Avalanche At Blues: Blues Can Add To Record Home Point Streak Again

ST. LOUIS, MO - JANUARY 7: David Perron #57 of the St. Louis Blues pushes Ryan O'Byrne #3 of the Colorado Avalanche out of his way at the Scottrade Center on January 7, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Blues beat the Avalanche 4-0. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

The Blues have scored points in a franchise-best seventeen straight home games, which has put them in a comfortable playoff position. Tonight's a chance for them to gain a few more points in the race for home-ice advantage.

The Blues have won back to back road games for the first time since November, with a commanding 3-1 victory in Ottawa and a 4-3 shootout victory against the New Jersey Devils. The common denominator? Brian Elliott. Elliott is continuing his quest to finish with the lowest GAA and the highest save percentage in the league, and he seems to be doing a pretty good job of it. He stopped all 15 shots he faced after Jaroslav Halak was pulled Thursday night, including every shot in the shootout.

Elliott will need to be strong again tonight, seeing as how the Blues are out another offensive cog. Matt D'Agostini left Thursday's game early after getting hit, and he will miss both weekend games with concussion-like symptoms. Kris Russell is also out with the flu, so Ian Cole will be back for tonight and probably tomorrow.

Brian Elliott was in net for the Blues 4-0 victory over the Avalanche on January 7th along with Avs goaltender Jean Sebastien-Giguere, who stopped 35 shots that evening. Jiggy won't be in net tonight, as it's assumed that Semyon Varlamov, who has stepped into the backup goaltender role, will be starting. He's never lost a game against the Blues, but the ones that he's participated in have been generally close affairs.

While the Blues seem to be sitting pretty in a playoff spot for right now, the Avalanche are fighting for one of the last playoff spots in the West. With the Central Division taking four out of eight slots, there's not much room for error. The Avalanche, who are second in the Northwest Division behind the Vancouver Canucks, sit just one point out of the playoffs right now. Motivation will be high for them, as they'd love to rebound from last season's disastrous finish.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation St. Louis

You must be a member of SB Nation St. Louis to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation St. Louis. You should read them.

Join SB Nation St. Louis

You must be a member of SB Nation St. Louis to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation St. Louis. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.