St. Louis visits Colorado to start NHL playoffs

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

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

FANDUEL SPORTS LINES LINE: Avalanche -264, Blues +221; plus/minus is 5.5

NHL PLAYOFFS FIRST ROUND: Avalanche host series first round

BOTTOM LINE: The Colorado Avalanche host the St. Louis Blues to open the Western Conference first round. The teams meet on Tuesday for the sixth time this season. The Avalanche went 3-2 against the Blues in the regular season. In their last regular season meeting on April 26, the Avalanche won 5-3.

Colorado is 14-5-3 in Central Division games and 56-19-7 overall. The Avalanche have a +76 differential, with a total of 308 goals scored and 232 allowed.

St. Louis is 49-22-11 overall and 16-5-3 against the Central Division. The Blues have a differential of +70, with a total of 309 goals scored and 239 allowed.

TOP PERFORMERS: Mikko Rantanen has 36 goals and 56 assists for the Avalanche. Cale Makar has five goals and eight assists in the last 10 games.

Robert Thomas has 20 goals and 56 assists for the Blues. Justin Faulk has three goals and six assists in the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Avalanche: 5-4-1, average of 3.7 goals, 5.9 assists, 4.1 penalties and 10.4 penalty minutes while allowing 3.1 goals per game.

Blues: 6-4-0, averaging four goals, 6.6 assists, 3.9 penalties and 7.8 penalty minutes while allowing 3.1 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: absent (upper body), Torey Krug: absent (lower body).

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

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