The St. Louis Blues easily eliminated the Minnesota Wild from the playoffs Thursday night, meaning it will be the second straight year of the Colorado Avalanche vs. Blues. The Avs beat the Blues in a first round series last year, but this will be a Round 2 matchup and the Blues will be a tougher opponent this time.
When does the series start? As I write this, we still don’t know. But I’m hearing it probably won’t be at the Ball Arena until Monday or Tuesday, with Tuesday being the more likely date. There could be a series of Game 7s on Saturday, and the NHL doesn’t want to eclipse any of those games with a Game 1 of a Round 2 series.
Let’s let the NHL schedule makers make the final schedule announcement, but that’s what I’m hearing.
The Avs beat the Blues in the first round last year, but this Blues team seems tougher. For one thing, they have one of the Avs’ top six wingers from last year, Brandon Saad, on their side. Second, they have a suddenly hot goalie again in Jordan Binnington, and he won a Stanley Cup for the Blues in 2019. David Perron, who never played in the first round last year because of Covid, is healthy and has been a tough player in the playoffs so far.
However, the Blues have some injury woes that will likely show up as a drag in this next series more than they did against Minnesota. Torey Krug, one of the blues’ finest D-Men, is out with a lower body injury.
The Avs go into this series completely healthy.
It’s supposed to be a great series.