Avalanche says removing Blues from Game 5 won’t be easy.


Denver — The Colorado Avalanche is their first win in a Western Conference final in 20 years, but we don’t expect it to be easy to wrap up a two-round series against the St. Louis Blues.

Manager Jared Bednar said on Tuesday, “We need to prepare for tomorrow’s best game against St.

Avalanche leads their best-of-seven series into Game 5 3-1 on Wednesday (8pm ET, TNT, CBC, SN, TVAS). They lost 3-1 at home in the postseason and to the Blues in the second leg.

A win will end the Colorado’s three-game losing streak two-round series.

Last season, Avalanche took a 2-0 lead against the Vegas Golden Knights and lost their next four games. In 2020, they trailed the Dallas Stars 3-1 and forced a push through Game 7 before losing in overtime. They also lost Game 7 against the San Jose Sharks in 2019.

A conference final against the Calgary Flames or Edmonton Oilers is right around the corner, but they say they don’t look forward.

“You never want to give the team a chance, do you?” defender Bowen Bayram said. “We want to take advantage of this because it is definitely advantageous to play this game on home ice. We are only focusing on the next shift, the next period. We are not going to score ahead or win the series. Our focus is on We are preparing for the game right now.”

The Blues are focused on getting their game back after losing their 3rd or 4th game at home.

st louis lost a keeper Jordan Binnington With a lower body injury during the rest of the series in Game 3. Bill HussoStarting the postseason as the No. 1 goalkeeper for the Blues, he was replaced by Binnington in a six-game first-round win over the Minnesota Wilds, but replaced him in Game 3, allowing four goals on 23 shots in Game 5. -2 loss. Fuso conceded five goals on 36 shots during a 6-3 loss in Game 4 on Monday.

Despite a two-game losing streak, Blues manager Craig Berube said his team’s win in Game 2 was a cause for optimism that Colorado could win on Wednesday.

“We have to do better, we can do it,” Verube said on Monday. “We went in there and won the second leg, so we can do it. The team can do it, and it’s just a matter of going out and doing it.

“We have to skate. We didn’t skate. [Monday]. We weren’t heavy enough and we didn’t win enough 50-50 battles. It is a must do. You have to skate and win 50-50 battles and we need more people to do it. Much more.”

Colorado haven’t scored in the series ahead, but they are in control. Nathan McKinnonThe defender who finished second in the avalanche with 32 goals this season kale makartied for 4th with nazem khadry (28). from now on Miko LantanenLeading the avalanche with 36 goals this season, he scored one goal in the series and fell into an empty net in Game 4.

Still, Bednar said he knew the blues would be difficult to finish.

“They will come and watch us closely and aggressively starve,” he said. “They have to win the hockey game, so you can expect their best game. It’s our home game. We’re in a really good position right where we need to be, and like I said, now we have to play. Series The best performance,” he said.

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