Vancouver Canucks vs. St. Louis Blues - 1/10/14
St. Louis Blues (30-7-5) at Vancouver Canucks (23-13-9)
NHL Hockey: Friday, January 10, 2014 at 10:00 pm (Rogers Arena)
The Line: Vancouver Canucks +105 / St. Louis Blues -116 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-NW, SNET-P
The St. Louis Blues put a seven game winning streak on the line against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Friday night.
The St. Louis Blues come into Friday night’s game after a shutout win over the Calgary Flames in impressive fashion, perhaps to exact revenge for a loss in Calgary last month. This victory marks the seventh straight win and ninth in ten games for the surging Blue notes. Jaroslav Halak played a flawless game, making 33 saves on the way to his third shutout of the season. Even with all of the injuries to the offensive unit of the Blues the team has still managed to keep scoring goals. The offensive production has been compensated using the entire roster for the Blues, which certainly makes Ken Hitchcock’s job easier. The Blues are not even with the Chicago Blackhawks for the lead in the Central Division.
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Vancouver comes into the game versus St. Louis spiraling in the opposite direction. The Canucks have lost five straight games, the most recent of which came at the hands of the Pittsburg Penguins by a score of 5-4. The Canucks led 4-2 in the third period with under two minutes remaining only to see Kris Letang and Sidney Crosby score two goals in less than 20 seconds to force overtime. Vancouver would go on to lose in a shootout, but these are the type of losses that can either be a wake up call or devastating.
Vancouver won the only previous meeting between these two teams this season by a score of 3-2 in overtime. The Blues are just 8-19-2 in the last 29 meetings in Vancouver, but St. Louis is 4-1 in the last five road games. The Blues, who are currently on a three game road trip, are probably playing some of the best hockey in the league at the moment. However, the Blues will be playing in the second game of a back-to-back on the road in this spot. This game is also the final game on the current road trip for the Blues, which often leads to teams looking ahead to the upcoming home stand. It is likely that Vancouver will still be without starting goaltender Roberto Luongo, but I expect backup Eddie Lack to bounce back sharply after the blunder at the end of the game against the Pens. It is just a hunch, but I think that a focused Canucks squad will get it done against the Blues.