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Blues At Canucks Morning Open Thread: Andy McDonald Returns

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Tonight is the triumphant return of Andy McDonald, who has been absent from the line-up for ten games.

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The Blues seem to be getting healthy at the right time. Sure, T.J. Oshie is still broken, but tonight marks the return of Andy McDonald... which means that Oshie is officially the only member of the Blues still out.

Unfortunately, with the game being in Vancouver, it's a super late 9:00 start time, so some of us might fall asleep before they get a chance to see McDonald score in his return. It's all good, though, because I'm sure that the NHL's first star of the week, Chris Stewart, will score one before I fall asleep on my couch. Stewart has 14 points in his last seven games, and scored the game winner on Saturday night thanks to a great pick and pass from Vladimir Sobotka.

David Backes has been quite the Canuck-killer in his career, and I don't just mean their Olympic team. Backes has seven goals and nine assists against the Canucks in 22 games against Vancouver. No wonder they wanted to poach him from the Blues.

Jake Allen gets the start tonight. Here, to refresh your memory:


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