Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Canucks & Blues Game Day

The Canucks (24-20-8) look for their third straight victory tonight as they take on the St.Louis Blues (22-24-6). In their previous meeting Jan.9, the Blues posted a 6-4 win at GM Place. Willie Mitchell (2g,1a), Daniel Sedin (1g,1a), and Henrik Sedin (2a) led the Canucks in scoring while David Backes (1g,1a), Patrik Berglund (1g,1a), and Keith Tkachuk (2a) led the Blues.

The Canucks are expected to go with the exact same line-up as the one they had in a 7-3 win Saturday against Chicago. In the last two games, the Canucks best line has been Ryan Kesler (3g,3a), Mats Sundin (2g,3a), and Pavol Demitra (4a). Henrik Sedin enters the action tonight riding a six-game point scoring streak (2g.5a).

Daniel Sedin snapped a five-game goal scoring slump against the Hawks. He is one goal away from moving into 10th place for most goals scored in franchise history. Petri Skriko is 10th with 171 career goals.

The Blues have been playing some of their best hockey of the season in recent weeks, going 6-1-3 in their last ten games. St. Louis is great goaltending from Chris Mason. In his last five games, he's allowed just four goals against on 131 shots, good enough for a save percentage of 97.0%. The club's penalty killing has been equally as impressive, currently riding a streak of killing of 35 of their last 36 short-handed situations. This has also been hi-lited by 28 straight kills on home ice.

The Blues are getting a huge boost to their line-up tonight as Andy McDonald returns after missing the last 36 games with a fractured left leg. He had a great start to the season, putting up six goals and 12 assists in his first 16 games.

Here are the expected line-ups for both teams for tonight's game at the Scott Trade Center:


D.Sedin - H.Sedin - Pyatt
Demitra - Sundin - Kesler
Raymond - Burrows - Bernier
Hordichuk - Johnson - Hansen

Mitchell - Salo
Ohlund - Edler
Bieksa - Davison



Andy McDonald - Patrik Berglund - T.J. Oshie
Brad Winchester - David Backes - Brad Boyes
Alex Steen - Keith Tkachuk - B.J. Crombeen
David Perron - Jay McClement - Dan Hinote

Barret Jackman - Carlo Colaiacovo
Jay McKee - Jeff Woywitka
Steve Wagner - Tyson Strachan

Chris Mason
Chris Holt

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