BLUES AT CANUCKS
When: Monday, Jan. 26 at 9 p.m. CT
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With the bye week and the NHL All-Star break in the rearview mirror, the St. Louis Blues and Vancouver Canucks will both be back in action for the first time in eight days when the clubs meet at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Monday night (9 p.m. CT, FSMW, 101 ESPN).
The Blues boarded a plane midday Sunday and made the four-and-a-half hour flight to Vancouver. Upon landing, the team got on the bus and went straight to the practice rink for a quick 45-minute skate to get the legs going again after the game.
"It was a tough travel day flying from St. Louis to Vancouver, but these guys were pretty good (in practice)," Blues Head Coach Craig Berube said Sunday. "They were flying out there. I thought they had good pace, they look really good to me. Good energy, so that's a good sign. We'll hit the ice again in the morning, fine tune a few things and just go play.
"Going into the game (Monday), the biggest thing for me is playing a simple game," Berube added. "Our timing will not be there, probably. Like most teams, it's going to be off a little bit. You're going to have a lot of energy, the skating is going to be fine, but the timing is going to be a little bit off."
Colton Parayko will return to the lineup Monday after missing seven games with an upper-body injury. Sammy Blais, who is recovering from a wrist injury that required surgery, is getting close to a return and could play Monday.
"We'll see how he's doing (Monday)," Berube said of Blais. "He thinks he's ready… I don't want to rush him, I don't think it's an injury you want to rush. You want to make sure he's 100 percent."
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CANUCKS ARE STREAKIN'
Vancouver has climbed into first place in the Pacific Division thanks to a run that has seen them win 11 of their last 14 games and eight straight at home.
Overall, the Canucks are 16-5-3 at Rogers Arena this season.
Vancouver had three players appear in the NHL All-Star Game in St. Louis: forward Elias Pettersson, rookie defenseman Quinn Hughes and goaltender Jacob Markstrom.
Pettersson leads the club in goals (21) and assists (30) this season. J.T. Miller, who has 17 goals and 29 assists (46 points) isn't far behind.
The Blues are 1-0-1 against the Canucks this season and are 10-2-2 in their last 14 games in Vancouver. Against the Pacific Division, the Blues have a 11-2-3 record… Alexander Steen will tie Brett Hull in games played with the Blues (744), which ranks fourth on the Blues' all-time list… Alex Pietrangelo's next assist will be the 333rd of his career, tying Brian Sutter for third on the Blues' all-time list.
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