Vancouver Canucks (29-34-9) at St. Louis Blues (39-28-5)
|Date & Time||Thursday March 23, 2017, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: St. Louis Blues -220 / Vancouver Canucks +190 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Vancouver Canucks visit the St. Louis Blues for a Thursday night NHL hockey tilt.
If there is such a thing as an upset in the NHL, then we saw it Tuesday when the struggling Vancouver Canucks went to the United Center and handed the Chicago Blackhawks a rare home loss. The Canucks skated away with a 5-4, overtime win that gave fans of offense plenty of enjoyment. Ryan Hartman gave the Blackhawks a pair of tallies with his second coming in the waning seconds to force the extra session while Marian Hossa and Richard Panik also found the scoring touch. Corey Crawford struggled with four goals given up on just ten shots before given the hook in favor of Scott Darling. Daniel Sedin scored the winner in overtime with Brandon Sutter scoring two times while Henrik Sedin and Reid Boucher also joined the scoring column for Vancouver. Ryan Miller gave the Canucks 40 saves versus one of the elite offenses in the NHL.
The Colorado Avalanche possess the worse record in NHL hockey but they are professionals and are not an automatic win for opponents. The Avalanche gave the St. Louis Blues all they could handle early before running out of gas in a 4-2 defeat. The Avs offense came off the sticks of Mark Barberio and John Mitchell who also added an assist but Calvin Pickard and his 25 saves fell short of the mark as the team lost number three in a row. The Blues saw Patrik Berglund light the lamp twice with Jaden Schwartz and Magnus Paajarvi also scoring to make the 26 saves of Jake Allen a winning performance. St. Louis continued their solid play on the away from home with a 4-1 road trip.
The Canucks are 0-5 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and the over is 6-0-1 in Canucks last 7 vs. Central while the Canucks are 0-4 in their last 4 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game. The Blues are 4-0 in their last 4 Thursday games and the Blues are 4-0 in their last 4 home games following a road trip of 7 or more days while the Blues are 5-0 in their last 5 vs. a team with a losing record. The under is 6-1-3 in the last 10 meetings in St. Louis and the Canucks are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings while the under is 28-13-10 in the last 51 meetings.
The under has definitely been the right side when the Blues and Canucks meet and St. Louis has been dependable so they are my lean pending goalie confirmation...