National Hockey League
Preview
Vancouver at St. Louis
When: 8:00 PM ET, Thursday, March 23, 2017
Where: Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri

The red-hot St. Louis Blues have begun to feast on an advantageous schedule as they close in on their sixth straight postseason appearance. After defeating the worst two clubs in the Western Conference, the Blues vie for their fourth win in a row and ninth in the last 10 outings on Thursday when they host the team with the third-fewest points in the Vancouver Canucks.

Jake Allen turned aside all 31 shots he faced in Saturday's 3-0 triumph over Arizona and made 26 saves three nights later in a 4-2 victory versus Colorado. "Give them an honest chance to win and I thought I did that. I thought I played well and guys got the job done," said the 26-year-old Allen, who sports a 6-1-0 mark with two shutouts, a rail-thin 1.29 goals-against average and stellar .956 save percentage in March. While St. Louis is tied with Nashville for third place in the Central Division, Vancouver defeated the division's leader in Chicago on Tuesday to snap a six-game winless skid (0-4-2). Daniel Sedin scored in overtime of the 5-4 triumph, a contest that represented an offensive firestorm for a Canucks team that had been outscored 21-9 in the six-game slide and 15-5 in the final four of that run.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, Sportsnet Pacific (Vancouver), FSN Midwest (St. Louis), NHL.TV

ABOUT THE CANUCKS (29-34-9): Captain Henrik Sedin (club-best 30 assists) joins twin brother Daniel with one goal and three assists in his past four games overall and the Swedes each have two points versus St. Louis this season. Henrik Sedin scored in overtime of a 2-1 victory versus the Blues on Oct. 18 and also tallied in a 4-3 setback on Feb. 16, with his brother notching an assist on both tallies. Bo Horvat (team-leading 20 goals, 47 points) also scored in both encounters, but has been limited to just two assists in his last seven games overall.

ABOUT THE BLUES (39-28-5): St. Louis' center depth is under fire as the team announced that veteran Paul Stastny is considered week-to-week with a lower-body injury on Wednesday while Jori Lehtera is nursing an undisclosed injury that has sidelined him for the past six games. Stastny was on the wrong side of a shot from teammate Vladimir Tarasenko, although coach Mike Yeo told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the 31-year-old "tweaked something" later in the game. Speaking of Tarasenko (team-leading 34 goals, 64 points), the 25-year-old Russian has eight points in as many games overall and had two goals and an assist in the first two meetings versus Vancouver.

OVERTIME

1. St. Louis captain Alex Pietrangelo has collected nine points (two goals, seven assists) in his last 12 games.

2. Vancouver G Ryan Miller will get the nod on Thursday despite yielding 13 goals in his last three contests.

3. The Blues will honor the memory of St. Louis singer/songwriter Chuck Berry with music from Billy Peek - Berry's long-time guitarist - during the game.

PREDICTION: Blues 4, Canucks 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Vancouver 29-34-7-2 W1 18-13-6-0 11-21-1-2 3-3-2-0 26-31-5-2 11-10-0-1
St. Louis 39-28-4-1 W3 20-11-3-1 19-17-1-0 2-3-0-0 37-25-4-1 12-11-2-0
Last Meeting
Vancouver St. Louis
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
2/16/17 VAN 3 STL 4 21 17 0-2 21 18 2-4
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Vancouver A. Edler 1
St. Louis K. Shattenkirk 3
Goals Player  
Vancouver B. Horvat 1
St. Louis J. Lehtera 1
Assists Player  
Vancouver A. Edler 1
St. Louis K. Shattenkirk 3
Saves Player  
Vancouver J. Markstrom 17
St. Louis J. Allen 18
Season
Total Points Player  
Vancouver B. Horvat 50
St. Louis V. Tarasenko 67
Goals Player  
Vancouver M. Granlund 21
St. Louis V. Tarasenko 36
Assists Player  
Vancouver H. Sedin 31
St. Louis A. Steen 31
Saves Player  
Vancouver R. Miller 1463
St. Louis J. Allen 1296
Quickchart Matchup
Vancouver Off vs  St. Louis Def
2.25 GF
2.69 GA
27.6 Shots
28.1 Shots
29 PP
36 PK
St. Louis Off vs  Vancouver Def
2.78 GF
2.9 GA
27.9 Shots
31.9 Shots
46 PP
45 PK