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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 9:42 am 
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DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche left Pepsi Center on Friday with a 4-1-0 record and feeling good about their game.

They return after two tough road losses and with a lineup change for their Thursday matchup with the Central Division rival St. Louis Blues.

Colorado coach Jared Bednar didn't like that his team scored just two goals total in losses at the Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators. Rookie Tyson Jost will move from centering the third line to playing left wing on the top line with center Nathan MacKinnon and right winger Mikko Rantanen.

Captain Gabriel Landeskog will move to the third line, while the second line of Sven Andrighetto, Matt Duchene and Nail Yakupov -- the most productive line -- stays intact.

"I feel we need a little bit of a change on Mack's line, and I think (Jost) is a guy that can help provide a spark there," Bednar told HockeyBuzz.com after practice Wednesday. "I think they enjoy playing together and they had a little chemistry even with Dutchie in the third period. We kind of had the blender going with the lines to try and give us a spark. Those two guys I liked together -- Mack and Jost."

It seems too soon to juggle things considering Colorado (4-3-0) outscored its first four opponents 18-10. However, after last season's collapse, there is a sense of urgency to not let a two-game losing streak turn into a habit.

"You want to make sure you put an end to this thing as soon as you can," Landeskog told HockeyBuzz.com. "We know how important these division games are. We have to make sure we keep putting pucks at the net, have a bit of a killer instinct and spend more time in the O-zone than we did the last couple games."

The Blues (5-2-0) are coming off a 5-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night. The star was Jaden Schwartz, who had a hat trick after giving the team a scare. He scored to make it 1-0, but later in the first period, he went face first into the boards on a short-handed breakaway. He left the game but returned to score his fourth goal of the season in the second period.

He completed the hat trick with an empty-net goal at 19:08 of the third period.

The Blues are still without defenseman Jay Bouwmeester (broken ankle), but they did get forward Alexander Steen back for the Wednesday game, his first of the season. Steen had been out since sustaining a broken wrist in the first exhibition game.

"I've been able to work and skate and keep my conditioning up, so that stuff's been good," Steen told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "Other than that, it's been a waiting game, which is a little frustrating. Patience, patience."

Steen had two shots in 18:06 of ice time against the Blackhawks.
The Blues led all game, but the Blackhawks spoiled the shutout with two power-play goals in a 1:20 span late in the third period. St. Louis held on to move into first place in the division.

On Thursday, the Blues will try to beat a team they went 4-1 against last season. They will avoid Colorado's No. 1 goaltender, Semyon Varlamov. The Avalanche will play backup Jonathan Bernier.

Defenseman Patrik Nemeth is expected to return to the Avalanche's lineup after sustaining a shoulder injury in Dallas on Saturday.

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Let's keep it going now. Too bad I'll be at work during this one.

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Colorado is playing way over their heads.

Blues 5 (Parayko 3, Stastny, Steen)
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Projected lines. Goalie hasn't been decided. Hutton usually gets the nod on back-to-backs when there are 3 games in 4 days and the Blues play Saturday, so...
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Alexander Steen - Paul Stastny - Vladimir Tarasenko
Jaden Schwartz - Brayden Schenn - Sammy Blais
Magnus Paajarvi - Ivan Barbashev - Vladimir Sobotka
Scottie Upshall - Kyle Brodziak - Dmitrij Jaskin

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Carl Gunnarsson - Alex Pietrangelo
Joel Edmundson - Colton Parayko
Vince Dunn - Robert Bortuzzo

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Jake Allen / Carter Hutton

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Nice screened shot by Parayko!

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The Blues have spent a LOT of time in The Avs' zone, and have had the only SOG and a few good chances. Let's hope they can keep this up, and not run out of gas.

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The place is echoing like an empty cavern. Where are all the Avalanche fans? Must be less than 10,000 actually there. And their team has a good record so far. Imagine how empty it will be after The Avs sink to their real level?

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Big PK. Did Edmundson make that save, rather than Hutton? Hutton just makes a couple of great saves, and then The Avs score.

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Not a terrific 1st Period. The Blues started out strong, but lost momentum and got scored upon with their best defenceman and penalty killer out on a phantom tripping call, because the Avs' skater lost an edge on his own. The Blues better get their skating legs back. They don't win much at all in The Mile High City after falling behind.

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Stastny skated in on goal tying it at 1, and made the right decision to shoot it, instead 0f passing to Tarasenko. I hope he continues to do that when he has a good opportunity.

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The Blues have been moving the puck well on this PP, and have had some good chances. But, they'd better score.

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Nice save by Hutton!

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Good think the puck rolled on Comeau there, or The Blues would be behind again.

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The Blues have been uncharacteristically careless in the neutral zone over the last 5 minutes, leading to several near misses. They'd better pull it together.

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Schwartz, sitting right in front, bangs it in while being shoved down! Blues lead 2-1!!!

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DUNN.

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Dunn blasts it in!!! Upper right corner! Goal scorer's goal! Blues lead 3-1!!!

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Yet another unnecessary penalty by Upshall. And The Avs had plenty of good chances on their PP. Lucky that Hutton has made several excellent saves. And The Blues luckily kill it off.

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The Blues need to score the next goal to take some pressure off, and make The Avs play even more loosely, so they'll be able to take advantage and score even more, when The Avs' push comes in The 3rd, when The Blues will be tired. A measly 2-goal lead can melt away on a couple breakaways.

Hutton has already made several great saves to preserve the lead.

Still and all, Blues played a better 2nd Period than The 1st. I'll take it on the second game of a back-to-back, AND at over 5,200 feet.

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Huhhhhh????? Hutton gets caught waaaaaaaaay out of the net for an unopposed goal. Comeau pushed The Blues' defenceman into Hutton and pushed both of them a lonnnng way away from the goal. The Blues were right to challenge for goaltender interference.

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