Blues vs. Canucks - 10/23/14 NHL Pick, Odds, Prediction
Vancouver Canucks (3-2-0) at St. Louis Blues (2-2-1)
NHL Hockey: Thursday
The Line: St. Louis Blues -170 / Vancouver Canucks +154 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Vancouver Canucks and St. Louis Blues play Thursday night at the Scottrade Center.
The Vancouver Canucks look to snap their two-game losing streak as they’re 3-2 on the season. The Canucks strength so far this season has been their offense that has produced three or more goals in three of their five games. Radim Vrbata leads Vancouver with four goals, Daniel Sedin has seven assists and Brad Richardson has 16 shots on goal. The Vancouver Canucks have won five of their last six games when scoring three or more goals. The weakness has been their goaltending, as the Canucks are ranked 21st in the league in goals allowed. Eddie Lack has given up five goals on 39 shots and Ryan Miller has allowed 11 goals on 95 shots. About the only good news for the Canucks defensively is that they’re 13-15 on the power play in their last three games.
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The St. Louis Blues have split their first five games and are 2-2-1 on the season overall. The Blues are relying on terrific goaltending to get the job done, as they’ve allowed just six goals in their last four games. Jake Allen has allowed one goal on 25 shots and Brian Elliott has allowed seven goals on 92 shots. The St. Louis Blues, who are allowing just 1.6 goals per game, have won 14 of their last 15 games when allowing two or less goals. Offensively, Jaden Schwartz has four goals, Vladimir Tarasenko has four assists and David Backes has 15 shots on goal. Alexander Steen is questionable for this game with the flu. While the Blues struggle to find the net, much of their production has come on the power play, as they’ve produced six power play goals in their last four games.
The Canucks are 6-1 in their last 7 vs. a team with a losing record and 6-17 in their last 23 road games. The Blues are 39-16 in their last 55 home games and 2-6 in their last 8 vs. Western Conference. The Canucks are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
Until the Canucks can improve their goaltending and prove they can win on the road, you have to pick the Blues here. I don't love the price, but it's the side you have to lean towards if capping this game.