Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar (8) and Carolina Hurricanes right wing Andrei Svechnikov (37) in the second period of an NHL hockey game on Nov. 12, 2022, in Denver. Makar scored two goals in the game for the Avalanche, who play host to the St. Louis Blues Monday. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

St. Louis Blues (4-8-0, eighth in the Central Division) vs. Colorado Avalanche (7-4-1, first in the Central Division)

Denver; Monday, 9 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: The Colorado Avalanche host the St. Louis Blues after Cale Makar’s two-goal game against the Carolina Hurricanes in the Avalanche’s 4-1 win.

Colorado is 7-4-1 overall with a 3-0-1 record in Central Division play. The Avalanche have a +10 scoring differential, with 44 total goals scored and 34 allowed.

St. Louis has a 4-8-0 record overall and a 0-2-0 record in Central Division games. The Blues are 4-1-0 in games they score three or more goals.

The matchup Monday is the first time these teams square off this season.

TOP PERFORMERS: Makar has one goal and 13 assists for the Avalanche. Mikko Rantanen has nine goals and eight assists over the past 10 games.

Vladimir Tarasenko has four goals and six assists for the Blues. Justin Faulk has seven assists over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Avalanche: 6-3-1, averaging 3.4 goals, 6.2 assists, 3.9 penalties and 8.6 penalty minutes while giving up 2.4 goals per game.

Blues: 2-8-0, averaging two goals, 3.6 assists, 2.6 penalties and 6.1 penalty minutes while giving up 3.8 goals per game.

INJURIES: Avalanche: Valeri Nichushkin: out (ankle), Kurtis MacDermid: day to day (lower-body), Darren Helm: out (undisclosed), Gabriel Landeskog: out (knee), Bowen Byram: out (undisclosed), Shane Bowers: out (upper-body).

Blues: Marco Scandella: out (hip), Logan Brown: out (upper-body), Scott Perunovich: out (shoulder), Robert Bortuzzo: out (upper-body).

The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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