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Tuesday, February 27th (All times eastern)

Vancouver Canucks (36-21-5) at St. Louis Blues (26-27-9), 8 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Vancouver Canucks hope to complete a four-game road trip on a positive note tonight, when they visit the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center.

So far the Canucks have earned a point in each stop on the trek (2-0-1) and are 17-12-3 as the visiting club this season.

Vancouver was handed an overtime setback Sunday in Dallas, as the Stars rallied for a comeback victory. Jere Lehtinen scored with 43 seconds remaining in overtime after teammate Philippe Boucher tied the game in the final minute of regulation, as Dallas picked up the 2-1 win at American Airlines Center.

Taylor Pyatt scored the lone goal for the Canucks. Roberto Luongo was brilliant in goal, making 34 saves in defeat for Vancouver, which had its six- game winning streak halted.

The Canucks still lead the Northwest Division with 77 points, but are just two points ahead of Minnesota and Calgary.

Vancouver made a pair of trades on Monday, acquiring center Bryan Smolinski from the Chicago Blackhawks and defenseman Brent Sopel from the Los Angeles Kings. The Blackhawks obtained a 2007 second-round pick for Smolinski, while the Kings got a second-round pick in 2007 or 2008 and a 2008 fourth-rounder for Sopel.

Smolinski has 14 goals and 23 assists this year. Sopel, who spent six previous seasons with the Canucks from 1998-2004, has four goals and 19 helpers.

Meanwhile, the Blues will try to rebound from Sunday's lopsided loss to the Blackhawks. Duncan Keith, Adrian Aucoin and Smolinski each scored first-period goals as Chicago smoked visiting St. Louis, 5-1.

Lee Stempniak scored the lone-goal for the Blues, who came out flat after trading forward Keith Tkachuk to the Atlanta Thrashers on Sunday morning. St. Louis received forward Glen Metropolit, first and third-round draft choices in 2007 and a second-round pick in 2008.

St. Louis netminder Curtis Sanford gave up four goals on just 11 shots before being replaced by Jason Bacashihua in the third period.

The Blues are 14 points behind Calgary and Minnesota for the final postseason berths in the Western Conference.

The Canucks are 2-0 in the series with the Blues this year, but St. Louis has taken four of the last six meetings overall. Vancouver has also lost in four of six and seven of its last 10 trips to the Gateway City.

02/27 10:47:17 ET

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