Vancouver Canucks vs. St. Louis Blues - 8/17/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Vancouver Canucks vs. St. Louis Blues - 8/17/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis Blues (42-22-12) at Vancouver Canucks (41-28-6)

NHL Hockey: Monday, August 17, 2020 at 10:30 pm (Rogers Place)

The Line: Vancouver Canucks / St. Louis Blues --- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Vancouver Canucks and St. Louis Blues meet Monday in game four of the NHL West First Round at the Rogers Place.  

The Vancouver Canucks look for a bounce back victory to take a 3-1 series lead. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 32.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Bo Horvat leads Vancouver with six goals, Quinn Hughes has seven assists and Alexander Edler has 15 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 83.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up 14 goals on 189 shots faced.

The St. Louis Blues look for another victory to even up this series at 2-2. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 2.2 goals per game and are scoring on 14.3 percent of their power play opportunities. David Perron leads St. Louis with three goals, Ryan O'Reilly has three assists and Colton Parayko has 22 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 3.6 goals per game and are killing 68 percent of their opponents power plays. Jordan Binnington has allowed 17 goals on 123 shots faced and Jake Allen has allowed one goal on 38 shots.

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The Blues are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings. The road team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The under is 20-7-5 in the last 32 meetings in Vancouver and 21-9-5 in the last 35 meetings. The underdog is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.

The St. Louis Blues showed their championship mental toughness in their game three victory, as their defense showed up and they got more aggressive on the offensive end in the third period and overtime. I said to myself whoever won last nights overtime contest is the team I'd pick to win this game as well. An overtime win, especially on the end of a back to back, does wonders for a teams confidence. It's almost like a team won a game and a half when they win in overtime in the postseason, and it's a lot easier to show up to the ice less than 24 hours later on a victory. It gives the Blues an extra pep in its step.

Give me the Blues again, as this series is evened up at two.

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