|Time||5:00 PM PST
|H2H Last 5
||6-5 (SO) Canucks Mar 1/15
|The Enemy||St Louis Game Time||coring Leaders||H. Sedin: 16-51-67
Listen carefully to me: Throw Saturday's game out the window. Seriously. There's something going on with the way the Dallas Stars play this team, and the time to fret and try to make sense of it isn't now. Seguin & Benn can go play for Team Canada at the Worlds, and the Canucks can take care of them next year. Right now, this team needs to rattle off some wins.
On the surface, this looks like a pretty daunting task. While the Canucks have lost both games to Nashville this season, they're a combined 4-0 against the Blackhawks and Blues. Splitting this road trip has to be the absolute low bar here. If the Canucks are going to lose any of these games, it better be in OT. Fortunately, there are some reasons to be hopeful here.
The Canucks are the 3rd best road team in the West, and have done well this season in grinding out games in other teams' buildings, and have already won games in St Louis and Chicago this year. The chances of them winning in Nashville on the back end of a back to back? Slim to freakin' none, honestly. And it remains to be seen where Jacob Markstrom fits in to all this. He'll have to start one of these two games. I say play him against Nashville, and give Eddie Lack tonight's game against the Blues. No other changes for the Canucks tonight, and the Blues will be without Alex Steen.
IMPROMPTU DRINKING GAME RULES
1 Drink- Because it's almost playoff time and it's killin' me
1 Drink- If neanderthal Blues F Ryan Reaves starts running around knowing Kassian isn't there to keep him honest*
2 Drinks- If Chicago beats the Kings in regulation tonight
2 Drinks- And here's to an OT loss for the Flames
3 Drinks- For another game without Big Kass...
3 Drinks- As punishment for being so late with the preview
* keeping in mind that it's honest for a Blues player...