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Blues, Avalanche to meet in Round 1

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

The St. Louis Blues will meet the Colorado Avalanche in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs beginning Monday.

Games 1 and 2 will be played at Ball Arena in Denver, while Games 3 and 4 will be played at Enterprise Center in St. Louis. If necessary, Game 5 will be in Denver, Game 6 in St. Louis and Game 7 back in Denver.

The matchup will be just the second meeting between the clubs in a seven-game series in the postseason.

In 2001, the Blues and Avalanche met in the Western Conference Final, where Colorado took the series four games to one en route to their second Stanley Cup championship since leaving Quebec for Denver. Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg, Chris Drury, Milan Hejduk, Alex Tanguay, Rob Blake, Ray Bourque, Adam Foote and Patrick Roy all played for the Avalanche that season.

In 152 regular-season meetings, the Blues are 73-61-11 against the Avalanche.

In 2020-21, the Blues went 3-5 against Colorado but won the last two meetings at Enterprise Center.

David Perron leads the Blues with 38 points (18 goals and 20 assists) in 47 career games against the Avalanche. Ryan O'Reilly has 25 points in 22 games against his former club, while Mike Hoffman has 19 points in 19 games against Colorado.

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