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
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
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.