Friday, November 23, 2007
7:30 p.m. CST
5:30 p.m. PST
Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO
Did anyone actually notice that it was now called the "Scottrade" Center? I was still getting used to "Savvis" from "Kiel." Can't they pick a sponsor and stick with it?
- the Canucks are coming off a hard-fought, "character" win in Minnesota. On minimal rest, they overcame an extremely hostile atmosphere to shut up Derek Boogaard
and the Wild, for now. Just as they may have "looked past" Edmonton to that game, there's always a risk of "looking back" at it when it's done. There may be a little bit of a hangover, plus fatigue may now catch up with Vancouver after adrenaline got them through the game in St. Paul. Look for a slower start by the Canucks, accordingly.
- St. Louis' last effort was also on Wednesday, falling 3-0 at home to Detroit. Prior to that game, they had been on a four-game winning streak.
- Probable goaltending matchup: Roberto Luongo
vs. brief Canuck property Manny Legace
- Who's Hot: Markus NÃ¤slund
notched a hat trick against the Wild, and has been racking up points playing alongside Henrik
and Daniel Sedin
. Brad Boyes
leads the Bruins -- I mean, Blues -- with 12 goals this season, and had been on a three-game goal-scoring streak until the shutout at the hands of the Red Wings. Paul Kariya
's strong start to the season makes him the Blues' scoring leader, at 20 pts.
- Last season the four-game series between these two teams had the Curtis Sanford
angle to them. The Canucks actually went 3-1, but Jason Bacashihua
tended goal for the Blues in the only regulation win, meaning that Curtis Sanford, to my knowledge, has still never lost a regulation game in which the Vancouver Canucks played. (In a moment of accidental foreshadowing, one of the Canucks.com game summaries from last season refers to Sanford as Vancouver's backup rather than St. Louis's). Ironically, he'll be sitting tonight against his former team in all likelihood.
- Fun fact: the Blues are undefeated when leading after one
period. The Canucks are .143 when trailing after one period. Moral of the story? Show up for the first 20 minutes, boys.