Blues At Canucks Game Preview: Kelly's A Great Gal

Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports
BLUES

CANUCKS

AT

Time Sun. 6:00 PM PST
TV Sportsnet Pacific
Season Series 2011-12: 2-2
Last Meeting
2-0 Canucks Mar.1/12
The Enemy St. Louis Game Time Scoring Leaders D. Sedin: 4-8-12
Steen: 4-11-15

Blues

Category

Canucks

8-5-1
Season Record
8-3-2
17
Points
18
5th
Conference Position
3rd
Won 2
Streak
Lost 1
5-4-1
Last 10
7-2-1
5-2-0
< Road Record / Home Record >
5-2-1
3.36 (4)
Goals Per Game Average
2.77 (13)
3.14 (24)
Goals Against Per Game Average
2.08 (4)
0.79 (23)
5 On 5 GF/GA
1.71 (2)
35.8 (1)
Power Play %
16.4 (20)
77.4 (23)
Penalty Kill %
79.6 (21)
48.8 (23)
Faceoffs %
49.8 (15)
310 (15)
Hits
309 (16)
176 (24)
Blocked Shots
150 (28)
59 (12)
Minor Penalties Taken
60 (13)
NHL.com

The Canucks' power play continues to be a concern. We didn't care so much about it last game because Henrik Sedin made Canucks history and it felt like nothing else mattered. The team won 6 in a row, didn't care much about the PP. But now the Canucks' "party" is over somewhat and the Blues roll in with the top power play in the NHL and may very well school the Canucks in this one if the Canucks take any penalties at all. Ryan Kesler adds a nice dimension 5 on 4. He was quite open on the left side and nearly scored in his first game back from injury. I should add that the Canucks have scored 10 power play goals this season, which is 13th best in the NHL. But they have had way more opportunities than most teams and so their average drops them to 20th.

The Blues have been relying heavily on the PP as they rank 23rd in the NHL 5 on 5. That's where the Canucks' bread and butter is. That was tops in the NHL until the letdown against the Stars last game.

St. Louis started the season 6-1 in their first 7 games. They then lost 5 straight to start February. Now they have won 2 in a row (against Detroit and Calgary) coming into this game. This will be a stiff test for Vancouver.

St. Louis is my pick to come out of the West this year. /dodges thrown fruit.

Look for the Hansen-Schroeder-Raymond line to step it up in this one as they all were -2 against Dallas.

Jason Garrison....Isn't it about time? Not a strong outing against Dallas.

TEAM ROSTERS / LINES


Roberto Luongo

#1 / Goalie / Vancouver Canucks

6-3

217

Apr 04, 1979


Cory Schneider played his way out of starting this one last game.

Sedin - Sedin - Burrows

Higgins - Kesler - Kassian

Raymond - Schroeder - Hansen

Weise - Lapierre - Volpatti

Bieksa - Garrison

Hamhuis - Edler

Ballard - Tanev


Jake Allen

#34 / Goalie / St. Louis Blues

6-2

190

Aug 07, 1990


Perron - Backes - Oshie

Jaden Schwartz - Berglund - Stewart

McDonald - Steen (Canuck killer) - Tarasenko

D'Agostini - Nichol - Reaves

Ian Cole - Pietrangelo

Jackman - Shattenkirk

Russell - Polak

KNOW YOUR ENEMY

The Blues will again look to goaltender Jake Allen to be a hero. He's earning cult status already after making what will probably end up being the save of the year against the Flames on Friday:

Lovely! The Blues drafted Allen 34th overall in 2008. The 6'2', 190 pound Allen hails from Fredericton, New Brunswick. The 22 year old has a 2-0 career NHL record (the last 2 Blues games). So he's coming into Vancouver undefeated. Let's see if he can continue his roll at the Rog.

You will notice a super kid named Vladimir Tarasenko on the Blues, who has 6 goals and 5 assists and is so far the leading candidate for Rookie Of The Year. More on him at St. Louis Game Time.


TRENDS

  • Blues are 8-1 in their last 9 vs. Northwest.
  • Blues are 4-1 in their last 5 road games.
  • Blues are 4-1 in their last 5 games following a win.
  • Blues are 6-2 in their last 8 Sunday games.
  • Blues are 5-13 in their last 18 after scoring 5 goals or more in their previous game.
  • Blues are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. a team with a winning record.
  • Canucks are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. a team with a winning record.
  • Canucks are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Central.
  • Canucks are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
  • Canucks are 19-7 in their last 26 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600.
  • Canucks are 0-5 in their last 5 Sunday games. (I blame Jesus)
  • Some crazy stats there. More at Covers.com.

SCORE-PREDICTING WIZARDS UPDATED LEADERBOARD

Twin Terror: 7

Bobby Canuck: 5

andrew21nz: 4

FormerHab: 4

Meat Mayos: 4

raincity: 4

marcness52: 3

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Nathaniel Perlow: 2

patrik e: 2

PeaceJo: 2

Sean Zandberg: 2

seedvt: 2

westy99: 2

YorkAveOrca: 2

beardstache: 1

dshaps: 1

Geordie Nuck: 1

Kent Basky: 1

KYCanuck: 1

radepalma: 1

Thursday: 1

Twitchy2010: 1

vancitydan: 1

Vancouverguy: 1

VIDEO

"Give your balls a tug your fucking pussy!" Classic:

I'll never forget this hit by Big Bert on Jackman:

One of the best Canucks' playoff series of all time:

The title of this preview post has been brought to you by Kesler, Burrows and The Movielife:

GO CANUCKS GO!

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