The Avalanche handily beat the Blues in the first game of this playoff series and look to go up 2-0 at home.
The Blues lost to the Avalanche 4-1 in the first game of this series. The team had won their last three games of the regular season and totaled 11 goals in their last two games before only scoring one goal in this playoff series opener. St. Louis only lost once in regulation in their last 12 games of the regular season and they need to find some offense in this game or they will be going home in an 0-2 hole.
The Avs have kept up their hot play, as they won Game 1 of this series and have won six in a row and nine of their last 10 games. The balanced Presidents' Trophy winners are picked by many to win the Stanley Cup and their defense has killed it as of late only allowing three goals in their last four games.
Not the Best Closing PeriodIn the Game 1 loss the Blues were tied with the Avs 1-1 after the second period but were outscored 3-0 in the final frame. Jordan Kyrou scored the lone goal in the loss and Ivan Barbashev and Robert Thomas each had an assist. Jordan Binnington (18-14-8 2.65 GAA) gave up three goals and was peppered with 49 shots and he has given up three goals in each of his last two starts. I would think the top G would get the start again in this game but backup Ville Husso (9-6-1 3.21 GAA) may get the nod and he pitched a shutout in his last start.
The offense was not there for St. Louis in Game 1 and they had scored nine goals in their last two games in the regular season against Colorado in two wins. Ryan O’Reily lead the team with 24 goals but has not lit the lamp in the last five games. David Perron missed Game 1 due to COVID-19 protocols and his status for Game 2 is uncertain and DF Vince Dunn also missed Game 1 with an injury and he is listed as day-to-day. This season St. Louis is 15-10-4 on the road.
Pushing the EnvelopeIn Game 1 the Avs came out firing, as in the Game 1 win they outshot the Blues 50-23. Nathan MacKinnon scored twice, the second coming on an empty net, and Cale Makar and Gabriel Landeskog also lit the lamp.
Philipp Grubauer (30-9-1 1.95 GAA) only allowed one goal on 23 shots and in his last three starts he has only allowed two goals. He will more than likely get the start in this game and in the regular season he ranked second in the league in both GAA and wins.
MacKinnon leads the Avs in assists and he has three goals and three assists over his last five games. Mikko Rantanen led the NHL this season in plus/minus and fifth in goals and while he has six assist in his last five games he does not have a goal. The Avs did lose their last two games of the regular season to the Blues but both of those games were in St. Louis and they have beaten them in three straight games at home after losing to them on home ice in the season-opener. On the season Colorado is 23-4-2 at home.
The Colorado Avalanche are:
- 36-16 in their last 52 home games
- 17-8 in their last 25 playoff games as a favorite
- 36-15 in their last 51 games as a home favorite
- 38-16 in their last 54 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game
The St. Louis Blues A’s are:
- 1-4 in their last 5 road games
- 1-4 in their last 5 games as an underdog
- 3-7 in their last 10 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game