NHL Hockey

Final 1 2 3 Tot
St. Louis 0 1 1 2
Colorado 2 1 1 4
12:00 PM PT1:00 PM MT2:00 PM CT3:00 PM ET20:00 GMT4:00 1:00 PM MST3:00 PM EST0:00 UAE (+1)15:00 ETNaN:� BRT, January 28, 2023
Ball Arena, Denver, Colorado  Attendance: 18,137

After unexpected defeat, Avalanche face Blues

St. Louis Blues at Colorado Avalanche

  1. Colorado and St. Louis have played 23 games against each other in all competitions since January 2021, with the Avalanche winning eight of the teams' 13 regular-season meetings and eight of their 10 playoff games (4-0 in 2021, 4-2 in 2022). They've met twice this season (Nov. 14 in Colorado, Dec. 11 in St. Louis) with each team winning on the road.
  2. The Blues have lost their last three games, by scores of 5-3, 5-3 and 5-0. It's the third time they've allowed at least five goals in each of three or more consecutive games this season (four games: Oct. 27-Nov. 3, three games: Dec. 1-5). Before this season, the Blues' last three-game streak of that kind was in January 2017.
  3. Jordan Binnington is 7-0-1 in his eight road games against Western Division teams this season, including a 3-2 win at Colorado on November 14 in which he made 45 saves. Binnington is 2-6-0 in his eight road games versus Eastern Conference clubs this season.
  4. The Avalanche's season-high six-game winning streak came to an end with their 5-3 home loss to the Ducks on Thursday, a game in which they led, 3-1, in the second period. It was the Avs' first regulation loss on home ice after leading by two goals or more since Feb. 13, 2020 against the Capitals (led 2-0, lost 3-2).
  5. Mikko Rantanen scored 12 goals in December and he has 10 goals in January. He's the first player to score 10 or more goals in each of two consecutive months for the Avalanche since the Quebec Nordiques moved to Colorado in 1995.
  6. Defenseman Samuel Girard scored on one of his seven shots on goal against the Ducks on Thursday. Girard's seven shots on goal tied his NHL career high for one game. Entering play on Thursday, he had no shots on goal in his last three games and one in his last five games.

The Colorado Avalanche were in perfect position to go into their bye week riding an eight-game winning streak before a new outlook developed.

After a disappointing 5-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday, Colorado is hoping to avoid a two-game skid ahead of a nine-day break.

The Avalanche, who host the St. Louis Blues in an afternoon game on Saturday in Denver, will try to erase the bad taste of blowing a two-goal lead against the lowly Ducks.

Colorado had been rolling until Thursday, winning six straight, but there were warning signs of pending trouble in a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday. The Avalanche were outplayed for long stretches before they escaped with the win.

When Colorado let up Thursday, the Ducks didn't let the defending champs off the hook. Anaheim dominated the third period and left Colorado coach Jared Bednar miffed.

"I don't like getting outworked for stretches that cost you hockey games," Bednar said. "And that's what it was. Let's call it what it is. The intensity that they came out with in the start of the third period, and what we had, was not comparable. It doesn't surprise you that you let the game slip away. And we're too deep in the season now for that to happen."

The loss also spoiled two returns. Defenseman Cale Makar was back after missing four games with an upper-body injury, and Matt Nieto donned an Avalanche uniform for the first time in four years after he was acquired from the San Jose Sharks.

Nieto adds a grinder presence that was absent with Darren Helm out -- possibly for the season. Colorado also hopes forward Val Nichushkin can return Saturday after missing Thursday's game with an upper-body injury.

The Avalanche could be getting more players back, but likely not for Saturday. Defensemen Josh Manson and Bowen Byram were practicing with the team Friday afternoon, but Bednar has indicated that both are candidates to be back in the lineup after the team returns from the break.

St. Louis has its own issues to work through. The Blues have dropped three straight, including a 5-0 loss at Arizona on Thursday.

St. Louis also is dealing with injuries. Captain Ryan O'Reilly has been out for a month with a broken foot and Pavel Buchnevich was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday with an ankle injury that will keep him sidelined until after the All-Star break.

St. Louis missed an opportunity to gain points with the three losses -- two of those at home.

"Those are three teams where, if you look at the schedule, and with all due respect to every team -- anybody can beat anyone -- those are the games that you have to play better in and get points," the Blues' Brayden Schenn said. "To come away with zero points it's obviously tough, and now you find yourself digging a hole again."

The Blues and Colorado have split the first two games of their four-game season series, with each winning on the road. The Avalanche won the most recent matchup, 3-2 in overtime on Dec. 11, when Mikko Rantanen notched his fifth career hat trick.

--Field Level Media

Updated January 27, 2023

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