Apr 23, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) controls the puck as Colorado Avalanche left wing Patrick Bordeleau (58) defends during the third period at the Scottrade Center. The Blues defeated the Avalanche 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Blues travel to Denver for a rematch against the Avalanche

What: St. Louis Blues vs. the Colorado Avalanche

Where: Pepsi Center in Denver

When: 8:00 p.m. CT

TV: Fox Sports Midwest

Radio: KMOX 1120

Just 13 days ago, the Blues and Avalanche met at Scottrade Center for what was billed as an early season matchup of two of the top teams in the Western Conference.

Most expected a hard fought, well-played game on both sides.

Instead, the Blues dominated in every facet of the game, playing arguably their best game in years en route to a 7-3 victory.

The game was highlighted by one of the more exciting periods of hockey you will ever see in your life. During the 2nd period, the Blues scored four times and decisively won three fights.

The complete and utter beatdown had to leave Patrick Roy and his Avalanche team embarrassed and hungry for revenge. They will get their chance on Wednesday night as the Blues travel to the Pepsi Center in Denver.

Many expect fireworks to fly early and often. The Avalanche will certainly be looking to prove that the first meeting with the Blues was a fluke. A quick goal and an early fight would certainly get their home crowd into the game.

However, don’t expect the Blues to come out of the gates looking to pick a fight.

For one, they are without their heavyweight Ryan Reaves who is out for four weeks after breaking his hand in a fight on Saturday against Brenden Dillon of the Dallas Stars.

Additionally, the Blues have not won a game at the Pepsi Center since the last game of the 2009 season. Since that day, the Blues are 0-4-2 in the Mile-High City. Playing into any of the Avalanche’s expected antics will only pump the Colorado crowd up even more, and make it a more difficult task than it already will be to secure two points.

I expect the Blues to play a smart hockey game. They will stick up for a teammate if the Avalanche pull any funny business, but other than that, I don’t expect them to be looking to pick a fight.


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