Avalanche take 3-1 series lead in Game 5 against Blues


St. Louis Blues (49-22-11, third in Central Division) vs. Colorado Avalanche (56-19-7, first in Central Division)

Denver; Wednesday, 8 p.m. EDT

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Avalanche -249, Blues +202; plus/minus is 6.5

SECOND ROUND OF NHL PLAYOFFS: Avalanche leads series 3-1

BOTTOM LINE: The Colorado Avalanche host the St. Louis Blues in the second round of the NHL playoffs with a 3-1 series lead. The teams meet Monday for the sixth time this season. The Avalanche won the previous game 6-3. Nazem Kadri scored three goals in the win.

Colorado is 56-19-7 overall with a 14-5-3 record against the Central Division. The Avalanche are 50-4-4 in games where they score three or more goals.

St. Louis is 49-22-11 overall with a 16-5-3 record in the Central Division. The Blues are 7-7-8 in games decided by one goal.

TOP PERFORMERS: Nathan MacKinnon has 32 goals and 56 assists for the Avalanche. Kadri has registered six goals and six assists in the last 10 games.

Vladimir Tarasenko has 34 goals and 48 assists for the Blues. Pavel Buchnevich has one goal and eight assists in the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Avalanche: 7-2-1, averaged 4.1 goals, 6.3 assists, four penalties and 10.2 penalty minutes while allowing 2.6 goals per game.

Blues: 5-4-1, averaged 3.3 goals, 5.2 assists, 4.1 penalties and 8.2 penalty minutes while allowing 2.7 goals per game.

INJURIES: Avalanche: Ryan Murray: out (hand/wrist), Samuel Girard: out for the season (sternum).

Blues: Jordan Binnington: absent (knee), Marco Scandella: day to day (lower body), Mackenzie MacEachern: absent (upper body), Torey Krug: absent (lower body).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data write and data from sports radar.

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