Blues surprisingly better in certain areas
The perception about the Avalanche is they are an offensive juggernaut. They are unstoppable at five-on-five and unbeatable if you give them even one power play.
Those statements are not 100% false, but they’re not as true as even Blues fans would believe. The Avalanche did score a ton of goals and their power play was elite.
They scored 312 goals in the entire 2021-22 regular season. That was third in the entire NHL.
The Blues were fourth in the NHL in regular season goals. The Blues only scored one fewer goal than the vaunted Avalanche offense, with 311 to their name.
The Avalanche power play went in for 67 goals. The Blues had 65 goals on the man advantage.
The Blues actually had a better power play too. The Avs drew 279 penalties, while the Blues were up a man 241 times, giving them a power play percentage of 27%. That was second in the league.
The Avs are the number one power play in the playoffs through the first round. No offense, but they were playing the Nashville Predators, who only made one of their four first-round games even close. The Blues are fourth in playoff power play percentage, by the way.
Swinging back to the regular season, the Blues were actually better down the stretch. In the last 50 games of the regular season, the Blues averaged just over four goals per game while the Avalanche averaged in the high 3’s.
That’s not a gigantic difference. Minute differences become large in the playoffs though.
Blues fans have every right to fear the Avalanche’s offensive ability. However, the Blues are just as capable of putting up goals, which can take advantage of a goaltender, circling back to the first topic.