Tonight in the NHL: Blues take on Canucks

Tonight in the NHL: Blues take on Canucks
February 17, 2013, 1:00 pm
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The Flyers are coming off a 4-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens that put their six-game road trip record at 1-3 so far (see story).

Many Flyer, including team captain Claude Giroux, expressed feelings after the loss that their main problem this season is a lack of competitiveness (see story).

The Flyers will play the Islanders on Monday, so until then here are some other notable NHL games to look for.

Blues at Canucks, 9 p.m.

This will be the first of three matchups between St. Louis and Vancouver this season. The Blues will be shooting for their third win in a row with rookie goaltender Jake Allen.

Blues netminder Jaroslav Halak had a 3-0 record until he suffered a groin injury on Feb. 1. Fellow goalie Brian Elliot, who was 3-1 before Halak got injured, ended up losing five straight and gave way to Allen, who is 2-0 since taking over.

However, Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo is having yet another great season. He has a 4-0-2 record, ranks second in the NHL with a save percentage of .943 and ranks first in goals-against average at 1.45.

Kings at Blackhawks, 3:30 p.m.

In Los Angeles’ home opener, Chicago came in and beat the Kings easily 5-2. It was the Kings first game since winning the Stanley Cup one year prior, but the Blackhawks are looking like the Cup favorites this season.

Chicago is boasting an NHL-best 11-0-3 record and right winger Patrick Kane is tied for second in the NHL with 21 points (nine goals and 11 assists).

The Kings started off the season slow losing five of their first seven, but has won their past two games and are looking to extend their streak to three.

Red Wings at Wild, 6 p.m.

The first time these two teams met on Jan. 25, the Red Wings won 5-3. Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk recorded a goal and two assists in the victory.

Minnesota came into the season with high-hopes after signing Zach Parise and Ryan Suter both to 13-year, $98 million contracts. Yet they have notched only six wins and do not have more than a two-game win streak.

Detroit did not sign any big free agents this offseason and have lost some key players to injuries. Datsyuk is day-to-day with a shoulder injury and Johan Franzen is on injuried reserve along with Todd Bertuzzi and five other players.

Both teams are trying to avoid a third consecutive loss tonight.