AVALANCHE (14-3-0) at BLUES (11-2-3)
TV: RDS, ALT, FS-MW
Last 10: Colorado 8-2-0; St. Louis 6-1-3
Season series: Thursday's game will be the first of four meetings between the Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis Blues this season. They'll play twice this month (Nov. 27 in Denver) and then not again until spring (March 8 in Denver; April 5 in St. Louis). The home team won all three games last season, with two of them going to the Avalanche. The Blues clinched a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with their 3-1 win in the most recent matchup at Scottrade Center on April 23.
Big story: Each team enters looking to avoid a losing back-to-back games. The Avalanche, coming off a 2-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday, haven't dropped consecutive games yet this season. The Blues, defeated 3-2 by the Phoenix Coyotes in overtime Tuesday, have lost two in a row once, but earned a point a point in both games.
Avalanche: Despite putting 34 shots on net Tuesday, including getting a career-high nine from rookie Nathan MacKinnon and five from Matt Duchene, Colorado could only throw one puck past Justin Peters and saw its season-opening six-game road win streak go by the wayside.
Paul Stastny's power-play goal with 5:26 left in the second period put the Avs in position for a comeback, but they never found the equalizer. A slow start was partially to blame for the defeat, as the Hurricanes recorded 11 of the game's first 13 shots before the Avalanche began to control play.
"I think we played good enough to win," Avs coach Patrick Roy said. "We just have to get ready for the next one. Our motto is the same: One day at a time."
Blues: An Coyotes goal from Oliver Ekman-Larsson on Tuesday night prevented St. Louis from setting the highest point total in franchise history through 16 games, but the Blues didn't come away empty-handed thanks to Roman Polak's game-tying goal early in the third period. Maxim Lapierre opened the scoring in the first, extending his point streak to three games.
"Our first focus is to play with good intensity and play strong defensively," Lapierre said. "Personally I would like to focus on coming back to the player I was about three or four years ago when I had that 15-goal season [for the Montreal Canadiens].
"Obviously I'm not expecting to score 15 goals every season but maybe just play with the same confidence offensively with the puck and read the play better. I feel since the game in Montreal, I kind of feel that way. I felt like I was more relaxed with the puck and I see the ice better."
Who's hot: Stastny has three goals and one assist during a four-game point streak for the Avalanche. … Alexander Steen had the primary assist on Polak's goal to extend his point streak to 11 games, and the Blues forward has 10 goals and four assists over that span.
Injury report: Colorado is without defenseman Ryan Wilson (back) and forward Alex Tanguay (knee). … St. Louis has defenseman Jordan Leopold (hand) and forward Magnus Paajarvi (upper body) on Injured Reserve.
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