NHL Picks: St. Louis Blues at Vancouver Canucks

As we roll into the weekend here is a pair of hockey picks from the late game between the Blues and Canucks

St. Louis has been one of the most dominant road teams in the NHL this season and it’s been more than a month since their last regulation loss away from the Scottrade Center. The Blues put up 10 goals in back-to-back wins to start this Northwest swing and tonight they catch a Canucks team who have lost five in row since posting a three-game win streak around Christmas. NHL odds this morning favored the Blues -115 but it appears that some Canuck support has flowed into sports betting shops throughout the day. The current moneyline price on the road squad is down to -107 at one sportsbook and with goalies confirmed, the “Under” 5.5 is getting pressure.

 

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It’s easy to blame Eddie Lack for some of Vancouver’s misfortune vs. the Ducks and Penguins but his team’s play in the defensive zone has been poor at time, especially in the third period. John Tortorella expressed a need to get a better forecheck going against the Pens and Vancouver did score a couple of nice goals but they will need a full 60 minute effort in both ends of the rink to get a win tonight. Catching the Blues at the end of this NW tour helps and the fact St. Louis played last night in Calgary is an added bonus. Playing without rest the Blues are just 2-3 this season and on the road they have started slow of late with just one of seven games going “Over” 1.5 goals in the first 20 minutes.

 

[quote_text color=”#000000″ text_color=”#ffffff”]Since Nov. 6, 2010, Vancouver is 0-13 O/U in the first period at home vs. teams off back-to-back wins in Calgary and Edmonton[/quote_text]

 

The Canucks are 11-6-5 on home ice this year and scoring/allowing 0.5 first period goals per game. Of those 22 games only four saw more than one total goal scored in the first period and the most recent was Nov. 22 (0-11 O/U since). A lot of the pressure tonight will be on Lack and despite recent struggles we think Lack is up to the task. Vancouver is 24-14 off back-to-back losses since 2011 and they won’t be intimidated by St. Louis but with Brian Elliot in net, goals will be hard to come by at both ends. For tonight’s game we have two plays posted.

First period UNDER 1.5 (-125), 1.5 units

Full game UNDER 5.5 (-123), 2.0 units

 

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