OVECHKIN: "Russian machine never breaks" POLAK: "Yeah... about that..." (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Only a few days removed from their win in DC, the Blues now skip over the Central Time Zone entirely and head to Mountain time to face the Avs. Once again, "We're Goin' Streakin!", as the Blues have won 4 in a row, and look to make it 5 with tonight's match-up with the 11-13-1 Avalanche. No matter how poorly the Avs were doing at any given time (like now), they've seemed to come up big against St Louis. Mostly, it felt like Chris Stewart had a knack for scoring on us. A Lot. Here we are again, coming in to Denver with some momentum. This is a little different, though. Since last season's big trade, we now have Stewie on our side. Kevin Shattenkirk is continuing his tremendous play. Heck, we even signed the Av's old goalie, and look how much better he's been since donning the Note. Nope, this isn't like the last few years... definitely not the
The Enemy: Even before the recent spate of coaching changes, there were some rumors that Joe Sacco was on the hot seat. As the season has gone on, the team hasn't done anything to dispel those thoughts. In 4 of the last 6 games, the Avs weren't able to score more than one goal (which meshes nicely with STL's recent run of not allowing many goals). Trying to turn that around, there's been a lot of line-juggling, and the Avs are coming off of a 6-1 win over the Devils, their highest-scoring game yet. Colorado is looking to beat the Blues and have two wins in a row at home for the first time since January.
The Avs are led in scoring by Matt Duchene (9G / 9A) and aged captain Milan Hejduk (8G / 9A). They have some talented youngsters that are still developing, but can also surprise you if you take this team too lightly. The starting netminder is usually Semyon Varlamov, who so far is putting up pretty average stats (.900 / 2.95 GAA).
Final Verse: The puck drops at 8:00 PM St Louis time, and the GDT should drop shortly beforehand. The broadcasts are on the usual outlets: FoxSportsMW for TV, and KMOX 1120 AM for radio. Until then, this is your pregame warmup. Gather here, talk about coaching changes, how much we love our 'Cock, and check out this classic moment with Patrick Roy. They say Roy could be the one that comes in to coach the Avs someday. Also, the video features our own John Davidson busting a gut ...
Patrick Roy Dekes Past Gretzky (via funnyhockeymoments)