There will be no hearing by the NHL Department of Player Safety for the hit by Colorado’s Valeri Nichushkin that knocked Blues defenseman Robert Bortuzzo out of Friday’s game — an 8-0 loss by St. Louis. After talking with the NHL, I was told they feel this play is within the rules,” Blues general manager Doug Armstrong told the Post-Dispatch on Saturday via text. Each year you allow the league to set the guidelines and you play within the boundaries.
Gabriel Landeskog scored two goals to reach 200 for his career, helping the Colorado Avalanche rebound from an opening-night loss with an 8-0 rout of the St. Louis Blues on Friday. Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and two assists, Mikko Rantanen scored the 100th goal of his career and added an assist, and Nazem Kadri also had a goal and an assist. Philipp Grubauer faced just 21 shots in his 12th career shutout and Cale Makar had three assists for Colorado, which went 5 for 7 on the power play.
After a one-game delay due to work visa issues, forward Mike Hoffman has his work visa issues squared away and will make his Blues debut tonight against the Colorado Avalanche. It was a bit of a surprise last game to everybody including him,” coach Craig Berube said after the Blues’ morning skate Friday. Disappointing.