Blues Gameday Preview: Colorado Avalanche – 11/14/22

The St. Louis Blues have turned an eight-game losing streak into a two-game winning streak and now own a record of 5-8-0 with 10 points. Their impressive 3-2 victory over the conference-leading Vegas Golden Knights on Nov. 12 could prove to be the catalyst this team needs to propel them up the standings. In earning his fifth victory of the season, goalie Jordan Binnington stopped 31 of 33 shots faced, 22 of which came in the third period. The Blues’ goals were scored by Brandon Saad (2), Ivan Barbashev (2), and Ryan O’Reilly (3), while O’Reilly also recorded his first assist on the year. Assists were also given to Calle Rosen (2), Brayden Schenn (9), Josh Leivo (2), and Niko Mikkola (1).

St. Louis Blues' Gameday Robert Thomas, Jordan Kyrou, Justin Faulk and Jordan Binnington

For the second game of their three-game road trip, they’ll head to Denver, CO, to face the rival Colorado Avalanche (8-4-1, 17 points). After a so-so start to the season, the Avalanche have won four in a row. During their current winning streak, they’ve outscored opponents 20-8. For the season, they’re ranked fifth in the league in overall goal differential at plus-14.

Related: Blues Weekly: Neighbours, Alexandrov, Injuries, & More


Latest News & Highlights


This will be the first matchup between the two teams since the Avalanche bested the Blues in the 2021-22 Western Conference semi-finals, 4-2. In their three regular season tilts last year, the Blues were 1-2-0. The margins of victory were narrow for both sides; the combined scores for those three games was 12-11 in favor of Colorado.

St. Louis Blues Projected Lineup

Forwards

Pavel Buchnevich – Robert Thomas – Vladimir Tarasenko
Brandon Saad – Ryan O’Reilly – Josh Leivo
Ivan Barbashev – Brayden Schenn – Jordan Kyrou
Nikita Alexandrov – Noel Acciari – Tyler Pitlick

Defense

Nick Leddy – Colton Parayko
Torey Krug – Justin Faulk
Calle Rosen – Niko Mikkola

Goalies

Jordan Binnington

Colorado Avalanche Projected Lineup

Forwards

Artturi Lehkonen – Nathan MacKinnon – Mikko Rantanen
Alex Newhook – Evan Rodrigues – Martin Kaut
Andrew Cogliano – JT Compher – Logan O’Connor
Dryden Hunt – Jayson Megna – Sampo Ranta

Mikko Rantanen Colorado Avalanche
Mikko Rantanen, Colorado Avalanche (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

Defense

Devon Toews – Cale Makar
Jacob MacDonald – Josh Manson
Andreas Englund – Erik Johnson

Goalies

Alexandar Georgiev

Players to Watch

St. Louis Blues: Brandon Saad

After missing the first six games of the Blues’ eight-game losing streak, Brandon Saad was reinserted into the lineup on Nov. 7 vs. the Boston Bruins. Since his return, the Blues are 2-2 and the lineup seems to have stabilized. In the last two games, victories over the San Jose Sharks and Golden Knights, he’s scored a goal in both matchups. In 31 career games against his former team, Saad has seven goals and 13 assists. For the season, he’s recorded two goals on eight total shots, giving him a shooting percentage (S%) of 25 percent.

Colorado Avalanche: Cale Makar

With a team as loaded offensively as the Avalanche are, you’re really never watching just one player. Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanan deserve to have eyes glued to them anytime they’re on the ice, but Cale Makar is too special to not get the nod here. After winning the Norris Trophy last season, he’s picking right up where he left off. In 13 games, he’s tallied three goals, 13 assists, and 16 points. His 16 points are fifth amongst all defensemen while his 13 assists tie him for second.

He’s currently quarterbacking the league’s number one power-play unit, scoring at at a rate of 39 percent (16-for-41). Getting time on both special teams units, he’s currently fourth in the league in average time on ice (ATOI) at 26:11. In 14 career games versus St. Louis, Makar has recorded 17 points (five goals, 12 assists).

Where You Can Catch the Game

St. Louis Blues @ Colorado Avalanche – 8:00 PM CDT

The Blues and Avalanche take the ice tonight at 8:00 PM CDT. You can watch the game on Bally Sports Midwest and Bally Sports+. If you’re unable to watch, you can hear the call live on 101 ESPN and the Blues app.


Sign up for our regular 'Avs Newsletter' for all the latest.
Sign up for our regular 'Blues Newsletter' for all the latest.