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Canucks launch long homestand against Blues

Wednesday, 02.29.2012 / 11:22 PM / Schedule

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Canucks launch long homestand against Blues
After finishing February with six road games, the Vancouver Canucks are ready to begin March by staying at home for a couple of weeks.
After finishing February with six road games, the Vancouver Canucks are ready to begin March by staying at home for a couple of weeks.

The NHL's best team welcomes St. Louis to Rogers Arena for a 10 p.m. ET start in one of nine games on Thursday's NHL schedule. The Canucks ended a 3-1-2 trip with a 2-1 shootout loss at Phoenix on Tuesday -- their last game away from home until March 19.

Thursday's action begins with four games at 7 p.m. ET. The New York Islanders visit Philadelphia, which is home after a 1-0 loss at San Jose on Tuesday ended a four-game road trip. The Eastern Conference-leading New York Rangers visit Carolina, New Jersey visits Boston and Minnesota is at Montreal in a game that can be seen in Canada on CBC and RDS.

At 8:30, Florida brings a four-game road winning streak into Winnipeg. The Jets are four points behind the first-place Panthers in the Southeast Division.

Two more games begin at 9 p.m. ET. Colorado, which beat the Blue Jackets 5-0 in Columbus last Friday, hosts them at the Pepsi Center. The NHL's best team in February, the Phoenix Coyotes, begin March by hosting Calgary. The Coyotes went 11-0-1 in February to take over first place in the Pacific Division.

In the final game of the night, Buffalo continues a swing through the West with a visit to San Jose at 10:30 p.m. ET.
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For our team, as a group, we've never been this far before, and so it's just more lessons learned, and sometimes you have to go to the school of hard knocks to find out what works and what doesn't. We've got a young group. They've played some unreal hockey here to get us this far, and we showed if we're not going to play the proper way, a really, really good hockey team is going to beat you, and that's what they did. It's a lesson learned.

— Lightning coach Jon Cooper after Rangers win in Game 6 forced a Game 7 that will be played at Madison Square Garden on Friday