The St. Louis Blues just posted back-to-back road wins for the
first time since November.
Winning at home has been commonplace for the Blues.
St. Louis looks to extend its franchise-record 17-game home
point streak on Saturday night when it faces a Colorado Avalanche
team trying to continue its playoff push on the road.
After last Saturday’s 3-1 loss to Nashville, the Blues (32-14-7)
capped off a three-game trip with victories over Ottawa and New
The club had not won two in a row away from home since a 3-0-0
run from Nov. 23-29.
“It was a real character win by the boys tonight,” T.J. Oshie
said after netting the only goal in the shootout in Thursday’s 4-3
victory over the Devils.
Scoring remains a concern for the Blues, who rank 21st in the
league with 2.47 goals per game, but they keep getting the job done
thanks in large part to a league-best 1.94 goals-against
St. Louis is 22-3-4 at home, and has allowed just 26 goals –
five in the last five games – during a 14-0-3 surge at Scottrade
The last time the Avalanche (28-25-3) were in town, Brian
Elliott needed to make only 15 saves in a 4-0 victory on Jan. 7.
Elliott, the league leader with a 1.62 GAA, will be in net
Saturday. He stopped all 15 shots he faced – plus both in the
tiebreaker – on Thursday after replacing Jaroslav Halak.
“The change was as much to shake things up and get us going a
little bit,” said Elliott, who is 9-1-2 with a 1.40 GAA in 12 home
Elliott will face an Avalanche club that’s won two straight
following a season-high five-game skid.
Coming off Tuesday’s 5-2 victory over Chicago, Colorado capped
off a five-game homestand Friday with a 4-3 overtime win over
Carolina. Ryan O’Reilly’s team-best 15th goal with 1.2 seconds left
in the extra period gave the Avs the much-needed extra point.
Colorado is challenging for one of the Western Conference final
playoff spots, and is among five teams separated by two points.
“We’re trying to get points right now and any way that you can
get them, you’ll take them,” said coach Joe Sacco, whose club is
the first since Phoenix on Nov. 10 and 12, 2010, to win two
straight without the benefit of a power-play chance in either
The Avs open their four-game trip trying to win three straight
for the first time since Dec. 29-Jan. 6. The Blues ended that 4-0-0
surge on Jan. 7.
Jean Sebastien-Giguere made 35 saves in that contest and fell to
0-3-2 with a 2.76 GAA in his last five starts in St. Louis. The
veteran netminder, though, could make a fourth consecutive start
after stopping a season-high 39 shots on Friday.
If Semyon Varlamov makes his first start since Jan. 31, he’ll
get his second look at the Blues this season. He made 35 saves in a
3-2 shootout win in Denver on Dec. 2 that denied St. Louis a
season-high fifth straight victory.
O’Reilly – he also scored the lone tiebreaker goal in that game
– and Milan Hejduk each scored in regulation in that matchup. Both
found the back of the net Friday.
Hejduk will tie Adam Foote for the second-most games played in
Avalanche history with 967.
The Blues will be without Matt D’Agostini (concussion symptoms),
center Jason Arnott (shoulder) and forward Andy McDonald
(concussion), who is expected back Sunday versus San Jose.