Colorado visits St. Louis with 3-2 series lead
Colorado Avalanche (56-19-7, first in the Central Division) vs. St. Louis Blues (49-22-11, third in the Central Division)
St. Louis; Friday, 8 p.m. EDT
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Avalanche -175, Blues +148; over/under is 6.5
NHL PLAYOFFS SECOND ROUND: Avalanche lead series 3-2
BOTTOM LINE: The Colorado Avalanche visit the St. Louis Blues in the second round of the NHL Playoffs with a 3-2 lead in the series. The teams meet Wednesday for the sixth time this season. The Blues won 5-4 in overtime in the previous meeting. Robert Thomas led the Blues with two goals.
St. Louis is 16-5-3 against the Central Division and 49-22-11 overall. The Blues have conceded 239 goals while scoring 309 for a +70 scoring differential.
Colorado is 56-19-7 overall with a 14-5-3 record against the Central Division. The Avalanche are fourth in NHL play with 308 total goals (averaging 3.8 per game).
TOP PERFORMERS: Jordan Kyrou has 27 goals and 48 assists for the Blues. Ryan O’Reilly has six goals and four assists over the past 10 games.
Mikko Rantanen has 36 goals and 56 assists for the Avalanche. Cale Makar has three goals and 10 assists over the past 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Blues: 5-4-1, averaging 3.4 goals, 5.4 assists, 3.5 penalties and seven penalty minutes while giving up 3.1 goals per game.
Avalanche: 7-2-1, averaging 4.1 goals, 6.4 assists, 3.8 penalties and 9.8 penalty minutes while giving up 2.7 goals per game.
INJURIES: Blues: Jordan Binnington: out (knee), Mackenzie MacEachern: out (upper-body), Torey Krug: out (lower body).
Avalanche: Ryan Murray: out (hand/wrist), Samuel Girard: out for season (sternum).