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Blues wrap up three-game trip Saturday in Vancouver

by Chris Pinkert / Notes by Dan O'Neill

VANCOUVER - Brayden Schenn scored two goals and added an assist, but he wasn't the only player making offensive contributions in the Blues' 4-1 win in Edmonton. Alexander Steen got the power-play on the board with the game-winning goal in the second period, and Alex Pietrangelo contributed two assists to move back into the League-lead among defensemen in points. And Vladmir Sobotka scored, too.

The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Blues, who strengthened their grip on first place in the Western Conference with a 14-5-1 record (29 points).

The Blues will wrap up a three-game road trip through Western Canada with Saturday's game against the Vancouver Canucks (9 p.m. CT, FSMW, FSGO, KMOX).

The Canucks fell to 9-8-2 after suffering a 5-2 loss at home to the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday night. Brock Boesner and Bo Horvat scored in the loss, which saw the Canucks surrender goals to five different Vegas players.

Video: Kerber and Pang preview Blues vs. Canucks

Boesner (16 points), Horvat (15 points) and Sven Baertschi (13) lead the Canucks in points. The club also added 33-year-old Thomas Vanek in the offseason to its arsenal, which still features Daniel and Henrik Sedin.

"We have to recognize and understand this is a team that is going to be looking to bounce back after their last game," Blues Head Coach Mike Yeo said. "When I watch the video, they certainly present some challenges. Work ethic, for one, they're out to prove something right now. Secondly for me, the structure they play with. They create an awful lot of turnovers and they're able to counter off those turnovers."

The Blues have earned points in six straight games against the Canucks (5-0-1) and in four straight contests at Rogers Arena (2-0-2). The Blues have not allowed the Canucks a power-play goal in eight straight games and have killed 30 of the last 31 attempts.

Anders Nilsson is expected to start in goal for Vancouver. Nilsson, who played in three games for the Blues during the 2015-16 season, is 4-1-0 this season with a 1.91 goals-against average, a .942 save-percentage and two shutouts.

HOT VS. VANCOUVER

- Paul Stastny has nine points in his last eight games against the Canucks (two goals, seven assists).

- Vladimir Tarasenko has points in six straight against Vancouver with three goals and five assists in that span.

Video: Yeo on facing Canucks

- Kyle Brodziak has a goal in four of his last six games against the Canucks.

- Steen has eight points in his last eight games vs. Vancouver (three goals, five assists)

- Jaden Schwartz has five points in his last seven games against the Canucks (one goal, four assists).

BLUE NOTES

- The Blues have points in four of their last five road games (3-1-1).

- Jake Allen earned his 100th career win in Thursday's victory against the Oilers and is the fifth goalie in Blues history to reach that mark with the club. Allen stopped 29 of 30 shots in the victory to record his 10th win of the season to become the seventh goalie to reach that total this season. Allen is 7-3-1 in his last 11 starts with a 2.59 goals-against average and a .908 save-percentage.

- Schwartz's next goal will be the 100th of his NHL career.

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