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Sunday, January 13th (All times eastern)

Vancouver Canucks (24-16-4) at St. Louis Blues (22-15-5), 6 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Vancouver Canucks will try to rebound from a rare home loss when they take to the road this evening to battle the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center.

The Canucks were beat by visiting Phoenix on Friday night and suffered a regulation loss at home for the first time since a 3-0 setback against Nashville on November 1st, a span of 14 games (12-0-2).

Niko Kapanen's third-period goal proved to be the game-winner, as the Coyotes posted a 4-3 victory over the Canucks. It was also Phoenix's first win in Vancouver since October 21, 2000, ending an 11-game winless stretch at General Motors Place.

Taylor Pyatt scored two goals and Ryan Kesler added another for the Canucks, while Curtis Sanford allowed four goals on 38 shots.

Vancouver has dropped its last two games overall and is in danger of losing three in a row for the first time this year. In fact, the Canucks haven't been handed three consecutive defeats since December 19-22 of last season.

Tonight's test also marks the opener of a three-game road trip for the Canucks, who are 11-9-2 as the visiting club this year.

The Blues, meanwhile, had a three-game winning streak halted their last time out as they dropped 6-4 decision Friday night in Columbus. Nikolai Zherdev scored a pair of third-period goals as the Blue Jackets skated to the win at Nationwide Arena.

David Backes and Andy McDonald each had a goal and an assist while Hannu Toivonen gave up six goals on 37 shots for the Blues.

St. Louis is 14-7-3 as the host club this season and has won three in a row at Scottrade Center.

The Blues posted a home win over Vancouver on November 23 and have won two of three and six of the last nine meetings between the clubs. The Canucks have also been defeated in two straight, four of five and six of their previous eight trips to the Gateway City.

01/13 10:37:21 ET


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