Monday, December 16, 2019 at 8:05pm EST
Enterprise Center, St Louis
Written by David Hess
National Hockey League action on Monday evening and a pair of teams from the Central Division will square off as the Colorado Avalanche grapple with the St Louis Blues at Enterprise Center in St Louis, Missouri. The Blues won the first meeting this year by a score of 3-1. The Avs enter this game at 21-11 on the year while the Blues are 20-14.
The Avs Continue To RollThe Colorado Avalanche have been on quite a roll of late as they enter this game having won eight of their last nine games. The Avs have outscored their foes 36-17 over that stretch. The offense has been strong overall this year but it has been their play at the other end of the ice that has propelled the Avs of late. They have allowed a total of six goals in their last five wins and have given up an average of 2.20 gpg over their last 10 games overall. This is a dangerous team that has been getting it done on both ends of the ice and a win in this game will put them into first place in the Central Division. The Avs are off a 3-1 win over the Devils and scoring in the game was Gabriel Landeskog, which was his 6th of the year, Valeri Nichushkin, which was his 6th and Nathan MacKinnon, which was his 20th.
Grabbing the win against the Devils was Pavel Francouz, who stopped 37 of the 38 shots that he faced to improve to 9-3 with a 2.26 GAA on the year. Getting the nod in this one will be Philipp Grubauer and he has gone 10-7 with a 2.76 GAA on the year, including 5-3 with a 2.68 GAA on the road. In his career, he has gone 37-40 with a 2.57 GAA on the road and 14-12 with a 2.12 GAA during the month of December, plus 0-4 with a 3.19 GAA against the Blues.
The Avs enter this game ranked 1st in the league in scoring at 3.66 gpg and 16th in power-play conversions at 18.5% while on the defensive end of the ice, they are 7th in the league in goals allowed at 2.69 gpg and 19th in penalty kill at 79.8%.
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