AVALANCHE (21-8-3) at BLUES (20-8-6)
8 p.m. ET; ESPN+, SNE, SNO, SNP, TVAS, FS-MW, ALT, NHL.TV
The Colorado Avalanche will try to extend their point streak to 10 games when they play the St. Louis Blues at Enterprise Center on Monday.
Colorado is 8-0-1 in its past nine games and has outscored its opponents 36-17 in that span. Philipp Grubauer will start after missing the past three games because of a lower-body injury.
St. Louis has won two in a row, including a 4-3 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday in which it rallied from down three goals in the third to win for the second time in its history.
The Blues defeated the Avalanche 3-1 in St. Louis on Oct. 21, and are 14-2-1 in their past 17 games against Colorado.
Players to watch
Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon has six points (two goals, four assists) in a four-game point streak.
Blues forward Robert Thomas has six points (one goal, five assists) in a four-game point streak and is playing in his 100th NHL game.
They said it
"These guys are such a good team and they're so hard to play against. There's a reason why they're the defending champions and they have a good chance of winning again. They're a deep team. Their top four [defensemen] are the toughest to play against, I think." -- Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon
"There's a tendency for our group when we play against those high-level teams, we seem to just show up and be more consistent with it. We know it's going to be a hard game and I think we're a little more prepared for it. ... I think we all to a man know we have to be on tonight or these guys will make us pay." -- Blues center Ryan O'Reilly
Avalanche projected lineup
Andre Burakovsky -- Nathan MacKinnon -- Joonas Donskoi
Gabriel Landeskog -- Nazem Kadri -- Mikko Rantanen
Valeri Nichushkin -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- Matt Calvert
Matt Nieto -- Tyson Jost -- J.T. Compher
Nikita Zadorov -- Samuel Girard
Ryan Graves -- Ian Cole
Calle Rosen -- Mark Barberio
Scratched: Vladislav Kamenev, Anton Lindholm
Injured: Erik Johnson (lower body), Cale Makar (upper body), Colin Wilson (lower body)
Blues projected lineup
Jaden Schwartz -- Brayden Schenn -- Jordan Kyrou
Zach Sanford -- Ryan O'Reilly -- David Perron
Alexander Steen -- Robert Thomas -- Tyler Bozak
Mackenzie MacEachern -- Jacob de la Rose -- Oskar Sundqvist
Justin Faulk -- Alex Pietrangelo
Jay Bouwmeester -- Colton Parayko
Vince Dunn -- Robert Bortuzzo
Scratched: Troy Brouwer, Niko Mikkola
Injured: Vladimir Tarasenko (shoulder), Sammy Blais (wrist), Carl Gunnarsson (upper body), Ivan Barbashev (upper body)
Makar and Johnson did not make the two-game road trip that concludes Wednesday at the Blackhawks. ... Barbashev was injured late in the second period against Chicago on Saturday and will not play. Sanford, who missed the past three games with an upper-body injury, will replace him.
Nichushkin has four points (three goals, one assist) in a four-game point streak. ... Schenn needs two points for 400 in the NHL.