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Enterprise Center, St. Louis, Missouri Attendance: 18,096
Avalanche on cruise control as they travel to St. Louis
Colorado Avalanche at St. Louis Blues
- The Blues won all four games against the Avalanche last season and are 13-2-1 in the last 16 meetings. In 19 games vs. Colorado since the start of the 2015-16 season, St. Louis goalies have a 1.95 GAA -- the team's lowest against any Western Conference opponent.
- The Avs have not lost a game in regulation yet this season; their current eight-game streak is the longest to open a season since the 2000-01 team began with nine wins and two ties. Colorado is averaging a league-best 4.38 goals and its 29 even-strength goals are the most by a team through eight games since the 1992-93 Stanley Cup-winning Canadiens had 30.
- Nathan MacKinnon had an assist in Saturday's 6-2 win over the Lightning to extend his season-opening point streak to eight games. MacKinnon started the 2018-19 season with a nine-game point streak and the only other active skater with multiple seasons with point streaks of at least eight games is Steven Stamkos, who had an eight-game run in 2013 and an 11-game run to begin 2017.
- Rookie Cale Makar also had an assist Saturday, giving him seven on the season. He is the first Avalanche skater with at least seven assists in the first eight regular-season games of his career since Radim Vrbata in 2001.
- St. Louis has lost four straight games (0-2-2), something it never did last season en route to winning the franchise's first Stanley Cup. This season's Blues have just one power-play goal through four home games and in the past 30 seasons, only two other times has St. Louis had one man-advantage goal or fewer through four home games (none in 2015-16 and one in 2011-12).
- Former Avs forward Ryan O'Reilly has been held without a point during the Blues' four-game losing streak after recording a goal and six assists in the first four contests. Since being dealt by Colorado prior to the 2015-16 season, O'Reilly's 1.30 points per game against the Avs (13 points/10 games) trails only his average of 1.36 points (15/11) against the Flyers for his best against any team.
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The Colorado Avalanche will seek to extend their franchise-best start while visiting the St. Louis Blues Monday night.
The Avs earned 15 points (7-0-1) through eight games, topping their 2013-14 start of 7-1-0 for 14 points. They are the only NHL team without a regulation loss this season.
Conversely the Blues want to end their four-game winless streak. They have gone 0-2-2 after beginning the season 3-0-1.
The Avs roll into Enterprise Center after beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-2 and the Florida Panthers 5-4 in their previous two games.
"They're dangerous off the rush. They've got some real high-end talent. They can do a lot of different things," Panthers coach Joel Quenneville told the Denver Post. "They've got four lines that are dangerous as well, so they've got really good balance up front. And some dangerous guys on the back end."
Colorado has been able to maintain the powerful top line of Nathan MacKinnon with Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog because of the addition of a new second line this season. Andre Burakovsky, Nazem Kadri and Joonas Donskoi built immediate offensive chemistry.
Burakovsky has four goals and four assists in eight games. Last season he produced just 25 points (12 goals, 13 assists) for the Washington Capitals.
"I've been talking and working a lot on shooting more," Burakovsky told NHL.com. "In previous years, I've always been looking up, trying to find passes instead of shooting. It's something I'm trying to get rid of. I'm still a passer but also if the opportunity is there, I'm just going to shoot."
The Avs are getting secondary scoring as well. Tyson Jost scored a hat trick against the Lightning on Saturday. He has four goals in eight games after scoring just 11 in 70 games last season.
"The Jost line, for me, was outstanding especially the first half of the game," Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said after that victory. "Those guys were a big difference maker tonight."
The Blues are looking to regroup after suffering a 5-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens at home Saturday. They blew two-goal leads in their two games prior to that, a 4-3 shootout loss to the Vancouver Canucks at home and a 3-2 overtime road loss to the New York Islanders.
The Blues buckled against the Canadiens after back-up goaltender Jake Allen, getting a rare start at home, deflected a Brendan Gallagher dump-in into his own net.
Allen and No. 1 goaltender Jordan Binnington haven't been as sharp as the Blues would have liked. Binnington has a 2.93 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage this season, while Allen has a 4.17 GAA and .849 save percentage.
"Everybody's got to be better," Blues coach Craig Berube told reporters after the game. "That's goalies, everybody. Everybody's got to be better. ... It's not a buy-in right now, not enough of a buy-in to team play."
This team is still searching for the resilience that supported their Stanley Cup run last season.
"We've got to play better throughout our entire lineup," Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo told reporters. "Consistently, right? When we're on our game, when everyone's playing the same way and thinking the same way, doing the same thing, it almost becomes robotic at times because everyone's thinking the same. Right now, we're just making it look complicated, almost doing too much. When we're playing a little more easier it seems like we're more successful."
--Field Level Media
Updated October 21, 2019