GAME: Vancouver Canucks (28-14-7-2) at St. Louis Blues (25-16-7-1).
TIME: Thursday, 8 p.m. EST.
The Vancouver Canucks have been nearly unbeatable on the road of late. They
can't say the same about their last few trips to St. Louis.
The Canucks hope to reverse their fortunes at the Savvis Center when they
visit the Blues.
Vancouver has won three straight overall, and eight of its last nine road
games. The Canucks are tied with Colorado and Toronto for the most road
victories (14) in the NHL.
However, they have dropped five of their last six trips to the Savvis
Center, including a 3-2 loss on Nov. 6.
Vancouver is beginning a five-game, eight-day road trip after Tuesday's 3-2
home triumph over Chicago.
"We're very comfortable on the road," said Todd Bertuzzi, who has four
goals in three games since ending a 10-game drought. "We take it all in stride
and we've had a success out there and it's a matter of getting off to a good
Vancouver's second line, which includes twin brothers Daniel and Henrik
Sedin and Magnus Arvedson, has produced nine points in the last three games.
Arvedson scored two goals Monday. He was playing his second game after
sitting out six because of a herniated disk in his back. Four of his six goals
this season have come since he moved to the right side of the Sedins.
"I try to do my best every game and work hard but right now the chances are
just coming," Arvedson said. "In the beginning of the season I didn't put
them in. But like I said, I'm playing a bit more now with the twins too so that
helps to get more chances."
The Blues managed a 1-1 tie at Atlanta on Wednesday, but are winless in
their last four games (0-3-1).
Scott Mellanby had his second goal in as many nights, and Keith Tkachuk
added an assist for St. Louis, which has scored only eight goals in its last
Tkachuk, the Blues' leading-scorer, has nine points in his last eight games.
The 6-foot-2 left wing has 46 points in 47 career games against the Canucks. He
scored the game-winning goal in the Nov. 6 victory over Vancouver.
The Blues could be without second-leading scorer Pavol Demitra, who
sustained a hip pointer in the first period of Wednesday's game. He tried to
play in the second period, but lasted only a minute before sitting out the rest
of the night.
His status for Thursday is unknown.