Perron and the Blues take on Vancouver to start playoff series
Vancouver Canucks (36-27-6, third in the Pacific Division during the regular season) vs. St. Louis Blues (42-19-10, first in the Central Division during the regular season)
Edmonton, Alberta; Friday, 6:30 p.m. EDT
WESTERN CONFERENCE FIRST ROUND: St. Louis and Vancouver begin series
BOTTOM LINE: The St. Louis Blues face the Vancouver Canucks to begin the Western Conference first round. The teams meet Friday for the fourth time this season. St. Louis went 2-1 against St. Louis during the regular season.
The Blues are 29-11-6 in Western Conference games. St. Louis has scored 49 power-play goals, converting on 24.3% of chances.
The Canucks are 20-14-4 in Western Conference play. Vancouver ranks second in the Western Conference recording 8.9 points per game, averaging 3.2 goals and 5.7 assists.
TOP PERFORMERS: Ryan O’Reilly has 61 total points for the Blues, 12 goals and 49 assists. Colton Parayko has five goals and one assist over the last 10 games for St. Louis.
J.T. Miller leads the Canucks with 27 goals and has 72 points. Tanner Pearson has five goals and one assist over the last 10 games for Vancouver.
DURING THE PLAYOFFS: Blues: Averaging 2.0 goals, 3.3 assists, 5.7 penalties and 11.3 penalty minutes while giving up 3.0 goals per game with a .921 save percentage.
Canucks: Averaging 3.0 goals, 5.0 assists, 8.0 penalties and 19.5 penalty minutes while giving up 2.5 goals per game with a .918 save percentage.
INJURIES: Blues: Ivan Barbashev: out (personal).
Canucks: Micheal Ferland: out (undisclosed).