Series (Game 5 of 5)

Colorado leads 3-1

Game 1: Monday, November 15th
Game 2: Monday, January 24th
Game 3: Tuesday, February 1st
Game 4: Tuesday, February 22nd
Game 5: Tuesday, April 5th

Avalanche 1

(29-42-8, 66 pts)

Blues 3

(37-33-10, 84 pts)

8:00 PM ET, April 5, 2011

Scottrade Center, Saint Louis, Missouri

1 2 3 T
COL 1 0 01
STL 1 1 13

K. Shattenkirk (Blues - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

A. McDonald (Blues - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

D. Backes (Blues - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Avalanche-Blues Preview


The St. Louis Blues won't be going to the playoffs, but they are at least putting together a strong end to the season.

The recently high-scoring Blues look to continue their surge Tuesday night when they try to stop a seven-game skid to a banged-up Colorado Avalanche club that's limping to the finish.

St. Louis (36-33-10) defeated Columbus 6-1 on Sunday and has gone 4-1-1 in its last six. The Blues have scored 26 goals in the four victories.

Patrik Berglund scored two against the Blue Jackets to set a career high with 22. He has four goals in the last five games.

"After you get two, obviously it's in your head," he said. "It was a fun game to play and a good team effort. It's a nice two points here in Columbus."

Berglund isn't the only Blues player producing of late. Matt D'Agostini has eight goals and eight assists in his last 12 games, while Chris Stewart has five goals with four assists over his previous six. Leading scorer David Backes has three goals and two assists in his last five contests.

The Blues hope to carry over their prolific offensive ways to the final matchup of the season with the Avalanche, who are seeking their second consecutive sweep of the season series. Colorado won 4-3 at St. Louis in the last meeting Feb. 22 and has outscored the Blues 35-17 during the seven-game run.

A loss Tuesday would give the Blues their longest-ever winless streak against the Avs franchise. St. Louis went 0-6 with one tie in the series from Dec. 4, 1998-Dec. 27, 1999.

The Blues, losers of three of four at home, may have a good chance to avoid that dubious mark as they'll face an injury-plagued Avs team. Going into Sunday's matchup with Calgary, the Avalanche had lost 425 man games to injury, the most in franchise history and second in the NHL.

Center Paul Stastny joined the extensive injury list over the weekend, as he suffered a stress fracture in his right leg and will miss the final four games. Stastny, injured during a 4-3 shootout win at Phoenix on Friday, has 22 goals and is second on the team with 57 points.

Colorado (29-41-8) continued to struggle Sunday, falling 2-1 to the Flames for its fifth loss in six games. The Avs have dropped 27 of their last 32.

"It was kind of tough for us, because I think we did everything we could," said Peter Budaj, who made 34 saves. "I think guys really played hard, they battled hard but unfortunately they didn't get it done."

Budaj has won five straight starts against St. Louis.

The Avalanche did get defenseman Ryan Wilson back Sunday after he missed four games with a knee injury. Rookie center Mark Olver also returned and recorded an assist.

Milan Hejduk needs one point to pass Peter Forsberg for third place on the franchise's all-time scoring list. Hejduk got his 755th point with a third-period goal against Calgary. He has seven points in his past five games versus St. Louis.