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GAME DAY PREVIEW: Vancouver Canucks vs. St. Louis Blues - Dec. 23/17

Can Brock hit 20 goals before Christmas?

St. Louis Blues vs. Vancouver Canucks

7:00 p.m. PST, Rogers Arena, Vancouver, B.C.

TV: CBC, Radio: SN 650

Not to put too much pressure on rookie sensation Brock Boeser, but he’s on the verge of doing something tonight that hasn’t been seen often in Vancouver.

If he scores tonight, it would be his 20th goal of the season.

Most Canucks fans assumed that is Boeser scored 20 goals total this season, it would be considered a success.

Not only will he hit 20 goals, but he could hit 20 before Christmas with a goal tonight.

It’s certainly a record that no other Canucks rookie has achieved in franchise history. perhaps Burue could have hit it if his rookie season didn’t begin until November, but Boeser has the chance to be the first tonight.

The feat has been achieved by other notable Canucks such as Bure, Alexander Mogilny, Markus Naslund.

So no matter if the Canucks win or lose tonight, just be thankful for Christmas, valuable time off, time spent with the family, the future of the Canucks and of course, for Brock Boeser.

The Opponent

While they’ve been a good team so far this season, the St. Louis Blues weren’t able to do the Canucks any favours during their recent road trip through Western Canada.

They dropped both decisions to the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers. Both games were one-goal losses in regulation. Their loss against the Oilers leaves the Canucks only one-point ahead of Edmonton in the standings.

The Blues now lost five of their last six games, their worst streak of the season. They’ve been without defencemen Jay Bouwmeester and Carl Gunnarsson on the back-end for the past few games, and neither defenceman looks to get back into the lineup tonight.

One of the biggest surprises from the St. Louis Blues this season has to be Brayden Schenn playing like a bonafide number one centreman. The Blues basically acquired his for Jori Lehtera and Ryan Reaves (since they recouped their first round pick dealt to Philly in that separate trade with the Pens).

It’s deals like that which make Doug Armstrong one of the most respected general managers in the NHL. He’s a guy that, if for some reason he becomes available, ownership and Trevor Linden has to take a long look at acquiring in the summer.

The Canucks

Well they can score, but can they stop the puck?

The answer right now seems to be no, but that might not be a bad thing.

Over the last couple of games, the Canucks have been able to score, but they haven’t been able to stop the puck. It’s made for exciting, high-event hockey.

Even though the Canucks can’t stop the puck right now, they are showing offensive promise for the future. To see Jake Virtanen play a solid game against the Sharks, seeing Boeser score, really gives Canucks fans hope.

Even the Sedins have been able to score at a point-per-game pace lately. Who thought that would ever happen again after watching the Canucks over the last two seasons.

I know most people want to credit Boeser for the spike in their production, but the Sedins have looked good even without Boeser on their wing.

For Christmas, all of us should just wish for more exciting, high scoring Canucks hockey. If the Canucks lose games like they did against San Jose, where they control the play but don’t win, it should still be considered a win for Canucks fans.

Because really, Rasmus Dahlin would be the real win for this franchise.

Game Day Battle Hymn

It’s time to rock out, Christmas style.

Merry Christmas everyone, and enjoy the game.

This post first appeared on Vancouver Canucks Schedule, Roster, News, And Rumo, please read the originial post: here

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GAME DAY PREVIEW: Vancouver Canucks vs. St. Louis Blues - Dec. 23/17


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