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Game 41 Preview: Blues @ Avalanche

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After a 4-1 win against the Kings on Monday, the Avs (19-18-3) play host to the St. Louis Blues (23-14-5).

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Monday night against the Kings was a feel good win for the Avalanche. After a few games of trying, Jarome Iginla notched his 600th career goal in a 4-1 win for the Avs. While the goal was not the prettiest goal Iginla has scored in his 19 year career, it stands as a historic one. The win put the Avalanche back above .500 and just outside playoff position in the Central division as the mid point of the season hits. If the Avs were in the Pacific, they would be just one point shy of second place in the division, but alas they do not and the Avs sit in sixth spot in the central just outside the playoffs.

The Avs will get their chance to move up though, playing their next three games against teams above them in the Central. The Blues, Predators, and Blackhawks will be the opponents. The Avs swept a three game trip against these teams last month and quickly got themselves in the playoff conversation. We'll see if they can do the same thing at home this time and work themselves into one of those coveted playoff spots.

LINES

Martinsen-MacKinnon-Duchene

Landeskog-Soderberg-Comeau

Tanguay-Grigorenko-Iginla

McLeod-Mitchell-Skille

Beauchemin-Barrie

Gormley-Redmond

Holden-Guenin

Varlamov

Pickard

Scratches: Johnson (injured), Wagner, Bodnarchuk

NOTES

- The Avs claimed defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk from the Blue Jackets on Tuesday. The move seems to show that Erik Johnson may miss at least a couple games with a lower body injury.

- After seeing four power play goals Monday night, more power play goals could be in store Wednesday. The Avs sit third in the league in home power play percentage while the Blues own the league's best road power play.

Jarome Iginla became the 19th player in NHL history to score 600 goals Monday and the third to do so in an Avalanche uniform. Jari Kurri and Joe Sakic proceeded him. Kurri is next on the list to pass at 601 goals.

GAME INFO

Game time: 8pm MT

TV: ALT