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Binnington in goal for St. Louis; Colorado makes line changes hoping to end three-game winless streak

by Rick Sadowski / Independent Correspondent

BLUES (26-9-6) at AVALANCHE (23-13-4)

9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV


The Game

The Colorado Avalanche will change three of their line combinations in hopes of ending a three-game winless streak (0-2-1) when they play the St. Louis Blues at Pepsi Center on Thursday.

Matt Calvert replaces Andre Burakovsky at left wing on the second line with center Nazem Kadri and right wing Valeri Nichushkin. Right wing Mikko Rantanen moves to the third line with left wing Matt Nieto and center J.T. Compher. Burakovsky moves to right wing on the fourth line with left wing Tyson Jost and center Pierre-Edouard Bellemare.

The Avalanche are 1-4-1 in their past six games and 2-5-1 in eight after going 8-0-1 in their previous nine.

Goalie Jordan Binnington will start for the Blues, whose eight-game winning streak ended with a 3-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday. Binnington is 6-0-0 with a 2.15 goals-against average and .921 save percentage in his past six games.


Players to watch

Blues forward David Perron has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in his past seven games.

Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon has 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in his past 12 games.


They said it

"Teams are kind of looking at us as a measuring stick, so it's a challenge for us. We've done a good job of being able to understand that and prepare for it and be more consistent with the way we play." -- Blues center Ryan O'Reilly

"The reason you're mixing it up in the first place is because it hasn't been working at the level we would like it to. We haven't done what we've wanted to do in the last handful of games, so we're going to give it a different look and see how things work out." -- Avalanche coach Jared Bednar


Blues projected lineup

Oskar Sundqvist -- Ryan O'Reilly -- David Perron

Jaden Schwartz -- Brayden Schenn -- Ivan Barbashev

Alexander Steen -- Robert Thomas -- Tyler Bozak

Mackenzie MacEachern -- Jacob de la Rose -- Zach Sanford

Justin Faulk -- Alex Pietrangelo

Jay Bouwmeester -- Colton Parayko

Vince Dunn -- Robert Bortuzzo

Jordan Binnington

Jake Allen

Scratched: Troy Brouwer, Jordan Kyrou, Jake Walman

Injured: Sammy Blais (wrist), Carl Gunnarsson (upper body), Vladimir Tarasenko (shoulder)


Avalanche projected lineup

Gabriel Landeskog -- Nathan MacKinnon -- Joonas Donskoi

Matt Calvert -- Nazem Kadri -- Valeri Nichushkin

Matt Nieto -- J.T. Compher -- Mikko Rantanen

Tyson Jost -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- Andre Burakovsky

Ryan Graves -- Cale Makar

Samuel Girard -- Erik Johnson

Ian Cole -- Nikita Zadorov

Philipp Grubauer

Pavel Francouz

Scratched: Mark Barberio, Vladislav Kamenev

Injured: Colin Wilson (lower body)


Status report

Barbashev moves from the fourth line to the second in place of Kyrou. … Sanford was a healthy scratch the past five games.


Stat pack

Schwartz has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in his past seven games. … Schenn has eight points (three goals, five assists) in his past six. … St. Louis has won six straight against Colorado. … Landeskog has six points (four goals, two assists) in his past seven games.

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