With another win in the books, St. Louis continues its roadtrip to the mile high city. The Avalanche are no push overs this season with 87 points. In my last article I highlighted Steve Ott, the old-timer turned newcomer. In his 3rd game with the Blues he had a good showing, with some great face off wins; one of which set Ian Cole up perfectly for a score.
Jay Bouwmeester - Last episode saw Jay Bouwmeester on the Not list, but today might just be his day. When facing the Avalanche, Bouwmeester is +9. This is no small sample size either, Jay has laced up his skates 30 times in his career against Colorado. He has tallied 3 goals and 12 assists in those contests. That means in 892 shifts against the Avalanche, they have only managed to score 6 times. That's just shy of 1 goal every 150 shifts, an excellent ratio. Jay is also quite an offensive weapon when facing Colorado, there are only 5 teams who he has a higher point total against.
Brenden Morrow - When Morrow has been on the ice, far more goals have been scored than when Bouwmeester is skating. That is both a good and a bad thing. Morrow has skated a total of 46 games against Colorado. In those games he has scored 11 goals and 12 assists for 23 points. He also holds a +6 in his career against them. He is averaging a point every 36 minutes of ice time against the Avalanche and averages just under 19 minutes of ice time per game. Of his 10 goals, 2 have been game winning, and 3 have come on the power play.
Magnus Paajarvi - Magnus was the hero last night with his break away goal that squeezed just under Rhinne's right armpit. He is on the Hot list today for another reason. He ties Brenden Morrow with a +6 lifetime against Colorado. There is no team that Paajarvi plays better against than Colorado. He has laced it up 15 times and scored 9 points. In his career he has 2 goals and 7 assists against the Avalanche. Paajarvi is also very familiar with the Avs, as he has only faced 1 team more often in his career, the Canucks.
Barret Jackman - Jax is on the not list for 2 games in a row. He didn't light it up against Nashville, and if history repeats itself, he won't against the Avalanche either. In 32 career games, Jackman has scored only 1 point, a lone assist. Lifetime, he is -8 against Colorado with 57 penalty minutes. Jackman's lack of points could be because of the dearth of attempts he has taken. In his 32 games, he has only attempted 28 shots, less than 1 a game. The low number of shots isn't uncommon of Jax, but when he takes more chances, he usually gets better results. He shoots 14.3% against the Jets where he has attempted just above 1 shot per game.
Steve Ott - Ott flip flops again and finds himself back on the Not list. After a very strong outing against Nashville, he finds himself against a team where he is -7 lifetime. In 29 career games, Ott has 7 points, 2 goals and 5 assists. That means that when he is on the ice, the Avalanche are scoring twice as often as his team. He also shoots a minuscule 3.7% against Colorado. He only shoots a worse percentage against 6 teams, most of whom he has faced less than half as many times.
Roman Polak - The Czech checker hasn't had a stellar career against Colorado. He has produced 0 points in 19 games, for a career -5. There are only 3 other teams who have held Polak pointless, none of whom he has faced more than 6 times. The bright side to his play is that while he has been a complete non-factor offensively, the Avalanche haven't been offensive powerhouses either. With only 5 goals in those 19 games, they average a goal every 74 minutes while Polak is on the ice. Not bad for a man who averages 19:30 minutes of ice time against them in his career.
Ryan Miller - The East Lansing native has never won a game against Colorado. In 6 games he is 0-3-3 with a .888 save percentage. In his 6 games he has allowed 21 goals against for a 3.59 GAA. Of the 21 goals, 2 have come short handed and 2 have come on the power play. Colorado is the only team Miller has been held winless against in his career. He also isn't familiar with the Avalanche, as he has seen them the 6th fewest times of any team. When compared to teams like Toronto who he has faced 49 times in his career, Colorado is practically unknown to him.
Brian Elliott - Elliott has faced the Avalanche the exact same number of times as Ryan Miller. In those games he is 3-2-1. The better record doesn't mean he has performed better than Miller has between the pipes, however. Elliott has allowed 16 goals for a .864 save percent and 2.59 GAA. In those games, he has produces 1 shutout. The Avalanche historically have Elliott's number, as they own his lowest save percentage of any team.
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