Colorado (34-23-6) at St Louis (18-32-9) 8:00 pm EST
ST. LOUIS (Ticker) - While their chances at keeping alive a
league-high streak of 25 seasons with a playoff berth remain a
remote possibility, the St. Louis Blues are beginning to make
noise in the Western Conference.
The Blues return from a successful road trip to take on the
Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday in the opener of a four-game
Since trading away its two leading scorers, Doug Weight and Mike
Sillinger, in late January, St. Louis is 7-2-1 and coming off a
trek that spanned the Olympic break and brought the club rare
success away from home.
The Blues, who entered the trip with just five road wins, went
4-1-1 on the trek and earned a four-game sweep of Vancouver with
Sunday's 4-1 triumph.
Rookie Lee Stempniak had a goal and an assist and Curtis Sanford
made 23 saves as St. Louis pulled within two points of Chicago
and gave itself a chance to climb out of the last-place spot in
the West, a position it has held much of the season.
Resigned to playing spoiler for the rest of the campaign, the
Blues can do just that by adding to the Avalanche's recent
struggles. Colorado has dropped the first two games of its
four-game road trip and is just three points ahead of Edmonton,
which holds down the last playoff spot in the West.
The Avalanche twice lost one-goal leads and allowed a
shorthanded tally early in the third period that proved to be
the decisive score in a 5-3 loss to Minnesota on Sunday.
Alex Tanguay assisted on all three scores for Colorado, which
also is just three points behind Northwest Division-leading
In the midst of their early season struggles, the Blues dropped
a 6-1 decision to the Avalanche on January 9. Rookie Marek
Svatos recorded his second hat trick for Colorado.