The Vancouver Canucks make the final stop of a seven-game road trip tonight in St. Louis, taking on a Blues team that has been waiting an entire week for the Canucks to come to town.
The Canucks on the other hand are playing in the second of back-to-back nights tonight in St. Louis, following a game in which they lost two starting forwards to injury.
With reinforcements on the way and one final game left on the road trip schedule the Canucks will have to play a smart and simple game tonight against the Blues.
The Canucks allowed themselves to fall behind again on Thursday, giving up the opening goal of the game to Patrik Elias only 5:05 into the 1st period.
While Cory Schneider gifted the Canucks a goal just over a minute later, the Canucks couldn’t help themselves, giving up the lead once again before pulling even for good in the second period.
Tonight against a fresh St. Louis Blues team the Canucks cannot afford to play from behind so casually.
The Canucks will ice a slightly unfamiliar lineup tonight after losing both David Booth and Dale Weise to injury in New Jersey. Darren Archibald and Pascal Pelletier have been called up from Utica and at least one of the two will make their Canucks debut tonight in St. Louis.
All Hands On Deck
John Tortorella has a couple of interesting lineup choices to make after losing a pair of players for the final game of the road trip. While both Archibald and Pelletier have been called up it is no guarantee that the pair will play tonight against the Blues.
Roberto Luongo stopped 28 of 30 shots in a solid effort last night in New Jersey, and the Canucks will need a great goaltending effort once again tonight if they are two take two points from the Blues. Eddie Lack was the only goaltender on the ice this morning for the Canucks and is a good bet to get the start in the second of back-to-back games. Jaroslav Halak will get the start for the Blues.
Rust vs. Rest
The St. Louis Blues have had an entire week off to prepare for tonight’s game, however the Canucks could catch them off-guard while in the middle of a road trip rhythm.
While a little rest is certainly an advantage, an entire week off can really take energy away from a team.
The Canucks are 4-1-1 on the trip so far and would likely be pleased with any points tonight in St. Louis.
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