AVALANCHE (36-29-13) at BLUES (42-28-8)
8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV
The Colorado Avalanche will try to increase their lead for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference when they play the St. Louis Blues at Enterprise Center on Monday.
Colorado holds a one-point lead on the Arizona Coyotes with one game in hand.
The Avalanche, 6-0-1 in their past seven games, are four points behind the Dallas Stars, who hold the first wild card.
The Blues are third in the Central Division but are two points behind the Winnipeg Jets and the Nashville Predators, who are tied for first place. Winnipeg plays the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday.
St. Louis, 6-1-1 in its past eight games, is 3-0-0 against Colorado this season, with two of those wins in overtime, and can sweep a season series from the Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques for the fifth time in Blues history and first since 1991-92.
Players to watch
Avalanche goalie Philipp Grubauer is 7-1-1 with a 1.43 goals-against average, a .958 save percentage and two shutouts his past nine starts.
Blues forward David Perron has 23 points (10 goals, 13 assists) in his past 21 games.
They said it
"This is such a big game for us, it's a playoff game. We're gearing up like it's a playoff game, and I think from talking to those guys, they're pushing to try and win the division, so it should be a good one tonight." -- Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie
"We're two points back. We want to win every game obviously, so we're going to try and do that. Hopefully we can climb in the standings as much as we can." -- Blues center Tyler Bozak
Avalanche projected lineup
Alexander Kerfoot -- Nathan MacKinnon -- J.T. Compher
Gabriel Landeskog -- Carl Soderberg -- Colin Wilson
Derick Brassard -- Tyson Jost -- Matt Calvert
Matt Nieto -- Sven Andrighetto -- Gabriel Bourque
Samuel Girard -- Erik Johnson
Ian Cole -- Tyson Barrie
Nikita Zadorov -- Patrik Nemeth
Scratched: Andrew Agozzino, Ryan Graves
Injured: Mikko Rantanen (upper body), Vladislav Kamenev (shoulder)
Blues projected lineup
Brayden Schenn -- Ryan O'Reilly -- Vladimir Tarasenko
Jaden Schwartz -- Oskar Sundqvist -- David Perron
Pat Maroon -- Tyler Bozak -- Robert Thomas
Zach Sanford -- Ivan Barbashev -- Alexander Steen
Vince Dunn -- Alex Pietrangelo
Jay Bouwmeester -- Colton Parayko
Carl Gunnarsson -- Robert Bortuzzo
Scratched: Robby Fabbri, Michael Del Zotto, Mackenzie MacEachern
Injured: Joel Edmundson (lower body), Sammy Blais (lower body)
Rantanen will miss his fifth straight game. ... Edmundson and Blais skated but are not ready to return.
Barrie has nine points (five goals, four assists) in the past eight games. ... Binnington is 17-4-0 with a 1.81 GAA, a .930 save percentage and four shutouts his past 21 starts.