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Vancouver
Canucks
43-24-10-5
St. Louis
Blues
39-30-11-2

27 SOG
33 SOG
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Vancouver Canucks vs. St. Louis Blues

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM
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Vancouver Canucks vs. St. Louis Blues
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GAME: Vancouver Canucks (28-14-7-2) at St. Louis Blues (25-16-7-1).

TIME: Thursday, 8 p.m. EST.

The Vancouver Canucks have been nearly unbeatable on the road of late. They can't say the same about their last few trips to St. Louis.

The Canucks hope to reverse their fortunes at the Savvis Center when they visit the Blues.

Vancouver has won three straight overall, and eight of its last nine road games. The Canucks are tied with Colorado and Toronto for the most road victories (14) in the NHL.

However, they have dropped five of their last six trips to the Savvis Center, including a 3-2 loss on Nov. 6.

Vancouver is beginning a five-game, eight-day road trip after Tuesday's 3-2 home triumph over Chicago.

"We're very comfortable on the road," said Todd Bertuzzi, who has four goals in three games since ending a 10-game drought. "We take it all in stride and we've had a success out there and it's a matter of getting off to a good start."

Vancouver's second line, which includes twin brothers Daniel and Henrik Sedin and Magnus Arvedson, has produced nine points in the last three games.

Arvedson scored two goals Monday. He was playing his second game after sitting out six because of a herniated disk in his back. Four of his six goals this season have come since he moved to the right side of the Sedins.

"I try to do my best every game and work hard but right now the chances are just coming," Arvedson said. "In the beginning of the season I didn't put them in. But like I said, I'm playing a bit more now with the twins too so that helps to get more chances."

The Blues managed a 1-1 tie at Atlanta on Wednesday, but are winless in their last four games (0-3-1).

Scott Mellanby had his second goal in as many nights, and Keith Tkachuk added an assist for St. Louis, which has scored only eight goals in its last six games.

Tkachuk, the Blues' leading-scorer, has nine points in his last eight games. The 6-foot-2 left wing has 46 points in 47 career games against the Canucks. He scored the game-winning goal in the Nov. 6 victory over Vancouver.

The Blues could be without second-leading scorer Pavol Demitra, who sustained a hip pointer in the first period of Wednesday's game. He tried to play in the second period, but lasted only a minute before sitting out the rest of the night.

His status for Thursday is unknown.

2003-2004 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Feb 28 '04 STL 0 at VAN 2 A. Chubarov
Jan 29 '04 VAN 4 at STL 2 M. Arvedson
Nov 06 '03 VAN 2 at STL 3 K. Tkachuk
Oct 22 '03 STL 2 at VAN 3 J. King