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Preview: Blues at Canucks

by Chris Pinkert / Notes by Brett Barczewski

BLUES AT CANUCKS

When: Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 9 p.m. CT
Watch: FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports GO
Listen: 101 ESPN, NHL App

 

THE MATCHUP

The St. Louis Blues (9-3-3) will admit they haven't played up to the standard they'd like, but nonetheless have won four consecutive games and six of the last seven. The Blues also find themselves tied for first in the Western Conference.

"You have to find different ways to win, and that's what we're doing," Blues Head Coach Craig Berube said. "I don't think we panic, we just stay with it. Things don't go our way all the time, that's the way it is and night in and night out, things don't go your way all the time. You just have to keep battling."

The Blues will be facing some stiff competition as their road trip continues Tuesday in Vancouver.

The Canucks (9-3-2) are coming off a 5-2 win on the road against the San Jose Sharks and have collected points in seven consecutive games. After scoring the fewest goals in the League over the previous four seasons, Vancouver currently ranks third in scoring with 3.64 goals per game.

Vancouver is 9-1-2 in its last 12 games and ranks second in the Pacific Division. The Blues will face the division leader, the Edmonton Oilers, on Wednesday night.

 

1,200 FOR BOUWMEESTER

Jay Bouwmeester will become the 111th player in NHL history to play in 1,200 NHL games on Tuesday. Bouwmeester is just the fifth player to reach the 1,200 games milestone while wearing the Blue Note, joining Jason Arnott, Keith Tkachuk, Scott Mellanby and Al MacInnis.

Video: Jay Bouwmeester, players on 1,200 games milestone

 

WHO'S HOT

BLUES: Ryan O'Reilly has points in four straight games (three goals, five assists). Jordan Binnington is 5-1-0 with a 2.17 goals-against average and a .930 save-percentage in his last six starts.

CANUCKS: Elias Pettersson led the NHL with nine points (three goals, six assists) last week and was named the NHL's First Star of the Week on Monday. The reigning Calder Trophy winner as the NHL's top rookie last season currently ranks sixth in the NHL with 20 points this season.

 

HOT VS. CANUCKS

- Alex Pietrangelo has a three-game point streak (one goal, two assists)

- Brayden Schenn has a three-game point streak (one goal, two assists)

- Tyler Bozak has seven points in his last seven games (three goals, four assists)

- Ryan O'Reilly has five assists in his last seven games 

Video: Vitale, Pang preview Blues / Canucks matchup

 

BLUE NOTES

The Blues are 9-2-2 in their last 13 games against the Canucks and have earned points in six of their last seven trips to Rogers Arena… Jake Allen recorded his 138th career victory Saturday in Minnesota, moving past Curtis Joseph (137) for second on the Blues' all-time wins list. Mike Liut ranks No. 1 with 151 wins.

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