NBCSN’s coverage of the 2018-19 NHL season continues with Monday night’s matchup between the Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis Blues. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN. You can watch the game online and on the NBC Sports app by clicking here.
Colorado enters this matchup with a one-point lead over Arizona – and a game in hand – for the final Wild Card spot in the West. On Sunday, Darcy Kuemper and the Coyotes shut out the Wild 4-0, dropping Minnesota’s playoff chances to less than 1%. The Avs are coming off a 3-2 win against Arizona on Friday to improve to 6-0-1 in their past 7 games – all started by Philipp Grubauer. They did concede a point to the Coyotes in blowing a 2-0 lead in the third period (and also the opportunity to pick up a “ROW”), but Nathan MacKinnon scored the lone goal in the shootout to give Colorado the two points.
Grubauer has started each of the past seven games for Colorado, boasting a 1.55 GAA and .957 SV% to go along with the 6-0-1 record in those contests. The 2018 Stanley Cup champ with Washington is providing a similar influence on the Avs this season as he did for the Caps last season.
The Blues clinched a playoff berth on Friday and will make their seventh playoff appearance in the last eight seasons. Then on Saturday, St. Louis beat New Jersey 3-2 to pull them within two points of the Central lead (the Jets and Predators both have 94 points).
On the morning of Jan. 3, the Blues were 15-18-4 and last in the NHL. Since then, they have gone 27-10-4 to become the seventh team since the 1967 expansion – and first in over 20 years – to make the playoffs after ranking last in the entire League at any point after Jan. 1.
Since the Blues are in the hunt for the Central crown, it is worth mentioning that only one team in NHL history has won its division after sitting in last place at any point after its 20th contest: the 2007-08 Capitals, who sat in last place overall through 30 games before claiming the Southeast Division title.
What: Colorado Avalanche at St. Louis Blues
Where: Enterprise Center
When: Monday, April 1, 7 p.m. ET
Live stream: You can watch the Avalanche-Blues stream on NBC Sports’ live stream page and the NBC Sports app.
Alexander Kerfoot – Nathan MacKinnon – J.T. Compher
Gabriel Landeskog – Carl Soderberg – Colin Wilson
Derick Brassard – Tyson Jost – Matt Calvert
Matt Nieto – Sven Andrighetto – Gabriel Bourque
Starting goalie: Philipp Grubauer
Starting goalie: Jordan Binnington