The Vancouver Canucks coach didn’t need convincing that the St. Louis Blues possessed the league’s sixth-ranked offence and fourth-rated power play. He knew their 3-6-3 slide, in which they gave up the first goal in nine games, was more of anomaly than a lasting trend.

“First of all, they don’t have a top three or a top six, they have a top nine,” Boudreau said following the morning skate. “That’s going to be very difficult to contain.”


Vancouver Canucks vs. St. Louis Blues

7 p.m., Rogers Arena. TV: Sportsnet. Radio: Sportsnet 650

The Blues’ third line had 128 points heading into puck drop, while the second alignment had 155 and the first 120 points. You get the picture. The Canucks countered with their top line having amassed 148 points and the second 129.

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