Canucks Next Game: No reason to be singing the blues in St. Louis


The Canucks will face a struggling Blues side in the fourth and final game of their road swing through the Midwest

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VANCOUVER CANUCKS

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32-26-9, 5th in Pacific Division

at ST. louis blues

35-20-9, 3rd in Central Division

Monday, 4:30 p.m., Enterprise Center

TV: sportsnet, Radio: Sportsnet 650

WHY WATCH

All aboard the high speed Miller train

JT Miller is loud and proud and a stick slam of frustration can be accompanied by an F-bomb. It’s what has always driven the Canucks’ center, but his run of superiority is the engine that’s keeping the club in playoff contention. Miller has 34 points (12-32) in his last 19 games to sit ninth in league scoring after 65 games. He has already passed career scoring marks with 80 points (28-52) and is on pace for a career high 35 goals and 100 points. He has six game-winning goals and is tied for the NHL lead in overtime goals with three.

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LEADER POINTS

CANUCKS

1. JT Miller GP 65 G 28 A 52 PTS 80 (+9)

2. Quinn Hughes GP 63 W 5 A 48 PTS 53 (+9)

3. Elias Pettersson GP 65 G 20 A 27 PTS 47 (E)

BLUES

1. Jordan Kyrou GP 60 W 22 A 40 PTS 62 (+9)

2. Vladimir Tarasenko GP 57 W 21 A 34 PTS 55 (-4)

3. Pavel Buchnevich GP 55 W 21 A 29 PTS 50 (+13)

SPECIAL TEAMS

CANUCKS: PP 21.8% (14th) PK 72.3% (32nd)

BLUES: PP 26.2% (4th) PK 82.5% (7th)

THREE THINGS ABOUT THE BLUES

* Riding wild roller-coaster: Hands up. Who can figure out these guys? Despite being sixth in scoring and top 10 in special teams, the Blues have lost of three of their last four and are 3-6-3 in their last 12 games. The fourth-rated power play was blanked six times in those dozen outings and the penalty kill had but four clean sheets.

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* Not Schenn-sational: Brayden Schenn is a driver of the offense but two goals in the last 13 games aren’t going to cut it for the forward. “It’s just the buy-in to playoff style of hockey,” said Schenn. “Wins are tough now. We’ve got to be able to grind this time of year and we’re just not doing it enough.”

* Berube’s blue streak: The Blues were bombed 7-2 on home ice Saturday by the Hurricanes and coach Craig Berube is searching for solutions to stop the slide. “Right now, the confidence is not very high — I can tell you that,” he said. “We’ve got to get our mojo back, that’s the biggest thing.”

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