The Blues’ home ice advantage didn’t matter much on Saturday.
The St. Louis Blues looked to win their second consecutive game against the Colorado Avalanche as they returned home to the Enterprise Center for Game 3 on Saturday night. But the Blues didn’t get their wish, despite a fast start in front of the hometown fans. The Avalanche won 5-2 for a 2-1 series lead.
The loss wasn’t the Blues’ only concern. Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington recently won back his starting gig in the playoffs. However, Binnington sustained a lower-body injury in the first period and never returned.
Blues head coach Craig Berube confirmed in postgame Binnington was undergoing an evaluation for an injury. Berube added that he’d recall a goaltender if needed.
If the Blues recall a goaltender from the Springfield Thunderbirds, I believe that’d be their best bet. Ville Husso replaced Binnington during the regular season, but he allowed four goals last night, which overshadowed his 19 saves in 51:43 of ice time.
The Blues host the Avalanche again on Monday night for Game 4 at 8:30 pm Central. Will the Blues tie the series 2-2? Maybe.
The Avalanche’s defense suffered a huge blow. Avalanche defenseman Samuel Girard took a hit by Blues forward Ivan Barbashev. As a result, Girard suffered a broken sternum and will miss the rest of the playoffs.