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Preview: Blues vs. Avalanche

by Chris Pinkert / Notes by Brett Barczewski

BLUES VS. AVALANCHE

When: Monday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m.
Where: Enterprise Center
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Tickets: Enterprise Center Box Office or online at ticketmaster.com


TEAM SNAPSHOTS

BLUES The St. Louis Blues will be looking to snap a four-game winless streak on Monday night when they host the red-hot Colorado Avalanche at Enterprise Center.

"It's not a buy-in right now, not enough of a buy-in to team play," Blues Head Coach Craig Berube said after a 5-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens over the weekend. "The bottom line is they're all self-inflicted goals tonight. That's just how we look at it."

"If we play the right way, wins will come, points will come," added goalie Jake Allen. "It's no secret the way we play works. We'll get back to it."

AVALANCHE Tyson Jost recorded his first NHL hat trick Saturday to fuel the Colorado Avalanche to a 6-2 road win against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The win extended Colorado's season-opening point streak to eight games (7-0-1).

The Avalanche are the only team in the League without a regulation loss.

Nathan MacKinnon (four goals, seven assists) and Mikko Rantanen (five goals, six assists) each have points in all eight games.

HEAD-TO-HEAD The Blues swept the season series with the Avalanche last season (4-0-0), marking just the fifth time in franchise history the Blues swept a season series with the Avalanche / Nordiques franchise and the first time since the 1991-92 season (2-0-0).

Two of the Blues' wins against Colorado last season required overtime, and another required a shootout.

Monday's matchup will be the first of five meetings between the division rivals this season.

The Blues are 7-1-0 in their last eight games against the Avalanche at Enterprise Center.

Video: Parayko on facing Colorado


HOT VS. COLORADO

- Ryan O'Reilly has a three-game point streak (one goal, three assists) and has 13 points in 10 career games (two goals, 11 assists).

- Jaden Schwartz has a four-game point streak (three goals, two assists).

- Vladimir Tarasenko has four points in his last four games (three goals, one assist) .

- Colton Parayko has three goals and a plus-6 rating in his last four games.

 

BLUE NOTES

Colton Parayko (Nov. 30, 2018) and Ryan O'Reilly (Dec. 14, 2018) each scored overtime game-winning goals against the Avalanche last season. O'Reilly's overtime goal was shorthanded and is the only shorthanded OT goal in franchise history… Vladimir Tarasenko has points in four straight games (two goals, three assists).

Video: Blues get ready to host red-hot Avalanche

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