SPECIAL TEAMS St. Louis’ power play is ranked sixth at 23.2% and the Avalanche is eighth at 22.7%. On the penalty kill, Colorado is eighth at 83.1% and the Blues are a distant 25th at 77.8%. The Avs are ranked in the top 10 in both power play and penalty kill for just the second time in the last 15 years, and first since 2017-18.
That said, even with DeJong and Molina both out of the lineup I would not bat Carpenter fifth. That puts even more pressure on a guy who is fighting to stay in the big leagues. It puts an even bigger spotlight on him for John Mozeliak.
Just in time for the playoffs, the Blues will get a boost in fans at Enterprise Center. Attendance is being increased to 9,000 – or basically 50 percent of capacity in the building, starting with next Friday’s postseason game with the Colorado Avalanche - an 8:30 p.m. contest.