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NHL Preview: Colorado Avalanche (29-19-5) at St. Louis Blues (26-25-3)

COLORADO AVAANCHE NOTES:

UPCOMING GAMES
Date Opponent Time (MT) TV Radio
Sat, Feb. 18 at St. Louis Noon Altitude / NHLN 92.5 FM
Sun, Feb. 19 EDMONTON 1 p.m. ESPN+, HULU / SNet 92.5 FM
Fri, Feb. 24 at Winnipeg 6 p.m. Altitude 92.5 FM
Sat, Feb. 25 CALGARY 8 p.m. Altitude, CBC 950 AM
Mon, Feb. 27 VEGAS 7 p.m. Altitude 92.5 FM

TODAY’S GAME
COLORADO @ ST. LOUIS
12:08 p.m. MT / 1:08 p.m. CT
Altitude, NHL Network / 92.5 FM
The Colorado Avalanche takes on the St. Louis Blues in a Saturday afternoon matchup at Enterprise Center … Today is the first half of a back-to-back for the Avs, who will return home to host Edmonton tomorrow afternoon at Ball Arena … This weekend marks the second of what is three consecutive sets of back-to-back games for the Avs … All three back-to-backs will require travel in between (either home/road or road/home) and all three opponents on the second half of the back-to-back will be waiting for the Avs … Colorado is 9-2-2 in its last 13 games and 5-1-1 in its last seven on the road.

ON THE CALL
Altitude TV: Marc Moser (play-by-play), Mark Rycroft (analyst), Katie Gaus (reporter)
Altitude Radio: Conor McGahey

LAST GAME
Feb. 15 – Colorado 3, Minnesota 2 at Xcel Energy Center
Alexandar Georgiev made 41 saves and Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and an assist to give the Colorado Avalanche a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center … Andrew Cogliano and Denis Malgin also scored for the Avs and Devon Toews added two assists.
SF: 19 SA: 43 PP: 0-1 PK: 1-2
The 8:52 p.m. puck drop was the latest recorded start time in Avalanche history (regular season or playoffs) The Avalanche improved to 9-2-2 in their last 13 games The Avs won both games in Minnesota this year and are 10-4-1 against their own division in 2022-23 Colorado is 5-1-1 in its last seven road contests MacKinnon recorded his third straight multi-point effort (4g/3a) MacKinnon’s goal was his 48th career game-winning tally to pass Michel Goulet (47) for third most in franchise history Artturi Lehkonen picked up his 20th assist of season, tying his career high set in 2018-19 Georgiev started both games of a back-to-back for the second time this season (also Nov. 4-5 in Finland against Columbus) … He is 2-0 with a 1.50 GAA and .960 Sv% in the second game of those back to backs … Georgiev is 6-1-1 in his last eight appearances overall Josh Manson had an assist and a game-high four hits and five blocked shots in his first appearance since Dec. 1

CURRENT INJURIES
Pavel Francouz – lower body (Feb. 14 – present)
Darren Helm – lower body (Jan. 14 – present)
Erik Johnson – lower body (Feb. 14 – present)
Gabriel Landeskog – lower body (Oct. 12 – present)
Cale Makar – head (Feb. 9 – present)
Total: 302 (3rd in NHL)

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
Feb. 17 – Justus Annunen, Ben Meyers recalled from the Colorado Eagles (AHL)
Feb. 15 – Josh Manson activated from Injured Reserve … Brad Hunt, Jonas Johansson reassigned to Colorado (AHL)
Feb. 14 – Brad Hunt, Ben Meyers recalled from the Colorado Eagles (AHL) … Erik Johnson placed on Injured Reserve (retroactive to Feb. 11) … Ben Meyers reassigned to the Colorado Eagles (AHL)
Feb. 13 – Jonas Johansson recalled from the Colorado Eagles (AHL)
Feb. 12 – Brad Hunt cleared waivers and was reassigned to the Colorado Eagles (AHL)
Feb. 11 – Brad Hunt placed on waivers

TODAY’S OPPONENT – ST. LOUIS BLUES
The Avalanche and Blues close out the season series this afternoon with the fourth and final meeting of 2022-23 … Colorado is 2-1-0 against the Blues this season, 1-0-0 on the road … The Avs have won their last seven trips to St. Louis including the playoffs (2-0 in regular season, 5-0 in playoffs) … The Blues and Avalanche have faced off in each of the last two postseasons (both series won by Colorado).

