A couple of streaks were broken when the St. Louis Blues beat the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday afternoon. The Blues won their first game in their last four while handing the Avalanche their first loss since April 7th.
After splitting the first two games in the series, the Avalanche will look to get back in the win column before heading to Vegas for a game with the Golden Knights on Wednesday.
With a win and a Vegas loss tonight, the Avalanche would leave St. Louis only two points back of the lead in the West Division.
The Avs played well on Saturday, unfortunately, goaltending made a difference. After being spotted a quick 2-0 lead, Devan Dubnyk did not do enough to help the Avalanche win the game - despite them badly outplaying in the Blues at 5v5.
Cale Makar and Nathan MacKinnon led the way with three points each as the Avs best players did what they needed to do. Tonight we’ll need to see more than 20 saves if the team hopes to leave St. Louis with a series win.
After getting hurt on Saturday, Brandon Saad will be out of the lineup for 2-4 weeks. Martin Kaut has been moved up into the top-9 to take his place.
Gabriel Landeskog - Nathan MacKinnon - Andre Burakovsky
Carl Soderberg - Tyson Jost- Val Nichushkin
Martin Kaut - Nazem Jadri - JT. Compher
Liam O’Brien - Pierre Edouard Bellemare - Kiefer Sherwood
Samuel Girard - Devon Toews
Ryan Graves - Cale Makar
Patrick Nemeth - Conor Timmins
St. Louis Blues
Ryan O’Reilly was absolutely dominant against the Avalanche in their last game. He single-handedly put the team on his back, scoring a hat trick while adding an assist.Ivan Barbashev and Mike Hoffman scored the other two goals for St. Louis as they were able to score their way out of the 2-0 hole they found themselves in early.
Another win tonight will be huge as the Blues as it could pull them into the final playoff spot in the West Division.
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
Torey Krug - Justin Faulk
Marco Scandella - Vince Dunn
Jake Walman - Colton Parayko
After a less than stellar performance from Dubnyk on Saturday, we should expect Jonas Johansson to get the call tonight. JoJo comes into the game with a .929 sv% in five appearances with the Avalanche.
Jordan Binnington will get his third straight start for the Blues. After a rocky first period Saturday, he settled in, stopping 28 of the last 29 shots he faced.