Preview: Vancouver Canucks take on Blues, Backes in St. Louis
The Vancouver Canucks continue their early-season travelling roadshow on Friday, when they travel to Missouri to face the St. Louis Blues – a tough, quick Western team that has evolved into one of the more imposing clubs in the NHL since 2011.
The Blues are led by captain David Backes and a slew of sizable forwards, while the Canucks counter with a top line of the Sedin twins and Ryan Kesler.
Vancouver has survived an excessive amount of overtime games to climb to a 7-4-1 record, good enough for second in the NHL's Pacific Division, although they've also played the most games in the Western Conference.
The Blues have only played seven games and are 5-1-1, with their only loss coming to the San Jose Sharks.
Tonight's game could take a number of directions: it could be a fast, physical affair, or it could be a defensive deadlock.
Either way, have your volume up, because the Canucks love to give Backes a piece of their mind, and he doesn't mind responding: