*Note* Mike Hoffman did not skate in last night’s game due to work visa issues. Guess that’s what happens when you sign a contract literally days before the season starts. It is expected that he will be in the lineup for tomorrow night’s game.
First Period -
Giving the Avs two power plays less than five minutes into the game was less than idea. The Blues killed off the first one. Unfortunately, the Avs cashed in on the second one. Andre Burakovsky one timed a loose puck that just kinda slid over to where he was at. Jordan Binnington couldn’t stop the shot and it was 1-0 Avs.
I hope the Avs and their fans enjoyed that goal, and that lead because that was the only time they led (and scored) in this one.
Less than five minutes later, Oskar Sundqvist scored his first of two goals on the night. Robert Thomas skated the puck into the zone. He then made a brilliant pass to Jaden Schwartz. Schwartz hit a streaking Sundqvist who buried the puck in the back of the net. This game was tied at one. (Sorry for the Altitude feed but you just hate to hear the disappointment am I right?)
The Blues found the back of the net again in the first. The Avalanche turned the puck over at their own Blue line. Zach Sanford kept the puck in the zone and got it to Jordan Kyrou. Kyrou and Tyler Bozak played a little pass the puck between one another. Kyrou fired the puck into the open net to give the Blues a two to one lead after one.
Second Period -
No goals. But the Avs did start to push back. Thankfully the Blues and Jordan Binnington were up to the task. The shitty second did not make its debut in Colorado in this one.
Third Period -
Mike Hoffman did not play tonight but another new face did. Kyle Clifford scored his first goal as a Blue on his 30th birthday. Ivan Barbashev just bodied the Avs player off the puck. He found Clifford with a centering pass. Clifford fired a shot on net and scored his first as a Blue. Raise your hand if you had thought Clifford would score before Hoffman did. Now lower it because you’re a liar.
Avs starting goaltender Philipp Grubauer made the mistake of not clearing the puck around the boards when he had the chance. Robert Thomas picked up the slow moving puck and fired it to Sundqvist in front of the net. Grubauer stopped the initial shot but Sunny got his own rebound and shot it into the net.
Blues win this one 4-1 without two key pieces of the offense. The Blues special teams looked strong only allowing one goal on four power play chances. While the power play didn’t find the back of the net it generated a few key chances in the game. Jordan Binnington looked like his former self stopping all but one of the 27 shots that he faced.
The Blues and Avs take to the ice again tomorrow night in Colorado.
Stats Tweets and Nonsense.
From our “Is this good?” department -
The two most impressive lines statistically yesterday:— Brennan Klak (@nhlupdate) January 14, 2021
Both lines were on for a minimum 8 shots for and 2 shots against at 5v5 with multiple goals for.
Already have an oopsie after one game. Although I’m not sure what Blais could have done differently. Hopefully nothing comes of this. Even if it does Hoffman should be back tomorrow anyway.
St. Louis’ Sammy Blais will have a hearing today for an Illegal Check to the Head on Colorado’s Devon Toews.— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) January 14, 2021
According to this model the Blues were the best offense on the ice last night. This isn’t even their final form.
Expected goals from all of yesterday's games per my model.— Patrick Bacon (@TopDownHockey) January 14, 2021
At some point I'd like to make this data available on a consistent basis, either through nightly or in-game updates. And I hope to make RAPM available in a month or two. But, this is fun to look at for now. pic.twitter.com/r6awFCNZzA