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Colorado Returns Home To Face St. Louis

The Avs host the Blues for the second of three meetings at Pepsi Center

by Danielle Bernstein @danibernstein / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Following a short two-game road trip, the Colorado Avalanche returns home to host the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night at Pepsi Center. It's the third of five meetings between the Central-Division rivals this season and the second of three that will all be played at Pepsi Center in March. St. Louis returns to the Mile High City on the last day of the month.

Colorado is 0-2-0 so far this season against the Blues. Overall, the Avs have a 44-30-10 record against St. Louis and are 26-11-6 on home ice in the all-time series.

Last Time Out

The Avalanche was up 3-1 after 40 minutes of play, but Chicago scored three goals in a 34-second span of the third period to take a 4-3 lead and ultimately a 6-3 win. Mikhail Grigorenko scored two of the Avs' three tallies, and Sven Andrighetto buried the other.

Jake Allen pitched a 31-save shutout to lead the Blues to a 3-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night in Glendale. The Blues finished with a 41-31 advantage in shots and 1-for-2 on the power play; their first goal of the night coming from Alex Pietrangelo during a man advantage. Scottie Upshall and David Perron also scored for St. Louis.

Video: Keefe and Rycroft preview Tuesday's game

Last Time They Met

The Blues took a 3-0 win in the last meeting on March 5 at Pepsi Center. Two of St. Louis' goals came on the power play, including what ultimately stood as the game-winner from Paul Stastny just under four minutes into the opening period.

What to Watch

Avalanche on Home Ice

The Avs have won three of their last four games at Pepsi Center, scoring three times in each of those victories. In their last six contests at home, Colorado has averaged 2.67 goals per game with contributions coming from across the lineup.

Blake Comeau's six points (one goal, five assists) leads all Avs skaters in those six contests, followed closely by Gabriel Landeskog (three goals, two assists) and Tyson Barrie (two goals, three assists), who have each registered five points over that run. Landeskog's three tallies are tops on the team in that span.

Blues Wrap Up Road Trip

Tuesday's tilt in Denver is the last of a five-game road trip for the Blues, tied for their longest roadie of 2016-17. St. Louis is 3-1-0 on the current road trip and was undefeated in its first five-game journey of the season, going 5-0-0 against Philadelphia, Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal and Detroit from Feb. 6-15.

The Blues have also been one of the league's hottest teams as of late. They've won seven of their last eight games and are 7-3-0 over their last 10, the NHL's sixth-best record over that span.

Player to Watch

Colorado: Center Mikhail Grigorenko

A game after sitting out as a healthy scratch, Grigorenko made a statement by scoring twice against Chicago on Sunday, his first two-goal game of the season and the second of his career. The young forward's nine markers this season is a career high.

St. Louis: Defenseman Alex Pietrangelo

The Blues' captain has seven points in his last nine outings, including a power-play tally in Saturday's 3-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes. He has 16 man-advantage points this season and ranks 10th in the NHL in ice time, averaging 25:08 per game.

The Details

Tuesday night's contest between the Avalanche and Blues begins at 7 p.m. MT, and tickets are still available. The game can be seen live on Altitude TV, and the radio broadcast can be heard on Altitude Sports Radio AM950 or online at ColoradoAvalanche.com.

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