3 Keys: Blues at Avalanche, Game 2 of Western Second Round

3 Keys: Blues at Avalanche, Game 2 of Western Second Round

(3C) jumps at (1C) avalanche

Colorado tops Top 7 series 1-0


The St. Louis Blues will change their lines in Game Two of the second round of the Western Conference against the Colorado Avalanche at Paul Arena on Thursday.

Each of the first three lines will look different as the Blues try to get home by splitting the first two games and finishing eight straight games after defeat after an avalanche.

The teams that have advanced 2-0 in the best of a 7-game series of Stanley Cup games are 339-52 (.867), including 2-0 in the first round this season.

“We need more balance,” St. Louis coach Craig Behrop said. “To make that happen, I’m going to move some guys around and see if I can create some balance between our streaks to score, get some chances to score, more attempts and things like that.”

The Blues were outplayed by them 54-25 and beat 106-45 in Game 1, losing 3-2 in overtime on Tuesday.

Perhaps in the biggest step, Pavel Buchnevich Moves up to the first line, join David Peron (five goals, four assists) and the middle Ryan O’Reilly (six goals, three assists), each tied for St. Louis’s playoff advance with nine points.

“[Buchnevich] “He’s a heck of a player,” Peron said. “He does everything really well on the ice, passing the ball, defensive sticks, all of that stuff, so we’re excited.”

Bukhnevic goalless in the 2022 postseason, with four assists in seven games after scoring 30 goals during the regular season. He has not scored a goal in 15 playoff games in his NHL career.

The Blues will also have a second heavier streak with Brayden Shin between Ivan Barbashev And Vladimir Tarasenkopartly to try to deal with Gabriel LandskogNazim QadriArturi Laconin The streak, who had 20 shot attempts in Game 1.

St.Louis will remain in the lineup of 11 forwards and seven backers she has used since Game 4 of the first round.

Colorado is not expected to make any changes to its squad in the first game.

Here are 3 keys to the game 2:

1. Check please

Although the Blues have been making adjustments to try to limit Avalanche’s ability to grip for extended periods of play, Beerup said it would also require a better effort from his players to compete.

He wants to see them play the body more to slow the fast Colorado game into the transition, but more importantly, he wants to see a heavy mortgage.

Beerup said he believes the stifling bet is what allowed the Vegas Golden Knights to defeat Avalanche in the second round of the Stanley Cup last season.

“we will, [the Golden Knights] “They lost the first two games, but then their team turned things around in their favour,” Beerup said. Once again, they did not give up on the single man’s lunge and nullified their attack. It starts with a frontal examination, at 100 percent. Our frontal check wasn’t very good. We didn’t get numbers on the end of it and we didn’t stop the pucks.”

2. Work on long-term change

A long change in the second half and overtime left St. Louis smashing in the first game. He outplayed him 19-9 and beat him 2-0 in the second half and outnumbered him 13-0 in overtime, ending up as a defender. Josh Manson Scoring the winning goal at 8:02.

Colorado’s ability to start the transition before tired players can return to the bench exacerbated the problem of dealing with a high mile for visitors.

“That was a problem [in Game 1] “Just playing puck,” Shane said. “You throw the pucks, you hit the pucks away, and the guys are unable to get off.

“Obviously with altitude and things like that, guys get tired and all of a sudden they keep coming at you. We’ve been on a three-quarters game of ice for probably 15 minutes out of that second period and you can’t do that against a good team like that.”

3. Focus on the point

The Avalanche won 34 of the 53 tackles (64.2%) in the first game, allowing them to dominate possession even more.

The Blues are usually a good showdown team and O’Reilly is an elite showdown guy. He won 12 of 28 (42.9 percent) in the first game.

The battle in circles will be a key area in determining the content of Game 2.

“Playoffs help,” said Colorado coach Jared Bednar. “You start with the Goblin and you don’t have to spend time chasing it down and getting it back. It gives you more opportunities to attack.”

Predicted blues lineup

Pavel Bushnevich, Ryan O’Reilly, David Perron

Brandon SaadRobert ThomasJordan Kero

Ivan Barbashev – Brayden Shen – Vladimir Tarasenko

Alexey TuropchenkoTyler Bosak

Nick LadyColton Paraiko

Cali RosenJustin Falk

Nico MikolaRobert Borzozo

Scott Peronovich

Jordan Bennington

Phil Hoso

scratched: Nathan WalkerAnd Logan BrownAnd Stephen Santini

injured: Tori Krug (lower body), Marco Scandella (lower body)

Predicted lineup avalanche

Valery NeshushkinNathan McKinnonMiko Rantanen

Gabriel LandskogNazim QadriArturi Laconin

Andrei BurakovskyJT ComfierNicholas Ob-Kobel

Andrew CoglianoNico SturmDarren Helm

Devon TozeCal Makar

Samuel Gerrard – Josh Manson

Bowen ByramEric Johnson

Darcy Comber

Pavel Francos

scratched: Logan O’ConnorAnd Jack JohnsonAnd Alex NewhawkAnd Ryan MurrayAnd Curtis MacDiarmidAnd Justus Annonin

injured: Nobody

case report

Scandella took part in the morning skateboarding game for St. Louis but she is not ready to play. The defender has not played since the first half of the fourth match in the first round. … Landeskog has not participated in the morning skating due to maintenance but is expected to play.

2022-05-19 22:34:23

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