St. Louis at Colorado
When: 3:00 PM ET, Saturday, March 8, 2014
Where: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
Two of the hottest teams in the Central Division square off on Saturday when the Colorado Avalanche host the St. Louis Blues. The Avalanche are opening a four-game homestand with a chance for their fifth consecutive victory, while St. Louis has looked air-tight in its first three contests with Ryan Miller in net. Only three points separate Colorado from the division-leading Blues, who are a dominant 16-0-1 against divisional opponents.
St. Louis claimed the first two contests of a four-game season series against the Avalanche, winning 7-3 at home on Nov. 14 and snapping an eight-game losing skid at Colorado with a 4-1 victory on Nov. 27. The Avalanche are surrendering an average of over 37 shots on their winning streak, meaning netminders Semyon Varlamov and Jean-Sebastien Giguere will need to remain in top form for it to continue. By contrast, the Blues have surrendered just 63 shots over their first three contests in March.TV:
3 p.m. ET, Fox Sports Midwest, AltitudeABOUT THE BLUES (42-14-6):
Miller has stopped 58 of those 63 shots in the winning streak.. Steve Ott, who arrived with Miller from Buffalo in a trade, is averaging 13:49 of ice time in his first three games with St. Louis - down significantly from his time with the Sabres. Ott is playing on the third line with fellow veterans Derek Roy and Brenden Morrow, who will be counted on to provide leadership and stability during the playoffs.
ABOUT THE AVALANCHE (41-17-5):
Nathan MacKinnon continued his incredible rookie season by recording a point in his 13th straight game, breaking Wayne Gretzky’s record for the longest point streak by an 18-year-old. MacKinnon leads all rookies in goals (22) and points (51). Matt Duchene has 10 points on a six-game streak, while Ryan O’Reilly has nine points in his last five.OVERTIME
1. Blues LW Alexander Steen has 14 goals in 14 games against Central Division foes.
2. G Reto Berra was traded to Colorado from Calgary at the trade deadline, but he has been unable to join his new team due to immigration issues.
3. The Blues and the Avalanche will meet once more to cap their season series: April 5 at St. Louis.PREDICTION:
Blues 4, Avalanche 2
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