Tale of the Tape: Canucks vs. Blues (2.17.13)

Sunday, 17.02.2013 / 12:00 PM
Derek Jory

THE SET-UP

The Vancouver Canucks (8-3-2) will try to get back in the win column tonight when they close out their four-game home stand against the St. Louis Blues (8-5-1).

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

- The Canucks are closing out their four-game home stand tonight and are looking to get back on the winning track after having their six-game win streak snapped in Friday's loss to the Stars.

- The Blues are looking to sweep their three-game road trip tonight with a win against the Canucks. Their trip began with a 4-3 overtime victory in Detroit on Wednesday followed by a 5-2 win in Calgary on Friday.

- Prior to winning back-to-back games, the Blues had been suffering through a season-high five-game winless streak (0-4-1).

- The Canucks and Blues split their season series last year with each team winning twice, including once each at Rogers Arena. Canucks G Roberto Luongo was in net for both of Vancouver's victories finishing with a 2-1-0 record in the season series.

- Speaking of Luongo, he'll get his seventh start of the season tonight and will be looking to stretch his win streak to five games. The last time he won five games in a row was over two years ago when he won six straight from January 24 to February 12, 2011. That streak, sadly, was snapped in a Valentine's Day loss to the Blues.

- Aside from Luongo getting the start between the pipes, no other lineup changes are expected for the Canucks.

- Blues G Brian Elliott went 2-1-1 against the Canucks last season and had an impressive 1.50 GAA and .943 save percentage to go with one shutout. However, he's struggled this season and will be bench for a third straight game tonight in favour of rookie G Jake Allen. Allen began the season in Peoria (AHL) but was recently called up because of an injury to G Jaroslav Halak.

- Canucks F Alex Burrows led all players in the season series with four goals and five points against the Blues last season. Blues F T.J. Oshie led his team with four points (2-2-4).

- Blues F Alex Steen brings a five-game point streak into tonight's contest (4-5-9).

- The Canucks are 6-0-1 this season against divisional foes but just 2-3-1 against the rest of the West. Tonight marks their second of eight straight games against non-divisional opponents.

- The Blues (2-0-0) are one of two teams in the Western Conference this season that has yet to lose a Northwest Division team. The other is the Sharks (5-0-0).

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