Thursday, August 11 2022
Blues defenceman Justin Faulk clearly does not want to play games in Canada right now. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images)
Blues defenceman Justin Faulk clearly does not want to play games in Canada right now. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images)

Blame Canada.

That was the message from St. Louis Blues defenceman Justin Faulk, who was none too pleased about finishing his team’s road trip with games in Vancouver and Calgary on Sunday and Monday, respectively.

“I’m not looking forward to going to Canada one bit. But we’ll play some hockey games and get it over with and then come back.,” Faulk said on Thursday.

Faulk also indicated that the majority of the Blues would be “on holiday,” perhaps referring to the All-Star break. St. Louis hosts the Winnipeg Jets on Jan. 29 before the break kicks off in earnest.

Prompted with a follow-up, Faulk balked at the stringent COVID-19 testing measures required upon crossing the Canadian border.

“I mean it just seems to be that things are going a little bit differently up there than they are here. I like where we’re at in this country, so we’ll go with that.”

Evidently, the impending West Coast swing over the Canadian border wasn’t a distraction for Faulk, as the Blues cruised to a 5-0 victory over the expansion Seattle Kraken on Friday, while his club held a 65 percent share of the expected goals when he was on the ice at 5-on-5.

The 29-year-old Minnesota native is enjoying a nice season, scoring five goals with 11 assists through 34 games. He’s a key contributor on the St. Louis blue line, averaging nearly 23 minutes of ice time per night while owning an impressive plus-23 rating.

We could all use a holiday, I suppose. Here’s to hoping the rest of the road trip isn’t a complete pain for Faulk and the Blues.

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