Monday, April 13, 2009

Canucks & Blues Practice Monday

The Canucks were back on the ice at GM Place today for their first practice in preparing for their opening round playoff series against the St. Louis Blues. All Canucks were present and accounted for, except for Willie Mitchell, who the coaches let stay off the ice for a maintenance day.

Nothing earth-shattering took place at practice. The team is scheduled to skate again at 11:00am tomorrow morning. The Canucks finished off the regular season at 45-27-10=100pts, compared to last season's record of 39-33-10=88pts. Vancouver finished off this year with 246 goals for and 220 goals against. Last year, the Canucks had 213GF and 215GA.

The Blues arrived in Vancouver last night after finishing off the season with a 1-0 win in Denver yesterday against the Colorado Avalanche. Only a handful of players skated at GM Place this afternoon, but their full line-up is expected to skate tomorrow.

The Blues, who finished 6th in the Western Conference at 41-31-10=92pts had a dramatic turnaround from last season, one that saw them finish 14th in the West at 33-36-13=79pts. Only Boston and Chicago had bigger point increases from last season to this season. The Blues had the same amount of goals for as they did goals against this season (233). Last season, the Blues had 205GF and 237GA.

Blues Head Coach Andy Murray indicated today that there is no update on the status of Paul Kariya and whether or not he'll be healthy enough to appear in this series for St. Louis.

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