Blues: They are on the verge of clinching a Western Conference playoff berth. … The Blues have won two straight, both over the Arizona Coyotes in a home- and- home set, and are 12- 1- 1 in their last 14 games. … Vladimir Tarasenko had two goals and two assists in the wins over Arizona, and he has eight goals in the past 12 games.
Avalanche: Calvin Pickard will start in goal Friday. … The tentative plan is to play Tyson Jost between Matt Duchene and Gabe Landeskog. Landeskog, the Avalanche captain, said of Jost’s reception in the dressing room: “That’s pretty simple. Make sure he feels welcome. Make sure he knows everybody. Everybody’s already introduced themselves. Make sure we take care of him, talk to him and make sure he knows what he’s doing out there. Most of all, to make sure he’s comfortable and to answer any questions he might have.” … The Avalanche will be attempting to snap a seven- game losing streak. Terry Frei, The Denver Post