ST. LOUIS - Having won eight of their last nine games and three straight to wrap up a five-game road trip, the Blues return home tonight to face the Vancouver Canucks at 7 p.m. (FSMW, KMOX).
Blues Head Coach Mike Yeo said he was impressed with how the Blues rallied to earn a 4-2 victory Tuesday night in Colorado.
"That last game was a real tough game for us. We lost (Paul Stastny) during the game, it was a real long trip and everyone was tired," Yeo said. "Obviously, we didn't have the start that we wanted, but it was impressive the way Jake (Allen) gave us a chance to find our game. You could see from (the press box) or on TV and you could certainly feel it on ice level - the intensity and emotion the guys brought, how bad they wanted to get that win and be able to come back in that game, it was very impressive."
The Blues return home with an eight-point cushion over the Los Angeles Kings for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference and have moved up to third place in the Central Division. To keep that spot, the Blues will have to continue to collect critical points, including tonight against the Canucks.
The Blues have split their two meetings with the Canucks this season, losing an overtime game at Rogers Arena but most recently winning 4-3 at Scottrade Center on Feb. 16.
The Canucks find themselves out of the playoff picture with just 67 points this season - 16 points behind the Nashville Predators, who hold the final Wild Card spot in the West. Vancouver, though, is coming off a 5-4 overtime win against the Chicago Blackhawks that snapped a six-game winless streak. Vancouver is led offensively by Bo Horvat, who leads the team in goals (20) and points (47).
"We have to make sure that we're sharp tonight coming back home," Yeo said. "Nothing should change… I like the aggressive tone we've had lately."