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Preview: Blues vs. Avalanche

Preview: Blues vs. Avalanche


Blues vs. Avalanche

When, where: 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Rogers Place, Edmonton

TV, radio: FSM, WXOS (101.1 FM)

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About the Avalanche

With 92 points during the regular season, on a record of 42-20-8, Colorado tied Tampa Bay for the third-most points in the league behind Boston (100) and St. Louis (94). It’s the third consecutive postseason berth for the high-powered Avs, who finished fourth in goals per game (3.37) and tied for most 5-on-5 goals (162).

Hart Trophy finalist Nathan MacKinnon finished fifth in league scoring with 93 points (35 goals, 58 assists) becoming the first player in franchise history to lead the team in scoring four consecutive seasons. MacKinnon led the league in shots on goal, with 318.

Coach Jared Bednar did not disclose his starting goalie Saturday, but Philipp Grubauer started all four regular-season contests against St. Louis, and was 2-2 with a 3.26 goals-against average and a .882 save percentage. Defenseman Sam Girard, who led the Avalanche in ice time (21:19), will be back in the lineup after sitting out their 3-2 exhibition victory Wednesday over Minnesota.

- Jim Thomas

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