Vancouver (9-2-0) at St. Louis (7-3-1)

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  • Game info: 8:00 pm EST Thu Nov 6, 2003
  • TV: SNP, FSMW
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The league-leading Vancouver Canucks look to extend their unbeaten streak to 10 games as they face the St. Louis Blues in a matchup of division leaders at the Savvis Center.

The Canucks improved to 7-0-2 in their last nine games with Wednesday’s 4-3 win at Nashville, where they began a two-game road trip.

Vancouver got goals from Sami Salo, Jason King, Trevor Linden and Brendan Morrison, and Markus Naslund added three assists in raising its league-best point total to 20.

Naslund, the Canucks’ leading-scorer, has seven points in his last three games.

Brendan Morrison’s eight-game point streak came to an end Wednesday. He had 10 points during his run.

Vancouver is six points better than it was after 13 games last season, when it was 5-4-4-0.

This is the second meeting of the season between the Northwest Division-leading Canucks and the Blues, who sit atop the Central.

St. Louis not only suffered a 3-2 road loss on Oct. 22, it also lost Barret Jackman, the reigning NHL rookie of the year, after Todd Bertuzzi knocked the defenseman out of the game with a shoulder injury. Jackman is expected to miss two to four weeks.

The Blues are coming off a 2-1 overtime home victory over the defending Western Conference champion Anaheim Mighty Ducks on Tuesday. Doug Weight ended the Ducks’ shutout bid late in the third period, and Keith Tkachuk made up for a spearing penalty with a goal with 31 seconds to go in overtime as the Blues for for the fifth time in six games.

Pavol Demitra returned to the lineup after missing Saturday’s game with similar symptoms. He had his team-leading seventh assist for the Blues.

St. Louis is unbeaten in six of the last eight (5-2-1-0) home meetings against Vancouver.

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