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St. Louis Blues vs Colorado Avalanche Game 1, Coverage

The BlueNote Fan Report will cover the St. Louis Blues with a live Pregame starting at 7 CST, Post-game and Intermission coverage on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter

St. Louis Blues

Jake Neighbours of the St. Louis Blues nets his first NHL preseason goal with an empty-net in Chicago. 6-3 Blues with 1:32 left. Blues Twitter

The St. Louis Blues are in the last group of teams to open their season today. Boston, San Jose, and Calgary are the others.

Jake Neighbours will get his first NHL start tonight after earning his spot during training camp. Also starting their first games as a member of the Note are Brandon Saad, Pavel Buchnevich, and James Neal.

David Perron is a game-time decision according to Blues Head Coach Craig Berube. Perron missed practice on Friday with an undisclosed ailment but was on the ice during the optional morning skate.

Jordan Binnington will be in net for the Blues. Binnington is 6-6-0 with a 3.14GAA and a .895 save % in 12 games. He has not recorded a shutout against the Avalanche.

Binnington

Jordan Binnington, St. Louis Blues (Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports)

Will the Real Binnington Please Get in Net?

Speedy Forward Jordan Kyrou will play his 100 career game tonight.

Colorado Avalanche.

The Avalanche will play their second game of the season after beating the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 on Wednesday night at home. The Avalanche went o-4 on the power play against the Hawks, but had great success against the Blues last season. The Avs scored 13 PP goals in 38 tries for a PP% of 34.2.

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This is the first of three meetings between the Avalanche and Blues and the first of two at Ball Arena. The Avs will visit St. Louis only once (Oct. 28), as Dallas is the only other Central Division foe who will play the Avalanche three times instead of four. These two clubs both competed in the West Division last season, with the Avs winning the regular-season series 5-3-0 and then sweeping the Blues in four games during the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. According to the media notes released by the league.

Former St. Louis number one overall draft pick Erik Johnson is the longest-tenured Avalanche starting his 12th Season since being traded by the Blues. He ranks fourth in the Avs behind only Joe Sakic  (20), Adam Foote (17), and Milan Hejduk (14), with Foote the only other defenseman.

The Avalance won the Season series 5-3 while both teams were in the Honda West Division.  St Louis outscored the Avs’ 15-13 even strength.

The Avalance will be without Jack Johnson, Nathan MacKinnon because of COVID-19 protocols, and Gabriel Landeskog will serve his first of a two-game suspension tonight.

BLUES (0-0-0) at AVALANCHE (1-0-0)

9 p.m. ET; ALT, BSMW, ESPN+, NHL LIVE

Blues projected lineup

Brandon Saad — Ryan O’Reilly — Klim Kostin

Jordan Kyrou — Brayden Schenn — Pavel Buchnevich

James Neal — Robert Thomas — Vladimir Tarasenko

Jake Neighbours — Tyler Bozak — Ivan Barbashev

Marco Scandella — Colton Parayko

Torey Krug — Justin Faulk

Jake Walman — Robert Bortuzzo

Jordan Binnington

Ville Husso

Scratched: Kyle CliffordNiko Mikkola

Injured: David Perron (undisclosed)

Avalanche projected lineup

Andre Burakovsky — Nazem Kadri — Mikko Rantanen

Tyson Jost — J.T. Compher — Sampo Ranta

Darren Helm — Jayson Megna — Logan O’Connor

Stefan Matteau — Dylan Sikura

Samuel Girard — Cale Makar

Bowen Byram — Erik Johnson

Kurtis MacDermid — Ryan Murray

Darcy Kuemper

Jonas Johansson

Scratched: None

Injured: Pavel Francouz (ankle), Valeri Nichushkin (upper body), Devon Toews (shoulder)

Suspended: Gabriel Landeskog

COVID-19 protocol: Jack JohnsonNathan MacKinnon

Till Next time Hockey fans,

Guy “Hawaii Hockey Fan” Bensing

Guy@stlfanreport.com

@hawaiibluesfan @Bluenotereport

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