So tonight (2/8) the Avalanche are going to be taking on the Saint Louis blues, again.
They play this team way too much. These are uneasy games because the Blues are a team that the Avalanche don’t match up well against. They have size and speed, too much to handle. We are still going to be missing the top line for what it seems like Mikko Rantanen is a maybe for today, that means Colin Wilson and Alexander Kerfoot on the first line again. I’m expecting the same kind of game from St. Louis, why change anything if its not broken. Last time these two faced-off the blues handled the Avs well and pumped the net full. We gotta watch out for Vlad, Statsny, Steen, Schenn, and everyone.
I will say last game the secondary scoring lines really came to play. The Avs don’t really have a pure checking line, they are very skilled throughout the lineup. So its not really surprising that the guys got a few by Martin Jones of San Jose. It was nice seeing Tyson Jost getting on the board more than once and lets hope he can keep it up.
I am happy to say that Jonathan Bernier will be getting the nod tonight instead of Varly. This is good because he looks more composed than Varly and he is winning. Varly needs to ease his way back into the starting lineup, possibly split time with Bernie for a bit until begets he sea legs. I’m visualizing a trade in the near future for Varlymov.
The Avs sit behind the Minnesota Wild one point out of a playoff spot with a game in hand. The Blues still hold on to the 3rd spot in the central and have played consistently to maintain their position.
I’m not expecting much from the Avalanche tonight. I am not expecting a win. If they want to win the secondary scoring is going to have to step up.
Avs lose 3-1 or maybe even 4-1