The St. Louis Blues started their 2021 NHL regular-season off on the right foot with a 4-1 victory on the road over the Colorado Avalanche, who they will face again on Friday as the NHL plays back-to-back games due to problems with the covid pandemic. St Louis received a pair of goals from Oskar Sundqvist and one each from Jordan Kyrou and Kyle Clifford. The blues played well defensively holding Colorado to just 27 shots.
Colorado opened its season at home in disappointing fashion when losing to St Louis on Wednesday. The only goal of the game for Colorado came in the first period off the sticker Andre Burakovsky on the power play, which was assisted by JT Compher and Samuel Girard. Colorado's defense gave up too many easy looks for St Louis as the Blues got off 32 shots.
Binnington big and netSt Louis scored four goals in it's opening night victory over Colorado. On the other end of the ice goalie Jordan Binnington was superb in net for the Blues turning aside 26 of the 27 shots he faced while making several highlight-reel saves. Binnington and the rest of the Blues have plenty of opportunities to see the Avalanche, as St Louis will play 7 more games against Colorado.
Mike Hoffman was not eligible to play on opening night for St Louis but is expected to be ready to play against Colorado on Friday. Hoffman is a native Canadian and has not yet received the approval of his work visa but is expected to have that on Thursday to play in Friday's game against the Avalanche. After just one game of the regular season, Jordan Binnington is 1-0-0 with a .963 saves percentage and 1.00 goals-against average.
Injury Report: Vladimir Tarasenko remains out until at least march with a shoulder injury
Colorado's offense fails to showLast season Colorado center Nathan MacKinnon scored 35 goals and made 58 assists for a total of 93 points, but did not score a goal or assist in any goals in Colorado's opening night loss to St Louis. The only goal of the season thus far came off the stick of Andre Burakovsky early in the first period on an Avalanche power play. However, Colorado took just 27 shots during the three periods of action.
Colorado's performance can only be described as sloppy, but that is not unexpected as the NHL did not have any preseason and some teams have been more affected than others. Colorado’s second line led by Nazem Kadri and Brandon Saad were on the ice when Colorado was scored upon twice and both players looked slower than normal in transition. The defense overall was hurt by the loss of Devon Toews, who took an elbow to the head early in the first period but was able to return later and play the remainder of the game.
Injury Report: Erik Johnson is questionable with an undisclosed ailment.
- Colorado is 9-3 in the last 12 versus a team with a record above .600
- The Avalanche are 4-0 in the last four after scoring two or fewer goals the game before
- St Louis is 3-7 in the last 10