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Colorado hosts St. Louis with 1-0 series lead

May 18, 2022 GMT

St. Louis Blues (49-22-11, third in the Central Division) vs. Colorado Avalanche (56-19-7, first in the Central Division)

Denver; Thursday, 9:30 p.m. EDT

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Avalanche -244, Blues +200; over/under is 6.5

NHL PLAYOFFS SECOND ROUND: Avalanche lead series 1-0

BOTTOM LINE: The Colorado Avalanche host the St. Louis Blues in the second round of the NHL Playoffs with a 1-0 lead in the series. The teams meet Tuesday for the sixth time this season. The Avalanche won the last matchup 3-2 in overtime.

Colorado has a 14-5-3 record in Central Division games and a 56-19-7 record overall. The Avalanche have scored 67 power-play goals, which leads NHL play.

St. Louis is 49-22-11 overall with a 16-5-3 record against the Central Division. The Blues have gone 42-7-4 in games they score three or more goals.

TOP PERFORMERS: Mikko Rantanen has 36 goals and 56 assists for the Avalanche. Valeri Nichushkin has six goals and two assists over the last 10 games.

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Robert Thomas has 20 goals and 56 assists for the Blues. Justin Faulk has one goal and six assists over the past 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Avalanche: 6-3-1, averaging 3.8 goals, 6.1 assists, 4.1 penalties and 10.4 penalty minutes while giving up three goals per game.

Blues: 5-4-1, averaging 3.7 goals, 6.2 assists, four penalties and eight penalty minutes while giving up three goals per game.

INJURIES: Avalanche: Andrew Cogliano: day to day (upper-body), Ryan Murray: out (hand/wrist).

Blues: Marco Scandella: day to day (lower-body), Mackenzie MacEachern: out (upper-body), Torey Krug: out (lower body).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.