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THE INTRO

It’s a series now.

St. Louis outlasted the Canucks and found their opening to get back in this one. Brayden Schenn was the OT hero last night but it will be the Canucks who need to play hero if they want to put a stranglehold on the series.

Penalties were far and few between but they seemed to be timely when they were called. Being undisciplined could cost either team tonight but the Canucks power play is the one to watch as they’ve been almost flawless.

Game 4, who ya got?

Let’s Do This!™

TV / RADIO / PUCK DROP

SN / SN 650 / 7:30 PM

WHAT ARE THE ODDS?

The odds for tonight’s game are: VAN +128/ STL -130 courtesy of OddsShark.com

LINEUPS

Jordie Benn slotted into the lineup for an injured Tyler Myers. There isn’t likely to be any other changes for tonight’s game.

Jacob Markstrom was phenomenal in a losing cause in Game 3. His teammates owe him after that one.

CANUCKS lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
J.T. Miller
J.T. MILLER

Rating: 78.5#7 LW

Elias Pettersson
ELIAS PETTERSSON

Rating: 77.7#14 C

Brock Boeser
BROCK BOESER

Rating: 74.1#41 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 76.78#12 FL1
Tanner Pearson
TANNER PEARSON

Rating: 73.7#38 LW

Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT

Rating: 74.8#34 C

Loui Eriksson
LOUI ERIKSSON

Rating: 69.7#123 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 72.73#23 FL2
Antoine Roussel
ANTOINE ROUSSEL

Rating: 71.0#97 LW

Brandon Sutter
BRANDON SUTTER

Rating: 70.1#131 C

Jake Virtanen
JAKE VIRTANEN

Rating: 72.0#78 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.07#19 FL3
Tyler Motte
TYLER MOTTE

Rating: 68.8#144 LW

Jay Beagle
JAY BEAGLE

Rating: 68.4#163 C

Zack MacEwen
ZACK MACEWEN
FL4 Rating
Rating: 68.57#30 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Alexander Edler
ALEXANDER EDLER

Rating: 74.3#26 LD

Troy Stecher
TROY STECHER

Rating: 71.9#63 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 73.11#23 DL1
Quinn Hughes
QUINN HUGHES

Rating: 75.2#15 LD

Chris Tanev
CHRIS TANEV

Rating: 71.0#90 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.12#16 DL2
Oscar Fantenberg
OSCAR FANTENBERG

Rating: 70.9#100 LD

Jordie Benn
JORDIE BENN

Rating: 70.9#101 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 70.90#26 DL3

Vladimir Tarasenko and Alex Steen were both out of the lineup last night but we’ll have to find out just before puck drop if they’re back in.

After a stellar performance by Jake Allen, it’s a safe bet that the Blues go back to him in Game 4.

BLUES lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com:

LW C RW Forwards
Jaden Schwartz
JADEN SCHWARTZ

Rating: 77.0#12 LW

Ryan O'Reilly
RYAN O’REILLY

Rating: 75.8#28 C

David Perron
DAVID PERRON

Rating: 75.3#27 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 76.04#15 FL1
Oskar Sundqvist
OSKAR SUNDQVIST

Rating: 72.2#76 LW

Brayden Schenn
BRAYDEN SCHENN

Rating: 76.6#22 C

Tyler Bozak
TYLER BOZAK

Rating: 73.0#59 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 73.95#9 FL2
Zach Sanford
ZACH SANFORD

Rating: 73.3#43 LW

Robert Thomas
ROBERT THOMAS

Rating: 72.7#66 C

Sammy Blais
SAMMY BLAIS

Rating: 70.6#105 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.21#13 FL3
MacKenzie MacEachern
MACKENZIE MACEACHERN

Rating: 69.5#129 LW

Jacob De La Rose
JACOB DE LA ROSE

Rating: 68.2#148 C

Jordan Kyrou
JORDAN KYROU

Rating: 72.9#62 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.21#17 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Carl Gunnarsson
CARL GUNNARSSON

Rating: 72.6#60 LD

Alex Pietrangelo
ALEX PIETRANGELO

Rating: 78.5#4 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 75.55#9 DL1
Marco Scandella
MARCO SCANDELLA

Rating: 72.3#66 LD

Colton Parayko
COLTON PARAYKO

Rating: 76.9#11 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 74.63#5 DL2
Vince Dunn
VINCE DUNN

Rating: 76.0#10 LD

Justin Faulk
JUSTIN FAULK

Rating: 74.1#30 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 75.07#1 DL3

GAME NOTES, STATS, AND OTHER PLAYOFF RELATED THINGS

  • David Perron can be the heel, he can be the star, and he can be the guy that gives the Canucks fits. He’s found the score sheet multiple times and he’s living rent-free in Vancouver’s head. He must be stopped.
  • Quinn Hughes has yet another point, another record, and multiple plays where he looks like the most confident guy on the ice. Thankfully, Jordie Benn looked right at home in his first game back so maybe Game 3 was a blip on the radar and Hughes can get back to taking over games?
  • Brock Boeser has once again hit a wall. Sure, he’s racking up the assists but his shot is nowhere to be found. It is worrying but not alarming quite yet. Elias Pettersson has been pretty good but he’ll need to work with Brock to get him off the schneid.
  • Troy Stecher looked rattled in Game 3. Travis Green has to make sure his most important players are calm. He didn’t look calm, and again, Perron took note.
  • Does Adam Gaudette make his debut in the series?

THE TWITTER TAKE

MY 94 CENTS

St. Louis is showing they can come back in this series. The Canucks aren’t physical enough and they’re relying on past achievements to get them over the hump. The Blues do not care. The whistles in the series have been limited and it will have to be a clear* infraction to see a call. Safe to say Jake Virtanen isn’t going to be seeing minutes late in the game if it’s close again.

Jacob Markstrom has had himself a series and eventually luck will go the other way and the puck won’t stay out. The Canucks need to figure out how to get under the Blues skin again, their season depends on it.

AND ONE OTHER THING…

Is Tyler Motte on the cusp off a monster game? It sure looks like it. He’s been everything for Travis Green and I hope he’s rewarded.