NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, December 20th (All times eastern)
St. Louis Blues (14-14-5) at Vancouver Canucks (20-15-0), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Vancouver Canucks continue their eight-game homestand tonight with a visit from the St. Louis Blues to General Motors Place.
The Canucks are 4-1-0 on the residency and won the first three games of the stand before a loss to the Ducks on Wednesday. They rebounded two days later with a 3-2 triumph over the visiting Capitals.
Mason Raymond tied the game in the second period and netted the game-winner in the third to give him a career-high 14 goals and help guide Vancouver, which improved to 14-5-0 at home this year. Ryan Kesler lit the lamp and picked up an assist on Raymond's go-ahead tally.
Roberto Luongo made 25 saves and denied a penalty shot by Washington's Alexander Semin just moments after Raymond's go-ahead marker.
"I thought we played well in the first period, but we had a few unlucky breaks and they got the rebound," Luongo said. "We stayed with it and obviously we got a few big goals there by [Raymond]."
Henrik Sedin notched an assist to run his point streak to nine games, a burst in which he has a goal and 15 assists. However, brother Daniel had his point streak end at eight games.
The Blues come to town having lost three of their last four games. They were handed a 6-3 defeat by the Lightning on Friday, getting goals from Brad Winchester, T.J. Oshie and Keith Tkachuk in the home setback.
Paul Kariya and David Backes added two assists each and Chris Mason yielded five goals on 23 shots.
"They have some really good offensive players, but my job is to stop the puck regardless of what the situation is," Mason said. "I can definitely get better."
St. Louis begins a four-game road trip tonight and is 8-3-3 as the guest this year.
The Blues have lost five of their last six in Vancouver, but notched their second straight home win over the Canucks on November 10 in the first meeting of the season between the clubs.
David Perron led the 6-1 victory with his first career hat trick, while Mason made 22 saves. Perron leads the Blues with nine goals, but hasn't notched a goal in any of his last 13 games.
Henrik Sedin had the lone tally for the Canucks in the loss, though Vancouver has still won six of the last 10 in the series overall.
12/20 10:35:12 ET