Friday, November 23, 2007

Game Day Post: Canucks at Blues

Hopefully, the Canucks can carry over their winning ways against divisional opponents. After their just concluded 6-0-2 run, they now have a 9-0-2 record against the Northwest Division. Next up is working on that 2-8-0 record outside of it.

In Canuckland, everyone is still talking about Nazzy's hat trick from a couple of nights ago (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province; Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun). I don't blame them really. It's fun watching Markus have fun. I don't know if anyone noticed, but after each of his goals on Wednesday night, he actually showed some emotion. He seemed genuinely excited and that's something we don't see often from him.

The Canucks face a different St. Louis Blues tonight. Paul Kariya leads the team and Keith Tkachuk, Braddy Boyes, Eric Brewer and Barrett Jackman are having good, bounce back years. They're also getting solid contributions from their youngsters - sometimes at the expense of the veterans (Jeremy Rutherford, St. Louis Dispatch) - like Lee Stempniak, David Perron, Erik Johnson and Steve Wagner.

The suddenly potent Vancouver offense will get a bit of a test tonight. The Blues are 5th in the league in GAA (2.37) and 2nd in PK% (90.1). But if the Canucks can get to Manny Legace early, Roberto Luongo should be able to hold the fort at the other end; Louie played seven of the past eight games and only allowed 13 goals.

More on the Blues' side of things from The Checking Line.

Comments/Questions: Feel free to post in the comments section or email me at gocanucksgo10 (at) hotmail (dot) com.

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posted by J.J. Guerrero, 6:24 AM


At November 25, 2007 8:19 PM, Anonymous Rick Marnon said...

Legace didn't have much work, but he played well enough to pitch a shutout.


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