Game 13: Canucks @ Blues (10.25.13)
The Canucks should have plenty to be pleased about when they return home from their road trip after tonight's contest seeing as how they have already earned nine points on the swing with a potential to make it 11 with a win over the Blues. In order for them to come away with a win in St. Louis, however, they'll need to overcome not only a very tough Blues squad but the injuries that have suddenly decimated their lineup. Since the road trip began 10 days ago, the Canucks have seen four forwards go down with injury including two more yesterday in their 3-2 shootout win over New Jersey with David Booth and Dale Weise joining the list of walking wounded.
Vancouver recalled Darren Archibald and Pascal Pelletier late last night from Utica (AHL) and both could make their respective Canucks' debuts against a Blues team that has not played since last Friday when they dropped 4-3 shootout decision to the Winnipeg Jets. St. Louis won two of the three head-to-head meetings between the teams last season albeit both of their wins came via the shootout. Vancouver has earned points in five straight games (3-0-2) against the Blues dating back to January 12, 2012.
Puck drop at 5 pm PT - Live on Sportsnet Pacific, The TEAM 1040, or online at teamradio.ca.
Keys to the Game
Activate the O from the D. Vancouver's defence had a rare off night offensively yesterday in New Jersey with no blue-liners picking up a point. They'll want to get back to their point producing ways tonight.
Don't get BOSsed around. The Blues' top unit of Backes-Oshie-Steen have been phenomenal in the early going this season combining for 14 goals and 26 points in just seven games played. The Canucks will need to be wary each and every time those three take to the ice.
Shake off the rust early. With this being the Blues first game in a week, they'll need to find a way to get back into game shape quickly. That means coming out and skating hard and being physical so they can start getting that intensity back in their game.
By the Numbers
Win pct. for Canucks this season when playing on zero days rest (1-1-0).
Points in 7 games for Derek Roy so far with the Blues, equaling his entire total in 12 games played last year with Vancouver.
Game point streak for Henrik Sedin coming into tonight's game (3-6-9).
Games played by the Blues this season, fewest in the NHL and five less than the Canucks.
Times in 12 games this season Ryan Kesler has had over 20 minutes of ice-time including last 7 in a row.
Career games played by Blues forward T.J. Oshie after he suits up tonight against Vancouver.