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Wednesday, February 26th (All times Eastern)

St. Louis Blues (39-12-6) at Vancouver Canucks (27-24-9), 10:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - T.J. Oshie had one of the more memorable experiences during the Winter Olympics, even if the American was unable to get his country a medal.

Oshie will now focus on giving the St. Louis Blues sole possession of first place in the Central Division on Wednesday night in a road matchup with the struggling Vancouver Canucks.

Oshie was part of a Team USA squad that failed to medal in Sochi, though the 27-year-old was briefly the talk of the Olympics after he scored four times during an eight-round shootout to help lift the U.S. to a win over Russia during group play.

The forward became a media sensation and U.S. hero for his clutch performance, though he fizzled out like the rest of Team USA, which failed to beat Canada in the semifinals before falling in defeat to Finland in the bronze medal game.

"It was pretty crazy after that shootout. It's all a little bitter now that we get back and have nothing to show for it, but it was a pretty cool couple of days after that seeing some of my family on some major TV shows and stuff like that," said Oshie.

The Blues do return a number of players who collected medals in Sochi, including gold medal-winning defensemen Alex Pietrangelo and Jay Bouwmeester of Team Canada as well as forwards Alexander Steen and Patrik Berglund, who picked up silver with Sweden.

Steen continued his solid campaign that has seen him score a career-high 28 goals through just 46 games on the season.

St. Louis comes out of the break having gone 3-0-1 in its previous four while winning seven of its last 10. The Blues are even with the idle Chicago Blackhawks for the top spot in the Central standings with 84 points, three behind the Anaheim Ducks for the most in the NHL.

The Blues play their next three on the road looking to maintain that success, something Oshie believes his club can do.

"I think so. We've got some guys coming off some pretty big highs, getting a gold and silver medal, and we've got some other guys like myself and (forward David) Backes that are fired up we didn't get anything," Oshie said. "I feel like after big losses like that, it inspires you to work harder. It's always easy coming back to this group of guys."

The Canucks may have needed the break more than any team as they went into the hiatus having lost seven in a row, including a winless five-game road trip to close out the pre-Olympic schedule.

Vancouver has lost seven in a row in regulation for the first time since Dec. 26-Jan. 6 during the 1998-99 campaign and is on its longest skid of any kind since going 0-5-3 from Jan. 9-31, 2009.

The Canucks have 63 points on the season, one back of Phoenix and Dallas for the second wild card spot in the Western Conference.

The break did allow Henrik Sedin some additional time to heal from a rib injury that has held him to just two games since Jan. 18 and caused him to sit out the Olympics.

However, forward Ryan Kesler may be unable to play tonight due to a hand injury suffered while blocking a shot for Team USA on Feb. 15. He did not miss time during the Olympics, but had an MRI scheduled for Monday and is questionable for tonight's contest.

Vancouver recalled center Kellan Lain from the American Hockey League on Monday.

Regardless, the Canucks will look to get on track while playing their next three as the home team. That includes March 2 in the Heritage Classic versus Ottawa to be played at BC Place, which features a retractable roof.

The Canucks have won two prior meetings with the Blues this season and are 5-0-2 in the last seven encounters overall. Vancouver also is 3-0-1 in its past four versus St. Louis at home.

02/26 10:47:07 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NCCU 65
EILL 40
Final
NCSU 60
BSU 54
 
