St. Louis Blues Preview
The reigning Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues tangle with the Colorado Avalanche in Edmonton on Sunday to begin a round-robin tournament to determine seeding in the Western Conference.
The Blues will welcome the return of Vladimir Tarasenko, a five-time 30-goal scorer who will be playing in his first game action since he underwent shoulder surgery in late October. Tarasenko likely will add another dimension to St. Louis’ third-ranked power play (24.3 percent) and provide another option for Conn Smythe Trophy recipient and former Avalanche player Ryan O’Reilly, who led the team in assists (49) and points (61).
David Perron, who tied Brayden Schenn for the team lead with 25 goals, scored five times and added an assist to help the Blues split a four-game season series with the Avalanche.
Colorado Avalanche Preview
The Colorado Avalanche brace for the reigning Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues on Sunday when they begin a round-robin tournament in Edmonton to determine seeding in the Western Conference.
Nathan MacKinnon (35 goals, 58 assists), who is a finalist for both the Hart Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award, erupted for eight points (three goals, five assists) to help the Avalanche split a four-game season series with the Blues.
Defenseman Cale Makar recorded 38 assists and 19 power-play points, totals that trail only fellow Calder Trophy finalist Quinn Hughes (Vancouver) among rookies. Colorado boasts the NHL’s fourth-ranked goals per game average (3.37) and the West’s best goal differential (plus-46).