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Preview: Blues vs. Avalanche

by Chris Pinkert / Notes by Brett Barczewski

BLUES VS. AVALANCHE

When: Monday, April 1 at 7 p.m. at Enterprise Center
Watch: NBC Sports Network, NBC Sports App
Listen: KMOX 1120 AM, NHL App
TIckets: Enterprise Center Box Office or online at ticketmaster.com
Theme: 90's Night

 

TEAM SNAPSHOTS

BLUES Vince Dunn's goal with 2.8 seconds remaining in overtime Saturday lifted the Blues to an important 3-2 overtime win against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. Because of regulation losses by both the Winnipeg Jets and Nashville Predators on Saturday, the Blues are now within two points of the Central Division lead with four regular-season games remaining.

"Obviously, you want to be playing your best going into the playoffs and there's a couple of teams we still want to catch, and home ice would be huge for us," said Tyler Bozak, who recorded his 400th career point with a goal on Saturday. "We can keep climbing, so we'll keep our foot on the gas, keep trying to catch those teams to get into better position."

The Blues improved to 6-1-1 in their last eight games with Saturday's victory.

"I think the biggest reason for our success is just a lot of accountability between each person," Dunn said. "(Earlier this season), we weren't selfish, but I think we just weren't caring enough about each other on the ice. We were putting each other in bad spots and not playing every game with enough desperation. I think right now it's everyone staying connected and showing that they care about each other on the ice, with and without the puck. We're playing well as a team right now."

Video: Bozak, Parayko and Berube on COL

AVALANCHE The Colorado Avalanche defeated the Arizona Coyotes 3-2 in a shootout on Friday night, a win that clinched a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the Blues.

The Avalanche are stil trying to lock up a playoff spot for themselves, but the Blues are standing in the way.

Colorado enters Monday's game with two consecutive wins and a 6-0-1 record in the last seven games.

"The guys are pushing, we're pushing, and trying to earn a playoff spot," Avalanche coach Jared Bednar told NHL.com. "The guys are hungry."

Colorado got captain Gabriel Landeskog back Friday after he missed nine games with an upper-body injury. Mikko Rantanen, who ranks second on the club in points this season with 87 (31 goals, 56 assists) has been out of the lineup since March 21.

Colorado currently owns the last playoff spot in the West, leading Arizona by one point.

HEAD-TO-HEAD Monday's game will be the fourth and final regular season meeting between the teams this season. The Blues are 3-0-0 against the Avalanche this season, outscoring Colorado 10-5.

In the last 17 meetings between the teams, the Blues have collected points in 15 of 17 (12-2-3). At Enterprise Center, the Blues are 6-1-0 in their last seven vs. Colorado.

With a victory Monday, the Blues would sweep a season series with the Avalanche / Nordiques franchise for the fifth time in franchise history and the first time since the 1991-92 season.

Video: Pang, Vitale preview matchup vs. Avalanche

 

HOT VS. COLORADO

  • Jaden Schwartz has a three-game point streak (two goals, two assists)
  • Ryan O'Reilly has 12 points in nine career games (two goals, 10 assists)
  • Brayden Schenn has 11 points in his last 14 games (six goals, five assists)
  • Vince Dunn has six points in eight career games (one goal, five assists)
  • Colton Parayko has five points in his last six games (three goals, two assists)
  • Tyler Bozak has 13 points in his last 11 games (five goals, eight assists)

 

BLUE NOTES

The Blues have 11 players with 10 or more goals this season, which is just the 10th time in franchise history that feat has been achieved and the first time since the 2009-10 season... Jordan Binnington needs just one win to tie Jake Allen for the most wins in Blues history amongst rookie goaltenders (21)... The Blues are 27-6-3 when a defenseman scores at least one goal in a game this season. Blues defensemen have contributed 46 goals this season, which leads the NHL... Since Craig Berube took over on Nov. 19, 2018, the Blues are 35-19-5.

Video: Blues, Avs meet with four games remaining

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