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NHL Preview: St. louis Blues (3-3-1) at Colorado Avalanche (6-2-0)


Blues vs. Avalanche

• The Blues and Avalanche will meet for the 1st of 4 matchups this season (Nov. 11 in Colorado / Dec. 29 in St. Louis / Mar. 19 in St. Louis) • The Blues went 1-2-1 against Colorado last season, going 1-1-0 on the road and 0-1-1 at home • In their last 9 regular season games against the Avalanche, the Blues are 4-4-1 • The Blues are 2-2-0 in their last 4 games in Colorado • The Blues have scored a power play goal in 4 straight games in Colorado, going 4 for 10 (40.0%) on the power play over those 4 games • The Blues have also scored a power play goal in 9 of their last 11 games overall against the Avalanche, going 10 for 33 (30.3%) on the power play over those 11 games • After Wednesday, the Blues next 4 games, and 5 of their next 6, will come at Enterprise Center

Blues Penalty Kill Finding Its Stride

• The Blues have not allowed a power play goal over their last 4 games (since Oct. 21), going 11 for 11 on the penalty kill over those 4 games • They are the only team in the NHL to not allow a power play goal since Oct. 21 • The Blues are also 1 of 11 teams in the NHL with a shorthanded goal since Oct. 21 (Kapanen on Oct. 26 at Calgary) • Colton Parayko leads the Blues with 2:22 shorthanded TOI per game, while Robert Thomas leads Blues forwards with 1:57 shorthanded TOI per game • The Blues have been shorthanded just 20 times this season, which is the least in the NHL (2. Tampa Bay/Dallas, 22)



The Avalanche finished 6-2-0 in October, the 29th consecutive month that the club has not had a “losing month” … see more on next page. After beating Los Angeles on Opening Night, the Avalanche spent the remaining 21 days of October in first place in the Central Division The Avalanche’s next home victory will be the 900th home win in franchise history and the 600th home victory since the club relocated to Denver in 1995 Alexandar Georgiev’s next game will be the 200th of his NHL career, while Bowen Byram’s next contest will be his 100th NHL game. The Avs are 2-0-0 at home this season and will try for their first 3-0-0 home start since 2019-20 (4-0-0) Nathan MacKinnon will appear in his 718th career game tonight, passing Erik Johnson (717) for seventh place on the franchise’s all-time games played list The Avs rank third in the NHL in penalty killing (93.8).

Tonight is the first of four meetings between the Avalanche and Blues, who will meet again here at Ball Arena in 11 days…Colorado finished 3-1-0 against St. Louis last season…Colorado is 7-3-0 in its last 10 regular season home games against the Blues…Including playoffs, the Avs are 13-4-0 in their last 17 meetings overall with St. Louis.

LAST GAME – OCT. 29 SABRES 4, AVALANCHE 0 – at KeyBank Center Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen stopped all 23 shots to backstop the Buffalo Sabres to a 4-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche at KeyBank Center…J.J. Peterka, Casey Mittelstadt and Tyson Jost scored for the Sabres, and Rasmus Dahlin added an empty netter…The loss was Colorado’s first in the city of Buffalo since Feb. 16, 2017.

SF: 23 SA: 29 PP: 0-6 PK: 3-3

HOME, SWEET HOME The Avalanche’s next home victory will be the 900th home win in franchise history and the 600th home victory since the club relocated to Denver in 1995…The Avs are 899- 590-210 (.591) all-time on home ice, 599-345-127 (.619) since relocating…Only Pittsburgh (630), Detroit (627), Dallas (614) and Washington (600) have more home victories since the team moved from Quebec in 1995…Tonight is the 1,700th regular-season home game for the franchise.

GRAND CENTRAL The Avalanche are 1-0-0 against Central Division opponents this season…Colorado finished 19-6-1 against its division rivals last year, 10-2-1 at home and 9-4-0 on the road…The 19 wins tied Carolina (19-6-1 vs. Metropolitan) and Edmonton (19-6-1 vs. Pacific) for the most divisional victories in the NHL. VIEW TO A KILL The Avalanche have allowed only two power-play goals in 32 shorthanded situations (93.8%), third best in the NHL behind Boston (97.3%) and Dallas (95.4%)…Colorado opened the year by killing off its first 19 shorthanded situations, a franchise record to start a season.

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