There are a few things about this season that fans expected when it started: interruptions, hiccups, and a hectic pace of play. Every team’s had each thanks to the abbreviated timeframe and constant COVID-19 adjustments. Flexibility is the name of the game right now for the teams, so fans need to follow.
The NHL announced a few schedule adjustments last night between the Blues and the Colorado Avalanche.
The starting time of StL at Colo. that's moved back to 8 p.m. (from 2 p.m.) is for an April 3 game. Sorry for any confusion.— Jim Thomas (@jthom1) February 24, 2021
The Blues won’t play one of, if not their top divisional rival at all through the month of March - though there are still three very important games against the Vegas Golden Knights on the docket. April, however, may be even more make or break than usual. The standings between Vegas, the Blues, and Colorado should be tight, and the Blues are playing Vegas twice, and the Avalanche five times. That five game stretch against the Avs isn’t all in one fell swoop like the seven game series against the Coyotes, but there is a bit between April 14th through 24th where there are four games. The team that breaks up that series? Arizona.
Even with the new schedule, April has some breathing room. The team only has one back to back set scheduled on April 9th and 10th against the Minnesota Wild. It’s a much more favorable month than March will be for the battered team. The Blues have back to backs scheduled on a Friday and Saturday night for three weeks in a row: the 5th and 6th against Los Angeles, the 12th and 13th against Vegas, and the 19th and 20th against San Jose.