After starting the postseason with five wins, the Colorado Avalanche dropped Game 2 of their playoff series to the Blues, 4-1. The series now heads to St. Louis tied at 1.
The first two games of the series couldn’t have looked more different. Despite going to overtime, Game 1 was a master class from the Avalanche.
Colorado had a 5.1 to 1.9 advantage in expected goals, and if it weren’t for a miraculous display from goaltender Jordan Binnington, Colorado would have won in a whitewash.
Game 2 was a different story. The Blues made some shrewd defensive adjustments and held Colorado to just 1.4 expected goals and three high-danger scoring chances at 5-on-5. Heading home gives the Blues the ability to get the matchups they want.