NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, April 21st
(All times Eastern)
St. Louis Blues (26-16-2) at Colorado Avalanche (14-23-7), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The St. Louis Blues will aim for a fourth consecutive win
on Sunday when they visit the Colorado Avalanche for the opener of a home-and-
The Blues have certainly helped their playoff chances this month, winning nine
of 11 games after ending March on an 0-3-0 slide. All three of St. Louis' wins
during the current winning streak have come by 2-1 scores and the first two
were shootout victories.
St. Louis won Friday night in regulation against visiting Dallas, which had
won five straight coming into the showdown. The win pushed the Blues three
points ahead of Minnesota for the West's sixth seed and moved St. Louis five
clear of eighth-seeded Columbus.
Like St. Louis, the Wild have four games remaining in the regular season.
Minnesota will host Calgary on Sunday, while the Blue Jackets, who have three
games left, are playing in San Jose.
Ryan Reaves' second-period marker proved to be the difference for St. Louis in
Friday's 2-1 decision. Chris Stewart added a power-play goal and Brian Elliott
posted 21 saves for the Blues.
"I thought we just managed the game today and did a good job," St. Louis coach
Ken Hitchcock said. "We found a way to win."
The win allowed St. Louis to complete its four-game homestand with a 3-1-0
mark and Sunday's test is the Blues' final road game of the regular season.
Hitchcock's team, which is 14-8-1 as the road team this season, will close the
regular season on a three-game homestand that begins with the finale of this
home-and-home on Tuesday.
Although Colorado is in last place in the West and already eliminated from
playoff contention, Sunday's game is a dangerous one for St. Louis, which has
not fared well against the Avalanche in recent years.
The Avalanche recorded a 1-0 overtime win against a visiting Blues team on
Feb. 20, giving Colorado its seventh straight home win against St. Louis. The
Avs also have recorded victories in 10 of the last 13 overall meetings between
However, Colorado has lost two straight, three of four and eight of its last
10 games and was handed a 4-1 loss by the visiting Edmonton Oilers on Friday.
P.A. Parenteau accounted for Colorado's offense while Semyon Varlamov allowed
four goals on 24 shots in the loss.
"It was real tough tonight. There was just no life out there," Parenteau said.
"The score doesn't lie."
The Avs fell to 11-8-3 as the host this season. They'll begin a two-game road
trip in St. Louis on Tuesday and then will face the Coyotes in Phoenix before
closing their season next Saturday at home against Minnesota.
04/21 10:54:28 ET