St. Louis Blues Potential First-Round Matchup Preview: Vancouver Canucks

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Defense

Mar 16, 2014; Sunrise, FL, USA; Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Injuries have done damage to the Vancouver defensive corps too, leaving the Canucks in the middle of the pack in goals-allowed per game with 2.56. They’re also very average in shots-allowed (28.7) and their penalty killing is a mediocre 83.7% Veteran blueliner Alexander Edler is a minus 30 for the season, 3rd worst in the league.

Plus-minus isn’t the be-all factor in determining a player’s defensive skill, but when you look at the Blues and see that after 73 games none of their D-men is a minus, I think that’s telling.

Advantage: Blues

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