Last game before the All-Star break. For the Colorado Avalanche, can’t hold anything back.
Two days after a tough loss to the lowly Anaheim Ducks, the Avalanche will take on the St. Louis Blues. It’s the final game for the Avalanche before their bye week, that leads into the All-Star break. Mikko Rantanen led the way with two goals against the Ducks, and Matt Nieto made his season debut with the Avalanche after being acquired from San Jose.
There’s a chance the Avalanche will be able to play with 12 natural forwards. Valeri Nichushkin, who missed Thursday’s game with an upper body injury, is listed as questionable. The Avalanche are 15-3-2 when Nichushkin is in the lineup.
The playoff hopes for the Blues are slipping away, and they may be sellers at the trade deadline at this rate. They currently sit eight points out of a playoff spot. They will be without forwards Ryan O’Reilly and Pavel Buchnevich due to injury.
This will be the third meeting between the two teams this season.
Expected Colorado Avalanche Lines
Artturi Lehkonen – Nathan MacKinnon – Mikko Rantanen
Matt Nieto – J.T. Compher – Denis Malgin
Evan Rodrigues – Alex Newhook – Logan O’Connor
Kurtis MacDermid – Ben Meyers – Andrew Cogliano
Devon Toews – Cale Makar
Samuel Girard – Erik Johnson
Andreas Englund – Brad Hunt
Expected St. Louis Blues Lines, per PuckPedia.com
Brandon Saad – Robert Thomas – Jordan Kyrou
Ivan Barbashev – Brayden Schenn – Vladimir Tarasenko
Jake Neighbours – Logan Brown – Josh Leivo
Alexei Toropchenko – Noel Accairi – Tyler Pitlick
Nick Leddy – Colton Parayko
Torey Krug – Justin Faulk
Niko Mikkola – Calle Rosen
Colorado Avalanche Power Play: 24.8%, 7th in NHL
Colorado Avalanche Penalty Kill: 77.2%, 18th in NHL
St. Louis Blues Power Play: 22.1%, 15th in NHL
St. Louis Blues Penalty Kill: 74.6%, 25th in NHL
How to Watch
TV: ESPN+, HULU
Radio: 92.5 FM Altitude Sports Radio
Game Time: 1:00 PM MST