Final
PIT 2
CAR 4
 
Final
CHA 101
GSW 106
 
2nd
UF 46
UNC 58
 
2nd
TULSA 14
ECU 14
 
Final
BOS 102
CHI 109
Final
CHA 101
GSW 106
 
4th
TOR 79
DAL 84
 
Final
DET 88
MIL 104
 
Final
ATL 100
NOP 91
 
3rd
HOU 65
LAC 79
 
3rd
OKC 78
NYK 48
 
3rd
IND 74
ORL 59
 
Half
SAN 61
SAC 51
 
2nd
DEN 46
PHO 28
 
10:00pm Tonight
POR
MEM
10:30pm Tonight
LAL
MIN
Final
WMICH 21
NILL 31
Final
SMU 9
HOU 35
Final
IOWA 34
NEB 37
Final
SFLA 0
UCF 16
Final
MARS 66
WKENT 67
Final
KSU 27
AKR 24
Final
BGU 24
BST 41
Final
UMASS 21
BUF 41
Final
EMICH 16
TOL 52
Final
MIZZ 21
ARK 14
Final
SALABAMA 40
NAVY 42
Final
ARZ 42
ARST 35
Final
AFA 27
COLST 24
Final
UCLA 10
STAN 31
2nd
VT 10
UVA 13
 
2nd
TULSA 14
ECU 14
 
Final
NCCU 65
EILL 40
Final
KU 82
TENN 67
Final
TEXAM 87
NO 65
 
Final
NCAT 57
RAD 65
 
Final
GEOR 58
BUT 64
Final
BRO 81
PVU 71
Final
RIU 66
SCU 44
Final
NARZ 70
SOUTH 63
Final
DART 68
MAST 67
Final
WRST 59
FIU 61
Final
XAV 73
UTEP 77
Final
OSU 73
JMU 56
Final
TXSOU 71
LAM 59
 
Final
TAMCC 75
MVSU 66
 
Final
AKAN 51
MIZST 55
Final
BUCK 80
PSU 88
 
Final
PROV 72
YALE 66
Final
UGA 62
MINN 66
Final
WISC 69
OKLA 56
Final
Terriers 70
NORST 72
 
Final
PEAY 62
STEPH 83
Final
FSU 58
CSOU 47
 
Final
VALPO 66
DRAK 46
Final
CIN 69
MTST 51
Final
SDU 75
PRIN 65
Final
WASU 76
RICE 74
Final
CSFU 64
USCU 79
Final
GT 61
RIDE 54
 
Final
TXPA 79
ALAST 91
 
Final
NCSU 60
BSU 54
 
Final
TCU 57
BRAD 49
 
Final
WAKE 65
DELST 72
 
Final
HART 83
EMERSON 50
 
Final
STJ 66
GONZ 73
 
Final
CLEM 62
HIGH 59
 
Final
SYR 72
HC 48
 
Final
MD 61
MON 56
 
Final
JVST 74
SAV 71
 
Final
MIAMI 87
SALA 75
 
Final
RUTG 68
VANDY 65
 
Final
PETE 66
TENST 58
 
2nd
MARS 55
CLST 63
 
2nd
JST 49
HOF 78
 
2nd
INDST 46
MEM 56
 
2nd
UF 46
UNC 58
 
2nd
LATU 64
SAMF 43
 
2nd
TULA 67
SELA 57
 
2nd
NEB 70
TENNM 60
 
2nd
MISS 41
CREI 44
 
2nd
PORT 39
MURST 42
 
1st
MARQ 28
MSU 31
 
1st
ARK 34
UNT 36
 
1st
NCOL 39
STET 22
 
1st
IND 40
UNCG 27
 
Half
SJST 21
WMICH 36
 
1st
MNTST 44
TXARL 30
 
1st
UVA 6
LAS 0
 
1st
STLU 5
MSST 13
 
1st
COLST 9
PAC 1
 
10:00pm Tonight
UTAH
NDAK
10:30pm Tonight
ILL
BAY
10:30pm Tonight
UAB
UCLA
11:30pm Tonight
WASH
LBSU
11:59pm Tonight
UCSB
MERC
Final
PHI 0
NYR 3
Final
ANA 1
CHI 4
Final
WAS 5
NYI 2
Final
PIT 2
CAR 4
 
1st OT
NJD 4
DET 4
 
Final
BUF 2
MON 1
 
Final
CLB 0
VAN 5
 
Final
BOS 2
WIN 1
 
3rd
FLA 3
OTT 2
 
2nd Intermission
STL 1
EDM 2
 
2nd
DAL 0
MIN 2