Game 5 Stanley Cup Playoffs Open Thread Colorado Avalanche vs St. Louis Blues

In an hour we could be the last duel between the Colorado Avalanche and the St. Louis Blues, who have been pushed to the brink of elimination.

Fueled by an inspiring and resilient 6-3 Game 4 win in St. Louis, the Avs have a chance to make history and finally progress through the second round. A win tonight would send them into the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2002.

Will they make it tonight or will the series return to St. Louis for Game 6 on Friday night? Can the Avalanche prove themselves and set up a date with the Edmonton Oilers or the Calgary Flames? We’ll know after 60 minutes or more of action on the ice.

Jared Bednar tried different combinations for Game 4 on Monday night. We may see some other variations on what we’ve projected below, but hopefully this squad of 16 will get the job done no matter who they have on the ice with them.

Projects forward

Valeri Nichushkin (13) – Nathan MacKinnon (29) – Mikko Rantanen (96)

Gabriel Landeskog (92) – Nazem Kadri (91) – Arturri Lehknonen (62)

Alex Newhook (18) – JT Compher (37) – Nicolas Aube-Kubel (16)

Andrew Cogliano (11) – Darren Helm (43) – Logan O’Connor (25)

Projected defenders

Devon Toews (7) – Cale Makar (8)

Jack Johnson (3) – Josh Manson (42)

Bowen Byram (4) – Erik Johnson (6)

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