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Enterprise Center, St. Louis, Missouri Attendance: 18,096
Streaking Canucks open road trip against Blues
Vancouver Canucks at St. Louis Blues
- The Blues have won six of the last eight meetings with the Canucks, including a 3-2 shootout win on the final day of the 2018-19 regular season. Despite the lopsided results, the Blues only have a 23-22 goal advantage in that span, as the Canucks won the first two meetings last season, 6-1 and 5-1.
- Vancouver defeated Detroit, 5-1, on Tuesday for its third straight win after dropping the first two games of the year. The Canucks have killed 15 of 16 opponent power plays this season for an NHL-best 93.8 percent penalty-kill rate, the highest by the club through five games since they killed all 18 penalties in their first five games of the 2013-14 season.
- St. Louis fell in overtime to the Islanders, 3-2, on Monday, losing consecutive games after winning three straight earlier this year. The Blues have blocked 20+ shots in each of the last two games; they have not done so in three straight since the 2013-14 season.
- J.T. Miller scored twice in the win over Detroit, his second and third goals of the season. Miller has seven points (3g, 4a) in five games this season, joining Elias Pettersson as the only skaters in the last 20 seasons with 3+ goals and 3+ assists in their first five career games with Vancouver.
- Brayden Schenn lit the lamp against the Islanders, extending his goal streak to a career-high five games, the longest active streak in the NHL. Since the 2004-05 lockout, only four Blues have scored in six or more games: Jaden Schwartz (six in December 2013), Alexander Steen (six in October/November 2013), Keith Tkachuk (six in October 2008), and Mike Sillinger (seven in January 2006).
- Ryan O'Reilly has 16 career assists but no goals in 35 career games against the Canucks, one of two teams he has yet to score a goal against (0g, 11a in 19 games vs. Washington). Among active skaters with no goals against Vancouver, only Niklas Hjalmarsson (36 games) has more career games.
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The upstart Vancouver Canucks will road test their revamped lineup against the St. Louis Blues Thursday night.
Winners of three straight, the Canucks kick off a four-game trip that continues on to metropolitan New York (to face the Devils and Rangers) and Detroit.
The Blues should provide a stern test at Enterprise Center. They returned home after a 2-1-1 road trip to Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Long Island.
They also squeezed in a White House visit to celebrate their Stanley Cup triumph before getting back to work. Blues coach Craig Berube saw some signs of progress during his team's 3-2 overtime loss to the Islanders on Monday afternoon.
"I thought that we did a real good job managing the puck, controlling the play in the offensive zone for most of the game," Berube told reporters afterward. "Doing all the right things. Just a couple bad breaks and that's the way it goes sometimes."
Brayden Schenn has scored goals in five consecutive games for the Blues. Linemate Vladimir Tarasenko failed to score a goal in his first five games before finally breaking through against the Islanders.
"He got a nice (power-play) goal, but he's inside the dot shooting that puck," Berube said. "He got five shots on net. He played a lot better. It was good to see."
The Canucks beat the Los Angeles Kings, Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings by the combined score of 16-5 after opening the season with losses at Edmonton and Calgary.
"We've talked about being a 60-minute team," Canucks coach Travis Green told reporters after the 5-1 victory over the Red Wings on Tuesday night. "We want to be a team that kind of plays the same way all the time. When we don't have the puck, we want to look very similar in our work ethic, in our compete. I thought tonight was probably our best game."
The Canucks added forwards J.T. Miller and Micheal Ferland in the offseason along with defensemen Tyler Myers and Jordie Benn. Rookie defenseman Quinn Hughes is settling in after getting his first NHL taste late last season.
Miller scored two power-play goals Tuesday night against the Red Wings. The Canucks came into the game determined to be more aggressive with the man advantage.
"We shot a couple more pucks, and I think it was just a matter of time," Miller told NHL.com. "It's amazing; sometimes when you simplify like that and get back to what makes some power plays good, it's having a shooting threat. It worked out tonight and it's good for our confidence going forward."
The Canucks will once again be without top goaltender Jacob Markstrom, who is away tending to family matters. Thatcher Demko will likely start in his place after beating Detroit.
Demko allowed Dylan Larkin's breakaway goal in the game's first minute, then settled in to stop 26 shots.
"Every goalie has been through that, so just kind of drawing on past experiences," Demko said. "I felt good and didn't want that one to ruin my night. It's tough. I haven't played in a while and gave up the first one, but if you want to play at this level, you've got to put that behind you. The team just did a great job. After we gave up that goal we really started rolling."
--Field Level Media
Updated October 16, 2019