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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Vancouver Canucks will attempt to defy their critics again Tuesday night.Experts, ranging from USA Today to ESPN to EA Sports, have predicted that the Canucks will finish last in the 30-team NHL this season. But Vancouver is unbeaten (2-0-0) in the young campaign heading into Tuesdays home date with the St. Louis Blues, who are also undefeated (3-0-0).Id like to say (the fast start to the season) probably doesnt make a difference, but I do think it makes a difference, said Canucks coach Willie Desjardins. Its hard if you go out and lose.Vancouver, which is attempting to get back to the playoffs after missing the post-season in 2015-16, pulled off back-to-back wins Saturday and Sunday over the Calgary Flames and Carolina Hurricanes. In both cases, center Brandon Sutter, who missed most of last season with jaw and leg injuries, scored the winning goals.The Canucks received points from a range of players in the first two games -- not just stars Daniel and Henrik Sedin, who were relied upon for most of the teams offense in the past.Contrary to last season, Vancouver also displayed an ability to overcome deficits. It beat Carolina by scoring four unanswered goals after the Hurricanes built a 3-0 lead. The Canucks negated a 1-0 deficit in a 2-1 win over Calgary.By comparison, Vancouver won only three of 34 games in which they trailed after two periods in 2015-16.To come from behind twice like that in our own rink is big, something that we didnt do very well last year, said Sutter, who also had an assist against Carolina. It seemed like those close games at the start of the year last year, we ended up losing in overtime and shootouts.But the chances of coming back against the Blues, a stingy defensive team, will be difficult at best, even though the visitors are battling early injuries. St. Louis allowed only six goals in its first three games -- two in each contest, to be precise -- while beating the Chicago Blackhawks, Minnesota Wild and New York Rangers.Meanwhile, the Blues scored 11 goals in the same span. Center Paul Stastny leads the way offensively with two goals and four assists, while winger Vladimir Tarasenko furnished three goals and two assists, and fellow winger Thomas Steen chipped in a goal and three helpers.Stastny and Steen are doing everything for us right now, said Blues coach Ken Hitchcock. Theyre killing all the penalties, theyre on the power play, theyre out against the top line, theyre playing huge minutes. Both guys are carrying the day for us.St. Louis will attempt to start a season 4-0 for only the second time in franchise history. It initially achieved the feat just three seasons ago, in 2013-14.But even after starting the current campaign with three wins in four nights, the demanding Hitchcock wants to see better efforts from other players -- particularly forwards.We need more participants, said Hitchcock. We need more people giving us better minutes up front. We just cant keep relying on the same two or three guys all the time.Lineup changes are inevitable as Hitchcock deals with the teams injury situation. The Blues lost three players to upper-body injuries during the first two periods of Saturday nights win over the New York Rangers -- centers Kyle Brodziak and Jori Lehtera and defenseman Carl Gunarrasson.Lehtera did not travel to Vancouver, while Brodziak and Gunnarsson are both listed as day-to-day. St. Louis elected not to call up any players from its AHL farm club in Chicago.Meanwhile, winger Jaden Schwartz could make his regular-season debut for the Blues after suffering an elbow injury in the preseason. Schwartz, who signed a five-year, $26.75-million contract on July 15, is starting the season late for the second straight year. He missed the first 49 games in 2015-16 with a fractured left ankle.The Canucks remained healthy through their first two games, although winger Anton Rodin has been sidelined with a sore knee since the preseason. The problem stems from a severed tendon which Rodin suffered last season while playing in Sweden. He underwent surgery to fix the problem but has been experiencing swelling and soreness.Vancouver winger Jack Skille, who cracked the roster after a successful tryout in preseason, could make his debut for the Canucks. Skille is expected to replace forward Brendan Gaunce, who has not done anything overly exciting in the first two games.Tuesdays game is the third of a four-game opening homestand for the Canucks, who are looking to make amends for a slow start last season -- and give their critics less material. Discount Chiefs Jerseys . No. 13-seeded John Isner and No. 21 Philipp Kohlschreiber were among six players who dropped out of the tournament on Tuesday, joining No. 12 seed Tommy Haas and two other players who withdrew on Monday. Wholesale Chiefs Jerseys . Halladay signed a one-day contract with the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday that allowed the veteran right-hander to retire as a member of team with which he broke into the majors and spent the bulk of his distinguished 16-year career. http://www.cheapchiefsjerseyschina.com/ . Ancelotti says Ronaldo has recovered from a hamstring injury but "but he doesnt feel comfortable yet so we wont risk him." 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Martinez extended his hitting streak to 14 games with an RBI double in the second inning, and the Detroit Tigers went on to a 7-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Friday night. Martinez also drew a bases-loaded walk in the first, when the Tigers scored five runs to break the game open early. The Tigers scored four runs before making an out when their first six hitters reached base off Texas rookie Justin Grimm (7-7). Grimm held Detroit to two runs in 6 2-3 innings in a May outing, but the right-hander didnt fare nearly as well this time. "We didnt know much about him (in May), and we were taking pitches, he was getting ahead in the count," Detroit outfielder Torii Hunter said. "This time we just had a different attack plan, and went out there and we swung the bats, and we got him early." Doug Fister (7-5) allowed two runs in the fourth but was otherwise sharp for Detroit. Hunter, Prince Fielder, Jhonny Peralta and Austin Jackson had two hits apiece for the Tigers, and Martinez improved his average in July to .438. Martinez got off to a slow start after missing all of 2012 with a knee injury, but his season average is up to .261 now. "I think the biggest key is these teammates Ive got. Theyve been sticking with me," he said. "I really believe that when Im healthy, I can really help this team win ballgames." Detroits Miguel Cabrera hit a sacrifice fly for his 95th RBI of the year. A.J. Pierzynski homered and had three hits for the Rangers. Jackson and Hunter started the bottom of the first with back-to-back doubles for a 1-0 lead, and after a walk to Cabrera and a single by Fielder, Martinez drew a walk to force in a run. Peralta followed with a two-run double to make it 4-0. After Andy Dirks struck out, Alex Avilas single scored Martinez. Jackson led off with a single in the second, aand after advancing to third on a single by Hunter, he scored on Cabreras flyout.dddddddddddd One out later, Martinez doubled to left. The relay home appeared to beat Hunter, but the Detroit baserunner got his hand in with a nice slide. "Ive been doing that for a while," Hunter said jokingly. "Thats just athletic ability, instincts. Everybodys not born with it, Im sorry." Grimm allowed seven runs and 10 hits in 3 1-3 innings. Just when the right-hander appeared to be settling in finally, he had to come out of the game in the fourth because of a sore right forearm. "Well have to see, but that was his last start before the break, so well have some time to get him OK," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. Fister allowed two runs and eight hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out five. Texas scored twice in the fourth on a solo homer by Pierzynski and an RBI single by Jurickson Profar. But the Rangers left the bases loaded that inning and never got a better chance to get back in the game. Detroit was coming off a heated 6-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox in which reliever Luke Putkonen and manager Jim Leyland were ejected amid a bench-clearing altercation in the sixth inning. Leyland was more than ready to move on Friday, and the Tigers wasted little time delighting the home crowd in this matchup of the teams that have represented the American League in the World Series for the last three years. Bruce Rondon, Detroits hard-throwing rookie reliever, came on to replace Fister and got four straight outs. He fanned Nelson Cruz on a 100-mph fastball to end the Texas seventh. Drew Smyly relieved Rondon and got four outs for the Tigers, and Joaquin Benoit came on in a non-save situation and struck out Cruz with men on first and third to end it. 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