Canucks At Blues Preview: Dirty Pool

USA TODAY Sports
Time Friday. 5:00 PST
TV Sportsnet Pacific
Season Series 2012-13: 2-1 Blues
Last Meeting
2-1 Blues, Apr. 16/13
The Enemy St. Louis Game Time Scoring Leaders H. Sedin: 3-12-15
Steen: 7-4-11

CANUCKS
CATEGORY
BLUES
7-4-1 SEASON RECORD 5-1-1
15 POINTS 11
4th CONFERENCE POSITION 10th
Won 2
STREAK Lost 1
6-3-1 LAST 10 -
5-2-1 ROAD RECORD / HOME RECORD 4-1-0
2.83 (15)
GOALS PER GAME AVERAGE 3.71 (2)
2.83 (19) GOALS AGAINST PER GAME AVERAGE 2.57 (12)
1.00 (15) 5 ON 5 GF / GA 1.55 (6)
9.7 (28) POWER PLAY % 26.9 (4)
85.7 (6) PENALTY KILL % 77.4 (24)
51.9 (10) FACEOFF WINS % 52.6 (7)
236 (12) HITS
143 (30)
173 (2) BLOCKED SHOTS 99 (30)
44 (19) MINOR PENALTIES TAKEN 35 (8)
NHL.COM

Alright, here's the situation

The Blues are coming off a 6-day vacation.

6 days off. The last game the Blues played was October 18, a 4-3 loss to the Jets. October 18. Miley Cyrus had a hit back then. Ken Hitchcock was 100 pounds lighter. Gas was 10 cents per liter cheaper. The Blues have only played 7 games so far, the lowest in the NHL. The Canucks have played 12, which at this moment is the most games played by any NHL team. The Canucks have played 4 games since October 18. So we know the buildup for this game, don't worry. We know the worry: FATIGUE! It's a back-to-back situation again for the Canucks after a decent win in New Jersey. Vancouver has a terrific 4-1-1 record on this road trip and for the first time in their history come out of a road trip THIS LONG with a winning record.

So the signs point to a Vancouver loss, don't they? Alex Steen leads the Blues with a colossal 7 goals and 11 points in 7 games played. The Steen Machine. Canucks are toast.

Former Canuck rental Derek Roy has 2 goals and 6 points in 7 games. On par for 80 points (I told you so). Canucks are so toast.

The Blues have a couple guys with names that will give you a nerdgasm: Schwartz and Shattenkirk. Canucks are DOOMED I SAY!

The Blues will not have Maxim Lapierre though (DAMN!):

That prompted St. Louis Game Time's J-Mill to create a post called "Please Get Maxim Lapierre Off My Hockey Team". Kind of difficult to disagree with the vast majority of that post. Lapierre is not even playing 10:00 per game in St. Louis. His faceoff winning percentage in 46.7%. He has no points in 5 games. But hell, we loved him in Vancouver in 2011. Yes we did. The Yappy Lappy performed heroically as a bottom 6 guy in the 2011 Playoffs.

I don't have much to say about the hit on Dan Boyle. First of all, I don't get all emotional over players getting taken off on stretchers under those circumstances. People get too bent out of shape when they see the visual of it and freak out. Perhaps if Boyle didn't stumble just before Lappy hit him this wouldn't have happened. Lappy got 5 games for it. It's done.We won't play against Yappy....this time.

Honestly, I don't really even care about NHL news anymore. I don't care who gets suspended, as long as it's not a Canuck. I have other areas to waste, anger and time on in life. The NHL is turning into a pathetic sport with all these damned rules. It's embarrassing really.

CANUCKS RECALL TWO MORE FROM UTICA

With both Dale Weise and (surprise!) David Booth leaving the Devils game with injuries, the Canucks recalled The ArchBishop Darren Archibald and Pew Pew! Pascal Pelletier on Thursday night. The re-assigned Yann Sauve, we they had called up earlier Thursday for salary cap purposes. Left winger Archibald has 1 goal and 1 assist in 4 games so far with Utica this season. Centerman Pelletier has a very impressive 2 goals and 5 assists in 4 games.

BURR RETURN?

It would be most-excellent if Alexandre Burrows would return for this one, but his status is up in the air. Throw Burr, Archibald and Pelletier in there and the Canucks have 3 fresh bodies added to a road-weary team. Burrows has a bit of history with St. Louis:

SUCK IT!

Also this:

It never gets old, does it?

ALL PRAISE BE TO HANK!

Over the hill? F*** that! Henrik Sedin's 15 points in 11 games is phenomenal. Those brothers have plenty left in the tank.And a huge tip of the hat to Torts for using them in all facets and being creative with their linemates.

YOU MADE MY SHITLIST

Nobody. Not after that win in NJ. Hamhuis still looks off to me though. What a contrast from last season when he was the team's best player. I still see him struggling to make crisp passes out of his zone. I actually question a lot of his judgement lately. It's not enough to be on the shitlist though. I'm just saying he's CLOSE, damn it!

There are no words to describe Booth right now. Fuck him. Period. OK, even though injured, David Booth is on my shitlist. And Tortorella's as well. I think his days here are numbered. Go on the LTIR and stay there!

SCORE-PREDICTING WIZARDS UPDATE

Nathaniel Perlow: 6

marcness52: 4

nucksandpucks: 4

Passive Voice: 4

Tim Burke: 4

Bobby Canuck: 3

Coach Ryan: 3

gmonk33: 3

Tengeresz: 3

Twitchy2010: 3

Zanstorm: 3

Geordie Nuck: 2

jwolf0: 2

vancitydan: 2

Vancouverguy: 2

Brock: 1

FormerHab: 1

Nathan k: 1

patrik e: 1

seedvt: 1

Smoboy41: 1

westy99: 1

Bobby Canuck predicted the Canucks' 3-2 win over the Devils perfectly. Way to go Bobby!

VIDEO

The last time these 2 teams met:

The title of this preview post has been brought to you by a blues legend:

My fave Stevie Ray song.

GO CANUCKS GO! One more!

Prepare for a feisty game, by the way. The Blues play with a cruel edge, and their evil side really comes out against the Canucks. Should be a beauty.

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