 game series, but mentally especially they need to be sharp. The Blues can capitalize on turnovers if they don’t stay sharp for 60 minutes a game. The AV’s have more than one good line this year, which they hadn’t in the past couple years. I think their depth is better than any other team, 3 good lines with even a 4th line that can play. Vegas had a great 3rd line last year that the AV’s didn’t and ultimately showed because… Read more »

Karl Keen

Time to scare away our 2nd round ghosts. Time to be men among boys. Time to shine!

Last edited 12 days ago by Karl Keen
Bob Neal

I sure would like to see that occur.

Richard Trujillo

I am worried about O’Reilly. He is a special player that can turn a series.

However I think if the Avs stay out of the box and stay healthy they are just too much for the Blues.

dk

I’ll see your O’Reilly and raise you a Makar.

Eric

Not a sweep this time. The Blues might be a better team than last year but so does the Avalanche. Avs in 5.

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