Final OT

Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series tied 1-1

Game 1: Sunday, October 12th
Game 2: Friday, December 26th
Game 3: Thursday, February 12th
Game 4: Thursday, February 26th

Avalanche 3

(16-9-1, 40 pts)

Blues 3

(20-8-1, 45 pts)

8:00 PM ET, December 26, 2003

Scottrade Center, Saint Louis, Missouri

1 2 3 OT T
COL 2 0 1 03
STL 1 2 0 03

D. Weight (Blues - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

J. Sakic (Avalanche - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

K. Tkachuk (Blues - LW): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

Colorado (16-9-6-1) at St Louis (20-8-3-1) 8:00 pm EST

ST. LOUIS (Ticker) -- The St. Louis Blues hope to have left wing Keith Tkachuk back in the lineup Friday night as they host the Colorado Avalanche.

Tkachuk has missed the last three games with an ankle injury and the Blues have scored just twice in going 0-2-1. The Blues are 1-4-1 when Tkachuk has been sidelined this season.

Tkachuk, who leads the team with 16 goals, has four goals and eight assists during an eight-game points streak and has a point in 22 of 26 contests.

In addition to Tkachuk's abesence, Doug Weight sat out Tuesday's 3-0 loss at Chicago with a groin injury as the Blues suffered back-to-back losses for the second time this season.

Weight has eight goals and 20 assists in 26 games and is day-to-day.

Colorado is winless in a season-high five games (0-2-3), which is its longest skid since it went 0-3-1-1 from November 2-10, 2002. Despite the skid and being without perennial All-Stars Peter Forsberg (abdominal injury) and Paul Kariya (sprained wrist), the Avalanche are just two points behind the Calgary Flames for second place in the Northwest Division.

Forsberg could return either Friday or Saturday against Philadelphia.

Joe Sakic has accounted for Colorado's last five goals and notched a hat trick in Saturday's 3-3 tie at Los Angeles.

St. Louis is just 6-13-3 in the last 22 meetings with the Avalanche. The Blues opened the season series with a 2-1 road victory on October 12 as Tkachuk scored twice and Chris Osgood stopped 32 shots. Kariya had Colorado's only goal.