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PostPosted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 5:25 am 
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VANCOUVER -- The Vancouver Canucks should need little motivation for their next game.

Coming off arguably their worst performance of the season, against an expansion team, no less, the Canucks (9-8-2) host the St. Louis Blues (14-5-1) -- one of the National Hockey League's top clubs -- on Saturday night.

"We know it might be the best team in the league coming in," said Vancouver captain Henrik Sedin. "It's going to be a great test for us. We show up for these challenges."

The Blues lead the Western Conference and were out of sorts recently because they had lost two games in a row. The Canucks have been a model of inconsistency -- great some nights, lousy on others.

Before losing to Vegas, the Canucks downed the Los Angeles Kings. Consequently, Sedin is confident that they can rebound after the loss to the Golden Knights, who were considered vulnerable due to a spate of injuries to their goaltenders but still prevailed.

"We beat L.A. on the road," said Sedin. "They are a really good team. Now we are on home ice. It should be a fun game."

It will be even more enjoyable if Vancouver can avoid giving up early goals. In both of their last two games, the Canucks allowed the opposition to stake claims to 2-0 leads.
Vancouver managed to overcome the deficits on both occasions, but could not prevail over Vegas after completing the comeback with a win in L.A.

"That's not really the way we want to start," said Canucks defenseman Ben Hutton of the early goals against. "We have to sharpen up, especially in the first period. Maybe start a couple of games with the first goal."

That will be easier said than done against the Blues, who beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-1 without much trouble on Thursday night.

The Canucks will have to pay close attention to Brayden Schenn, who recorded two goals and an assist against the Oilers, and now has 14 points in the last six games. Schenn is shining with St. Louis after joining the Blues in an offseason trade from Philadelphia.

"I've got a good opportunity to play with good players in all situations," Schenn told reporters in Edmonton.

With 25 points in 20 games, Schenn has a strong chance to surpass the career-best 59 points that he recorded with Philly in 2015-16.

"Whether the Blues are more my style of hockey, or whatever, it has been a lot of fun so far," he said. "We have a good team here and it's been fun being a part of this organization. I've got a lot of confidence right now."

Meanwhile, goaltender Jake Allen's self-esteem is high these days, too. He is becoming a steady presence with the Blues after struggling in his early days as a starter last season.

Allen posted his 100th career win against the Oilers.

"I didn't know until (Thursday night)," Allen told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I don't like stats. "It's pretty cool when you look back at it -- my second really full year as a starter. Hopefully, (I) get a hundred more the next couple years."

Allen sports a 10-5-1 record with a 2.71 goals-against average and .912 saves percentage. The Canucks will be looking to put more difficult shots on net than they did against Vegas. At the same time, Vancouver will also try to deliver a more physical effort than they did against the expansion club.

"They are a hardnosed team," said Hutton. "They come with speed. They are pretty deep. They are going to come hard."

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 7:06 am 
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It will be even more enjoyable if Vancouver can avoid giving up early goals.


Probably not an issue when playing the Blues. Early goals are not exactly a hallmark of this team. :|

I hate playing against Vancouver- they always seem to elevate their game (or we play down to their level). Whichever it is, they always seem to be frustrating games.

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11/19/77 damn it’s 2077 already?

Blues win this one, they’re back on track after the game v Edmonton.

Blues 4
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glen a richter wrote:
11/19/77 damn it’s 2077 already?

Can't edit the title... oops! :shock: :doh:

And figured out how to fix it... had to edit the body to edit the title - thus the empty space at the end.

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I'm surprised to see The Canucks hitting so much. Could be a chippy game.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 9:33 pm 
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No surprise giving up that goal. The Blues have been letting The Canucks stay in their zone with possession, much too long. And The Canucks get a power play on top of that score.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 9:35 pm 
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Good kill! Maybe that will change the momentum. A tying goal before the end of the period would be nice.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 9:42 pm 
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Parayko buries a blast to the lower left, tying it at 1-1!!!

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An okay 1st Period, tied. But, The Blues looked too casual at times, losing puck battles and races. They need to come out strong in The 2nd.

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Nilsson robbs Tarasenko, pu;;ing the puck off the goal line as it was moving across!

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Blues on the power play! Let's take the lead!

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Sobotka wrists it in on a super pass from Stastny!!! Blues trail by 1!!

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Blues on The Power Play again! They need to tie this one up!

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A mixed 2nd Period. The Blues need to coast less. They'd better come out into The 3rd, skating hitting and winning puck battles.

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Sobotka should have scored but was robbed by Nielson. But Edmundson scores to tie it at 3!!!

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Super move by Tarasenko to get in on goal alone! But he fails to score.

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I guess I'm happy going into OT in a fame in which most of The Blues had only sporadic energy and lost a LOT of puck races. Let's hope they can pull it out.

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Schenn buries it!!! Blues win 4-3!!!

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Have to be happy about winning 2 of 3 on a western Canadian road trip.

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