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Colorado Avalanche v St. Louis Blues

Get your game notes: Avs at Blues

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Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the St. Louis Blues hosting the Colorado Avalanche at 8 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:


• St. Louis streaking: The Blues have points in 7 straight games (6-0-1 record), outscoring opponents 33-13 in that stretch.

• Last game: Saturday Jan. 17; 3-0 win vs. TOR.

• Ken Hitchcock earned his 685th regular-season win, passing Pat Quinn for 5th in all-time wins.

• The only loss during this stretch came right before the TOR win – a 3-2 (OT) loss vs. DET last Thursday.

• STL is tied with DAL for the 3rd-best offense in the NHL (3.13 goals/gm), and it owns the league’s top power
play (25.2%).

• Colorado finishing up a road trip: The Avs will conclude a 5-game road trip tonight, and have just 1 win in the first 4 games (1-1-2).

• Last game: Saturday Jan. 17; 3-2 (SO) loss at TB.

• All 3 losses on the road trip have been 1-goal games, with 2 of them coming in a shootout.

• Avs goalies have been under siege, as the team is allowing an average of 36.8 shots/gm on the road trip.

• Central Division scope: The Central has 4 of the top 5 teams in the West, and it is the only division in the NHL in which every team is above .500.

• Brian Elliott (STL) is 4-1-1 since his return from a month-long absence (knee injury – missed 14 gms).

• Elliott is coming off a 27-save shutout against the Maple Leafs on Saturday – his 3rd shutout of the season and 19th overall in a St. Louis uniform.

• He is now 1 shutout away from tying Jaroslav Halak for the most shutouts in franchise history.

• Elliott leads the NHL in GAA (1.90) and ranks 4th in SV% (.929).

• Last Wednesday, Martin Brodeur was granted a 1-week leave of absence from STL. At the time, the Blues made the following statement: “Brodeur will rejoin the club in one week and his future will be addressed at that time.”

• Since then, Darren Dreger has reported that Brodeur might be offered a job in the team’s front office as one possible option once the time off is completed. Dreger also said: “It’s hard to imagine that if he was going to accept a position it wouldn’t be with the New Jersey Devils.”


• Steen/Backes/Oshie on fire: Earlier in the season, St. Louis’ line of Schwartz/Lehtera/Tarasenko drew all the press for its chemistry and offensive prowess, but the current trio of Steen/Backes/Oshie are 3 of the NHL’s top 6 scorers in 2015.

•  Steen had 1 goal, 1 assist vs. TOR to extend his goal streak to 5 games, and his overall point streak to 9 games (7G-9A). His career best was a 13-game point streak early on last season.

• Backes has 2 assists vs. TOR to extend his point streak to 6 games (7G-6A), which ties a career-high.

• Six games ago on Jan. 6, Backes scored 4 goals in a win at AZ – his 2nd career 4-goal game.

• Shattenkirk has been on a tear in 2015, with 10 points (3G-7A) in 8 games. Among d-men, he is tied for the NHL lead in scoring with Mark Giordano of CGY (39 pts).

• Shattenkirk’s 24 power play points (4G-20A) lead all NHL skaters.

• Colorado drafted Shattenkirk 14th overall in 2007, and in 2011 he was traded in a multi-player deal to STL. The Blues gave up 2006 #1 overall pick D Erik Johnson in the deal.


• Two of the oldest members of the Avalanche – 35-year-old Alex Tanguay and 37-year-old Jarome Iginla – are the leading scorers on the team this season.

• Tanguay was a 1st round pick by COL in 1998, and while he has played for 3 other teams (CGY, MTL, TB), he is in his 8th season overall with the Avs.

• Career vs. STL: 45 points (11G-34A) in 46 career games.

• Iginla, signed to a 3-yr/$16M contract this offseason from Boston, has totaled 30+ goals and 60+ points in each of the last 12 full seasons (excluding 2012-13 lockout season), but he is falling short of that pace this season.

• Iginla scored his 573rd career goal last Thurs. vs. FLA, tying him with Mike Bossy for 20th place all-time.

