The Colorado Avalanche will go on the road and take on the St. Louis Blues in game six of their series. Colorado finished the season with a record of 56-19-7. The Blues finished the season with a record of 49-22-11. These two teams faced each other three times this season with Colorado winning two out of the three games. Colorado leads the series 3-2. The puck drops at 8pm EST.
Avalanche Fail to Eliminate the Blues in Game FiveColorado failed to eliminate the Blues in game five, losing 5-4 in overtime. Nathan MacKinnon scored three goals and had an assist. Bowen Byram had two assists. Darcy Kuemper struggled in the net, allowing five goals on 30 shots faced. They will get a second chance here to advance to the Western Conference final.
The offense was fantastic for Colorado this season. They ranked fourth in goals per game and fourth in shots per game. Mikko Rantanen led Colorado with 92 points and he had scored 36 goals, which also led the team. Nathan MacKinnon played in 65 games this season and he recorded 88 points. MacKinnon is tied for the team lead with 13 points in nine playoff games. He has recorded at least one point in all but one playoff game. Gabriel Landeskog has 11 points in nine playoff games. He had two assists in game one and scored a goal in games two, three, and five of this series. Nazem Kadri has 10 points in nine playoff games. Kadri scored a goal and had an assist in game three and scored three goals and had an assist in game four of this series.
Defense and goaltending were fairly decent for the Avalanche this season. The team ranked ninth in goals against per game and 19th in shots against per game. Darcy Kuemper had a 37-12-4 record with a 2.54 GAA and a .921 SV%. He ranked tied for fourth in shutouts among all goalies in the league, with five shutouts on the season. Kuemper has been sharp in the playoffs. He has allowed two goals or less in five out of eight starts and he has allowed more than three goals in just one playoff game. Kuemper has a 5-2 record with a 2.50 GAA and .904 SV% in the playoffs. Cale Makar was second in points, first in goals, and tied for fifth in assists among all defensemen in the league. Makar is tied with MacKinnon leading the Avalanche in the playoffs with 13 points in nine games played in the playoffs. He had three points in three out of four games in the first round. Makar has three assists in this series.
Blues Stun Avalanche in Game FiveSt. Louis stayed alive in game five by defeating Colorado 5-4 in overtime. Nick Leddy had three assists. Robert Thomas scored twice. Tyler Bozak scored the overtime winner to keep the Blues alive. Ville Husso stopped 30 out of 34 shots faced.
The Blues were very good on offense this season. They ranked third in goals per game and 18th in shots per game this year. Vladimir Tarasenko led the team with 82 points on the season. Robert Thomas had 77 points. Eight players had over 50 points on the season for the Blues. It was a very balanced effort on offense for the Blues. David Perron leads the team with 13 points in 11 playoff games. Ryan O’Reilly scored one goal in five out of six games in round one and he scored one goal in games one and three of this series.
The defense was fairly average but goaltending was good for St. Louis this season. They ranked 11th in goals against per game and 16th in shots against per game. Ville Husso had a 25-7-6 record with a 2.56 GAA and .919 SV%. Husso started games 1-3 in the first round of the playoffs but struggled and did not see game action until game three of the second round, where he allowed four goals on 23 shots faced. Husso once again struggled in game four, allowing five goals on 36 shots faced. He was not sharp in game five either, allowing four goals on 34 shots faced. Jordan Binnington had a record of 18-14-4 with a 3.13 GAA and a .901 SV%. Binnington was much better in the playoffs than Husso. He allowed two goals or less in games four, five, and six of round one. Binnington started games one and two of this series and he allowed three goals in game one and one goal in game two. Unfortunately, Binnington will miss the remainder of this series and the Blues will need to rely on Husso in the net.
- Blues are 2-5 in their last seven games at home
- Avalanche are 9-3 in their last 12 games against St. Louis