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The Colorado Avalanche will attempt to eliminate the St. Louis Blues in a tense Game Six matchup. The Avalanche had an opportunity to knock out the Blues at home in Game Five but lost 5-4 in overtime after Tyler Bozak scored the game-winning goal.
The Colorado Avalanche have been an offensive juggernaut in the Playoffs. They are averaging almost 4.5 goals a game and only giving up almost 2.8 goals per game. The Colorado defense has struggled more in this series than in the First Round, but the offense often makes up for it.
Colorado has seen some impressive Playoff performances from Cale Makar, Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen, Gabriel Landeskog, and Nazem Kadri. In nine games, these five players have combined for 23 goals and 58 points. It is not surprising that these five are performing well, as they were Colorado’s top performers during the season. Makar and MacKinnon have been the most dominant of this group. They each have 13 points, but most of Makar’s points have come on assists, while most of MacKinnon’s points have come on goals. It is also worth mentioning the performance of Devon Toews. Toews has seven points and is playing almost 26 minutes a game.
Darcy Kuemper has started every game in this round and all but one game in the Playoffs. He has played well, but there are significantly better goaltenders still competing. Kuemper’s .904 save percentage is not horrible but leaves a lot to be desired.
The St. Louis Blues’ offense have been surprisingly good in this round. They scored 19 goals and have been instrumental in winning two of five games against a very tough Colorado Avalanche team.
The Blues have seen a surprising face thrive in these Playoffs. That face belongs to David Perron, a veteran Canadian winger. Perron had 57 points in 67 games during the season but has been St. Louis’ most productive player in the Playoffs. He has nine goals and four assists in 11 games and scores on over 22% of his shots. Perron has been St. Louis’ top player, but Ryan O’Reilly and Pavel Buchnevich are right behind him. O’Reilly has seven goals and five assists with a +/- of 12 and Buchnevich has one goal and ten assists.
St. Louis has been using the goaltending platoon of Ville Husso and Jordan Binnington in the Playoffs. Husso was St. Louis’ starter during the second half of the season but has not been able to maintain his dominance in the Playoffs; Husso is giving up 3.78 goals per game and has a .884 save percentage in six games played. Jordan Binnington, on the other hand, is on an incredible run and is only giving up 1.72 goals per game.
The Avalanche may be playing on the road, but they will win this game behind their elite offense.
|Colorado Avalanche||Head-to-Head||St. Louis Blues|
|Jared Bednar||Head Coach||Craig Berube|
|56-19-7 (1st in Central Division)||Standing||49-22-11 (3rd in Central Division)|
|Nathan MacKinnon (13)||Points||David Perron (13)|
|Nathan MacKinnon (8)||Goals||David Perron (9)|
|Cale Makar (10)||Assists||Pavel Buchnevich (10)|
|Bowen Byram (8)||+/-||Colton Parayko (6)|
|Nathan MacKinnon (5.78)||Shots (Per Game)||David Perron (3.64)|
The Colorado Avalanche are the favorites and will win if they draw penalties and slow down David Perron.
The Avalanche have been killers on the power-play. They are converting on ⅓ of their power-play attempts in the Playoffs. It is imperative for Colorado to draw penalties and give themselves a man disadvantage. If Colorado draws four penalties, they will win the game.
David Perron has been a monster in the Playoffs. He has nine goals in 11 games and is scoring on over 20% of his shots. The Avalanche defensemen must slow him down and make life difficult for him every time he touches the puck.
The St. Louis Blues are the underdogs but have home-ice advantage in this matchup. They will win if they score the first goal and overwhelm the Avalanche with shots.
The Blues need to get the crowd on their side by scoring the first goal. The St. Louis crowd will be unleashed if they strike first and will help push them to a Game Seven.
The Avalanche’s goaltending has been questionable in the Playoffs. Darcy Kuemper is saving just over 90% of the shots he sees and makes the occasional mistake. The Blues need to hope one of those mistakes happens in this game and shoot as much as they can.
Nathan Mackinnon is coming off a hattrick in Game Five. The 26-year-old center scored twice in the first period and once in the third period.
MacKinnon has a lot of momentum from the previous game and needs to use that in this game. If he plays his cards right, Colorado will come out on top.
Jordan Kyrou had 75 points during the season but only has 11 in the Playoffs. St. Louis desperately needs Kyrou to be more productive in this game. This matchup will be intense and Kyrou can be the x-factor.
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|Colorado Avalanche vs St. Louis Blues Information|
|What||Colorado Avalanche vs St. Louis Blues|
|Where||Enterprise Center, St. Louis, Missouri|
|When||Friday, May 27, 8:00 PM EST|
|How to Watch||TNT|
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