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GAME: St. Louis Blues (14-31-8) at Vancouver Canucks (32-19-5).

TIME: Wednesday, 10 p.m. EST.

The St. Louis Blues look to avoid a franchise-record 11th straight road loss when they visit a Vancouver Canucks team they haven't beaten at GM Place in over five years.

St. Louis tied the 1981-82 team for the longest skid away from home with its 10th straight defeat last Wednesday, 3-2 to Detroit.

The Blues, though, have since won back-to-back games and are trying to record three consecutive victories for the first time since a four-game run from March 25-30, 2004.

St. Louis hasn't won in its last seven visits to Vancouver since a 5-2 victory on Nov. 11, 2000, but has beaten the Canucks by a combined 8-1 score in both meetings between the teams this season.

On Saturday, Barret Jackman scored at 2:16 of overtime as the Blues beat the Pacific Division-leading Dallas Stars 4-3 for their third win in four games.

St. Louis also got scores from Dean McAmmond, Vladimir Orszagh and Mike Glumac, who registered his first NHL goal. Orszagh added an assist to extend his point streak to four games.

"They say the first one is the hardest," Glumac said. "I'm just glad to have that one behind me."

The Canucks followed a 3-4-0 road trip with a 7-4 win over Columbus on Monday, their sixth straight victory at home.

Todd Bertuzzi, Markus Naslund and Daniel Sedin each had a goal and an assist for Vancouver, which went 5-for-11 on the power play after scoring only four power-play goals during the trip.

"We're confident in it," Bertuzzi said. "Too many people get too impatient with it, but you can't score every single power play, you can't score every single game on it."

Sedin, whose twin brother, Henrik, had two assists to extend his point streak to five games, has three goals and five assists during a four-game point streak of his own.

The Canucks are 82-21-14 all time when both twins record a point in the same game.

STANDINGS: Blues - 36 points, 5th place, 41 PB, Central Division. Canucks - 69 points, 1st place (tied), Northwest Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Blues - McAmmond, 15 goals; Petr Cajanek, 27 assists; Scott Young, 35 points; Jackman, 103 PIM. Canucks - Naslund, 25 goals and 57 points; Henrik Sedin, 42 assists; Bertuzzi, 94 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Blues - Power play: 15.7 percent (55 for 351), 22nd in NHL. Penalty killing: 81.1 percent (257 for 317), 20th. Canucks - Power play: 19.6 percent (72 for 368), 7th. Penalty killing: 80.8 percent (287 for 355), 21st.

GOALTENDERS: Blues - Curtis Sanford (8-12-4, 3 SO, 2.90 GAA); Patrick Lalime (3-11-4, 3.97). Canucks - Alex Auld (24-14-3, 2.80); Maxime Ouellet (0-2-1, 4.00).

SEASON SERIES: Blues, 2-0.

LAST MEETING: Jan. 23; Blues, 4-0. At St. Louis, Sanford stopped 34 shots as the Blues ended a nine-game losing skid.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Blues - 5-16-5 on the road; Canucks - 19-3-3 at home.

Associated Press

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