No Binnington, Tarasenko or Steen for Blues in pivotal Game 4

The defending Cup champions are in tough against the upstart Canucks.

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This just in courtesy of St. Louis Blues insider Jeremy Rutherford, the Blues will be without star goaltender Jordan Binnington, sniper Vladimir Tarasenko and veteran Alex Steen for tonight's Game 4 action against the Vancouver Canucks.

Binnington is scratched in favour of backup Jake Allen after Allen's OT win in Game 3, while Tarasenko and Steen have both been declared "unfit to play." In effect, the Blues will ice the same under-powered lineup that they went with yesterday evening.

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As for the Canucks, they'll ice the same lineup as last night as well, with the only change being a lineup swap between forwards Jake Virtanen and Zack MacEwen.

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To say that this is a pivotal game would be the understatement of the year. The young, upstart Canucks have an opportunity to put a 3-1 series stranglehold on a deep, veteran Blues team. On the other hand, the Blues have an opportunity to tie the series up and sew a seed of doubt in the minds of these young Canucks players. Fascinating theatre. Drop the puck already!