In the pre-game address at Pepsi Center, Saturday's matchup between the Blues and Colorado was described as the most anticipated game of the season from the Avalanche perspective.

The same could perhaps be said from the visiting vantage point as well.

In an afternoon matinee that was perhaps the first game of the Blues' season that had a playoff feel, the club prevailed 2-1 over Colorado in front of a sellout crowd.

The Blues extended their winning streak to four games, also improving to 17-0-1 against the Central Division, while the Avalanche saw the end of their four-game winning streak.

The Blues earned their 92nd point of the season, and with Chicago idle Saturday, they increased their lead in the Central Division to four points.

David Backes and Patrik Berglund scored for the Blues, who ran their record to 3-0 against the Avalanche this season. Ryan Miller made 26 saves to check off the Avs as the final NHL team that he has beaten, improving his record to 4-0 as a Blue.

The victory Saturday also tied Blues coach Ken Hitchcock with Ron Wilson for No. 7 on the NHL's list of all-time regular-season coaching victories with 648.

A second-period goal by Backes was followed up by one from Berglund with 16:07 left in the third period for a 2-0 lead. Colorado's PA Parenteau cut the Avalanche's deficit to 2-1 with 11:03 remaining in regulation, but despite 13 third-period shots by the Avs, Miller and the Blues kept the door closed.

The Avalanche came out hitting Saturday, distributing several dishes on Blues' No. 1 defenseman Alex Pietrangelo. Including four from captain Gabriel Landeskog, the Avs led 18-5 in that department after 20 minutes.

The game, however, after a fierce opening frame remained scoreless despite eight shots aside. The Blues' penalty-killing unit had a 2-on-1 with about five minutes left in the period, but Jaden Schwartz, who played a Colorado College, had his shot swallowed up by goalie Semyon Varlamov.