Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Canucks & Blues Game Day #4

The Canucks are in prime position to eliminate the Blues from the post season tonight as they prepare for Game 4 at the Scottrade Center. The Canucks have never swept an opponent in a seven game series while the Blues have gone four-and-out six times in club history.

Mats Sundin took part in morning skate today and didn't look like he was labouring during the drills. However Alain Vigneault indicated this morning that Sundin will be a game time decision. The only Canucks that didn't skate this morning were Mattias Ohlund and Sami Salo.

Discipline will definitely be a key for both teams tonight. The Canucks and Blues have combined for 32 power plays in three games. Only the Philadelphia/Pittsburgh series has had more (34).

The Blues have not lost three straight games since Dec. 28 - Jan. 2. The two highest scoring Blues in head-to-head meetings this season with the Canucks have been very quiet this series. Patrik Berlund and T.J. Oshie combined for three goals and eight assists in four games against the Canucks. So far, neither player has hit the scoresheet.

Paul Kariya is not likely to dress tonight for the Blues, despite having skated the past three days. St. Louis may put Dan Hinote back in the line-up in place of Cam Janssen.

Here are the expected line-ups for both teams heading into Game 4:

D.Sedin - H. Sedin - Burrows
Demitra - Sundin - Kesler (Hansen if Sundin out)
Raymond - Wellwood - Bernier
Hordichuk - Johnson - Rypien

Mitchell - Salo
Ohlund - Edler
Bieksa - O'Brien



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

Barret Jackman - Roman Polak
Jeff Woywitka - Carlo Colaiacovo
Mike Weaver - Jay McKee

Chris Mason
Ben Bishop

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