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Preview: Blues at Avalanche

by Chris Pinkert / Notes by Brett Barczewski


When: Saturday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. CT
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BLUES Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice to extend his career-best point streak to 10 games (nine goals, eight assists) and Jordan Binnington recorded his seventh consecutive win and his third shutout of the season in a 4-0 victory against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night at Gila River Arena.

"I got away early in the season from counting my goals and points and tried to enjoy the game," Tarasenko said after the win. "But I'm not going to lie, it feels nice. It feels nicer helping the team win."

"It wasn't a perfect game, but we played good enough," Joel Edmundson said. Edmundson got the scoring started early in the first period. "I don't think we gave them too much, but when they had a chance, [Binnington] was there to save us."

The win was the Blues' eighth straight, which is just two short of the franchise's all-time record set during the 2001-02 season.

Thursday's win moved the Blues out of the Wild Card and into third place in the Central Division.

Video: Vitale, Pang preview Blues / Avs

AVALANCHE Dominic Toninato scored his first career goal, while Gabriel Landeskog, J.T. Compher and Sven Andrighetto also scored to give the Colorado Avalanche an impressive 4-1 win over the Central Division-leading Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night at Bell MTS Place.

Semyon Varlamov made 24 saves.

The win ended a season-worst eight-game losing streak for the Avalanche, who were 0-5-3 during the streak. In the last 22 games, the Avalanche are 4-13-5.

"We needed that. We needed that bad," Avalanche Head Coach Jared Bednar said. "And it's not just the win, it's the way our team played. Fantastic team effort, real strong commitment to check. All the details of our game and the whole lineup, no passengers. I liked a lot of things we did. Our penalty kill was really good, our top line was going right away."

As of Friday afternoon, Colorado was two points out of a Wild Card spot.

HEAD-TO-HEAD The Blues have won both meetings with the Avalanche this season, winning both in overtime.

In their last 16 matchups against the Avalanche, the Blues are 11-2-3.

St. Louis has won 11 straight games at Pepsi Center when scoring at least three goals in the game.

Since the start of the 2014-15 season, only Nashville (16) has more wins against the Avalanche than the Blues (15).

Video: Blues seek ninth consecutive victory on Saturday

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