SCHEDULE vs. BLUES
Nov. 14 vs. ST. LOUIS (L, 2-3)
Dec. 11 @ St. Louis (W, 3-2 OT)
Jan. 28 vs. ST. LOUIS (W, 4-2)
Feb. 18 @ St. Louis

RECORD vs. BLUES
THIS SEASON 2021-22 ALL-TIME SINCE 1995-96 PLAYOFFS
Overall: 2-1-0 Overall: 2-1-0 Overall: 72-68-18 Overall: 58-43-13 Series (record): 3 series (3-0)
Home: 1-1-0 Home: 1-1-0 Home: 45-26-10 Home: 35-17-7 Record Overall: 13-3-0
Road: 1-0-0 Road: 1-0-0 Road: 27-42-8 Road: 23-26-6

2022-23 SEASON NOTES
BACK-TO-BACK
This weekend marks the second of what is three consecutive sets of back-to-back games for the Avs … All three back-to-backs will require travel in between (either home/road or road/home) and all three opponents on the second half of the back-to-back will be waiting for the Avs … Colorado, which will play 13 back-to-back contests overall this year, owns a 3-2-1 record in the first game and 4-2-0 in the second … The Avalanche posted a 15-5-2 (.727) combined record in back-to-back games last season, the second-best mark behind Minnesota (.732, 19-6-3) … The Avs finished 7-3-1 in the first game and 8-2-1 in the second (.773), with only Tampa (10-0-2, .917) posting a better record in the second half of a back-to-back.
Feb. 14 vs. TBL (O, 3-4 SO)
Feb. 15 @ MIN (W, 3-2)
Feb. 18 @ STL
Feb. 19 vs. EDM
Feb. 24 @ WPG
Feb. 25 vs. CGY

GRAND CENTRAL
Colorado is 10-4-1 against Central Division teams this season, 5-1-1 at home and 5-3-0 on the road.

ST. LOUIS BLUES NOTES:

CURRENT INJURIES
Marco Scandella – Right Hip (Re-evaluated in 6 months, announced on Sep. 20)
Brandon Saad – Upper-Body (Announced on Feb. 16)
2022-23 Total Man Games Lost: 228

Recent Transactions
February
17 – Acquired a 2023 First and Third-Round draft pick, as well a 2024 Second-Round draft pick and forwards Mikhail Abramov and Adam Gaudette from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for forwards Ryan O’Reilly and Noel Acciari
16 – Recalled forward Jake Neighbours from the Springfield Thunderbirds (AHL)
16 – Placed forward Brandon Saad on injured reserve
12 – Assigned defenseman Scott Perunovich to the Springfield Thunderbirds (AHL) on a conditioning assignment

BLUES VS. AVALANCHE (Reg. Season)

  • This will be the 4th and final matchup between the Blues and Avs this season
  • The Blues are 1-1-1 against Colorado this season (3-2 win in Colorado on Nov. 14 / 3-2 OT loss at home on Dec. 11 / 4-2 loss in Colorado on Jan. 28)
  • The Blues are 4-3-1 in their last 8 games against Colorado
  • The Blues have earned points in 3 of their last 4 games against Colorado at home, going 2-1-1 in those 4 games
  • The Blues are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games against Colorado at Enterprise Center
  • The Blues have scored a power play goal in 4 straight games against Colorado, going 4 for 12 (33.3%) on the power play over those 4 games
  • The Blues have also scored a power play goal in 9 of their last 10 games against Colorado, going 10 for 30 (33.3%) on the power play over that span

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
2/19 – at Ottawa
2/21 – at Carolina
2/23 – vs. Vancouver
2/25 – vs. Pittsburgh
2/28 – vs. Seattle

A LOOK AHEAD

  • The Blues will play 6 more games in February, 4 of which will come at Enterprise Center
  • The Blues will play 3 more games against the Eastern Conference this month, as well as 3 more against the Western Conference
  • Only 1 of their remaining 6 games in February will come against Central Division opponents, today vs. Colorado

EXTRA NUGGETS

  • The Blues are 22-8-0 this season when scoring first, which shares the 9th most wins in the NHL (1. Carolina, 27-4-4 / Boston, 27-0-3)
  • The Blues are 1 of 4 teams to record 3 multi-goal third period comeback wins this season (Kings/Islanders/Ducks)
  • The Blues have 9 players who have scored at least 10 goals this season, which shares 3rd in the NHL (1. Seattle & Vegas, 10 players)

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