Vancouver Canucks @ St Louis Blues
Scottrade Center, St Louis, MO
When: 5:00 PM PST
Where to watch: SNP, FS-MW
Where to listen: Sportsnet650
Opposition Blog: St Louis Game Time
If you found yourself somewhat conflicted by last night’s result, you’re not alone. Yes, it was probably more important that the Canucks lose that game last night, but even if the Canucks didn’t play as well as they did, the Chicago Blackhawks certainly looked like they wanted absolutely nothing to do with getting two points last night. Add in the eyebrow raising moment at the end of the game where Henrik Sedin and Patrick Sharp exchanged pleasantries in a way that seemed a little beyond the scope of a normal regular season game.
Not saying this is exactly what it looks like, but you might want to ensure you don’t miss the remaining eight games of the season.
TANKWATCH 2018: The win last night moved them into 29th place (tiebreaker over Arizona) meaning a loss combined with a Buffalo win against Montreal would see the Canucks move to 30th as Arizona would have the game in hand. It was pretty much a bad night across the board for the Canucks last-place aspirations, as the Red Wings, Senators and Coyotes all lost in regulation.
St Louis is battling hard for a Wild Card spot, and currently sit 3 back of Anaheim and Colorado for the last 2 spots. They could get a big boost though if Vladimir Tarasenko is ready to return to the lineup tonight. Tarasenko missed Wednesday’s game with an upper body injury, but we should probably expect him back.
The Canucks will be without Brendan Leipsic tonight, injured in that hit by Chicago’s Andreas Martinsen, who then was able to get some pretty cheap free shots in on Derrick Pouliot, who stepped in on Martinsen after the late, uncalled hit on Leipsic.
Martinsen med en glimrende hit og så må han i fight. Klarer den og med glans. https://t.co/AeIMGbpLcx— Skjold7 (@tskjold7) March 23, 2018
Reid Boucher, who was scratched in favour of Tyler Motte, will draw back in tonight.
Here’s the projected lineups from theprovince.com
CANUCKS’ POSSIBLE LINES
Nikolay Goldobin, Bo Horvat, Jake Virtanen
Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, Sam Gagner
Reid Boucher, Brandon Sutter, Sam Gagner
Jussi Jokinen, Nic Dowd, Tyler Motte
Alex Edler, Chris Tanev
Michael Del Zotto, Troy Stecher
Derrick Pouliot, Alex Biega
Expected starting goalie: Anders Nilsson
Sick bay: Brendan Leipsic (upper body); Ben Hutton (foot infection); Brock Boeser (back); Sven Baertschi (shoulder); Loui Eriksson (rib); Brendan Gaunce (lower body); Markus Granlund (ankle surgery); Derek Dorsett (neck surgery, retired)
BLUES’ POSSIBLE LINES
Jaden Schwartz, Brayden Schenn, Vladimir Tarasenko
Patrik Berglund, Kyle Brodziak, Alex Steen
Dmitri Jaskin, Ivan Barbashev, Vladimir Sobotka
Nikita Soshnikov, Oskar Sundqvist, Tage Thompson
Carl Gunnarsson, Alex Pietrangelo
Vince Dunn, Colton Parayko
Joel Edmundson, Robert Bortuzzo
Expected starting goalie: Jake Allen
Sick bay: Robby Fabbri (torn ACL), Carter Hutton (neck), Scottie Upshall (sprained MCL), Jay Bouwmeester (hip)
GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN
The best damn band to ever hail from St Louis. Here’s Anacrusis off ‘Manic Impressions’ with their cover New Model Army’s “I Love The World” and from ‘Screams And Whispers’ a live version of ‘Grateful’ from the band’s 2010 reunion show in St Louis.