• Career vs. STL: 73 points (29G-44A) in 68 career games (w/ CGY, BOS, and COL).

• The Avs have had a top-3 overall pick 3 times in the past 6 seasons. Those 3 players – Matt Duchene (3rd overall in 2009), captain Gabriel Landeskog (2nd overall in 2011), and Nathan MacKinnon (1st overall in 2013) are all performing below their 2013-14 season results.

• Duchene had 70 pts in 71 games last season, but has just 27 pts (12G-15A) in 46 games this season.

• Landeskog set career-highs last season in goals (26) and assists (39); he has just 9 goals and 19 assists in 46 games this season.

• MacKinnon was last season’s Calder Trophy winner (top rookie) with 63 points.

• He had a goal and an assist vs. TB, bringing his season total to 27 pts (9G-18A) this season.

• Semyon Varlamov – a Vezina Trophy nominee last season – has started 11 of the 13 Avalanche games since returning from a groin injury; sustained Dec. 8 (missed 6 gms).

• 11 gms since return: 7-3-1, 1.97 GAA, .940 SV%, 2 shutouts.

Five individual stats you may find interesting

Nick Foligno

21.4% — Nick Foligno’s shooting percentage. Among NHL regulars, only Colorado’s Alex Tanguay (23.5%) has a higher conversion rate. Which is why many questioned the wisdom of giving Foligno — a 27-year-old who’s never scored more than 20 goals in a season, and has a career shooting percentage of 12.3 — a six-year, $33 million contract extension. Not saying he’s a bad player, and not saying he could be replaced for way less money. But he sure picked a good time to get hot.

16:43 — Average ice time for Florida’s Nick Bjugstad. Among Panthers forwards, that’s the most on the team. Which is pretty amazing, considering his ice time ranks tied for 135th (with Minnesota’s Thomas Vanek) among all NHL forwards. Indeed, the Panthers take rolling all four lines to the extreme. Saturday in Edmonton, they didn’t have a single forward who played less than 11:46 (Tomas Fleischmann), while no forward played more than 17:37 (Jussi Jokinen).

53 — Takeaways for Colorado forward Ryan O’Reilly. That’s the most in the NHL. We mostly mention this because O’Reilly’s name continues to come up in trade speculation. O’Reilly is signed through next season for a cap hit of $6 million, after which he can become an unrestricted free agent. The Avs are still alive in the playoff race, but it’ll be interesting to see where they are come March 2. O’Reilly could be a huge pick-up for a Stanley Cup contender. Granted, he won’t come cheap, which could make an offseason deal more likely, if he’s traded at all.

93.2 — Nino Niederreiter’s PDO. Among skaters that have logged at least 400 minutes of ice time, that’s the lowest. And it helps explain the fact he’s minus-14, the worst plus-minus on the Wild. Five on five, Minnesota goalies have registered an .874 save percentage when Niederreiter’s been on the ice this season. Not sure that’s all his fault.

107.8 — Mike Hoffman’s PDO. Among skaters that have logged at least 400 minutes of ice time, that’s the highest. Not surprisingly, he has a good plus-minus, at plus-19. Just not sure how much credit the 25-year-old winger deserves for Ottawa’s goalies registering a .952 save percentage when he’s been on the ice.

Video: Varlamov, Avs blank Blues 5-0

Semyon Varlamov, John Tavares

Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov, who was playing in his first game since Dec. 5, turned aside 26 shots, including 12 in the third period earning his second shutout of the season and 15th of his career as Colorado blanked the St. Louis Blues 5-0 Tuesday night.

Jarome Iginla led the way offensively with a goal and an assist.

Erik Johnson, Zach Redmond, Alex Tanguay and Ryan O’Reilly had the other Colorado goals.

St. Louis concluded its’ three-game road trip without a win (0-2-1). Colorado meanwhile has now won three straight heading into the Christmas break.

Jake Allen made 26 saves in the loss and was replaced by Martin Brodeur in the third.

Tuesday night was Colorado’s first win over St. Louis this season. The Blues now hold a 2-1-0 edge in the season series with two games remaining.

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