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Colorado Avalanche Game Day: Back in action

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The Avalanche have to fill some big holes in their lineup

NHL: Colorado Avalanche at St. Louis Blues Jeff Le-USA TODAY Sports

After being shut down for the second time this season, the Colorado Avalanche will be back in action tonight - pending negative COVID tests - to take on the St. Louis
Blues as the start of a four game road trip.

After a 4-1 victory by St. Louis in the season opener, the Avalanche have won the last four matchups against the Blues. Though the two teams are separated by 20 points in the standings, this series counts for a lot as we could see Colorado and St. Louis face off in the first round of the playoffs.

Colorado Avalanche

With a number of positive tests, the Avalanche found themselves shut down for COVID protocol after their game in St. Louis last Wednesday. Tonight, the team hopes that rust will not be as factor as they look for their fifth win in a row.

It won’t just be rust that the Avalanche have to overcome as Philipp Grubauer, Joonas Donskoi and Bo Byram had all tested positive for COVID over the last few weeks while Mikko Rantanen away from the team due to the positive test of a close contact. Byram was removed Monday but the other three all remain on the NHL’s COVID protocol list and will be out of the lineup for the foreseeable future.

Tonight’s Avs lineup looks a lot different than ones were used to.

The following transactions were made yesterday:

Called up on emergency loan: Jonas Johansson, Kiefer Sherwood, Conor Timmins,

Called up to the taxi squad: Adam Werner, Miikkaa Salomäki, Keaton Middleton, Martin Kaut

Projected Lineup

Gabriel Landeskog - Nathan MacKinnon - Andre Burakovsky

Carl Soderberg - Nazem Kadri - J.T. Compher

Brandon Saad - Tyson Jost - Val Nichushkin

Liam O’Brien - Pierre Edouard Bellemare - Martin Kaut

Samuel Girard - Devon Toews

Ryan Graves - Cale Makar

Patrick Nemeth - Conor Timmins

St. Louis Blues

The Blues come into this game having lost two in a row and nine of their last 11 games. They currently sit one point out of a playoff spot in the West with a couple games in hand.

A big reason why the Blues have been struggling is a lack of goal scoring recently. After starting the season as one of the highest scoring teams in the league, the Blues have cooled off in a big way and are no longer able to outscore their deficiencies on the blue line and between the pipes.

FORWARDS

Samuel Blais - Ryan O’Reilly - David Perron

Jaden Schwartz - Brayden Schenn - Vladmir Tarasenko

Zach Sanford - Tyler Bozak - Robert Thomas

Kyle Clifford - Ivan Barbashev - Jordan Kyrou

DEFENDERS

Torey Krug - Justin Faulk

Marco Scandella - Vince Dunn

Jake Walman - Colton Parayko

Goaltending

With Philipp Grubauer out for at least another week, the Avalanche will be forced to rely on Devan Dubnky and Jonas Johansson for the time being. We don’t know which one will start tonight but it is likely that they will split the next two game set in St. Louis.

For the Blues, we are likely to see Jordan Binnington. He comes into the game with a .908 sv%. On the season, Binnington’s numbers are much worse against the Avalanche than they are any other team he’s faced (1-3/3.34GAA/.898sv%).