St. Louis Blues at Colorado Avalanche Game Preview 11/14/2022

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St. Louis Blues at Colorado Avalanche Game Preview 11/14/2022

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St. Louis Blues at Colorado Avalanche Game Preview 11/14/2022

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St. Louis travels to Colorado to take on the red-hot Avalanche. Puck drop is scheduled for 9:08 p.m. EST.

St. Louis began the season an abysmal 3-8-0 but have won its last two contests. That includes snapping the Golden Knights nine-game winning streak last Saturday. The Blues are led offensively by both Vladimir Tarasenko and Jordan Kyrou who have tallied four goals each. Brayden Schenn and Justin Faulk lead St. Louis in points. Schenn has tallied 12 points thus far, while Faulk has 11 in his first 13 games. St. Louis had been getting some spotty goaltending from Jordan Binnington and Thomas Greis, but Binnington has begun to turn it around. The 29-year-old is 5-5-0 with a 3.19 goals against average and an .895 save percentage. 

Colorado begun its season with a small Stanley Cup hangover notching a 4-4-1 record in its first nine games. The Avs have won four straight games since then with each win being by multiple goals. Mikko Rantanen sits atop the Colorado goal-scoring list with 10 tallies this season. Rantanen is joined by Nathan MacKinnon in a tie for the team lead in points with 23 each. The 23 points tie Rantanen and MacKinnon for fourth in the NHL in points scored with Dallas’ Jason Robertson and Tampa’s Nikita Kucherov.

Alexander Georgiev has been the Avs’ number one goaltender as he has played his way to a 7-1-1 record with a 2.66 GAA and a .934 SV% in nine games this season. Colorado is amassing quite the injury list in the early going. Bowen Byran remains week-to-week with a lower body injury, while Samuel Girard is still day-to-day with a lower body injury of his own. Dhane Bowers is headed to injured reserve with an upper-body injury and Kurtis MacDermid is slated to miss 4-6 weeks with a lower-body injury.

The Blues and Avalanche became extremely familiar with each other last season. The Avalanche took two of three regular-season meetings before the team met in the second-round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Colorado would eliminate the Blues in six games en route to a Stanely Cup, but the series was extremely close. Three of the six games were one-goal contests with two of those games needing overtime to decide a winner. 

Tonight’s projected starting goaltenders are Binnington for St. Louis and Georgiev for Colorado.

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