The Vancouver Canucks (24-10-3) travel to face off against the St. Louis Blues (18-17-1) on Thursday, January 4th. This game will be played at Enterprise Center in St. Louis. The Canucks are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Blues are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Penguins. Puck drop is set for 8:00 ET.
Vancouver Canucks vs St. Louis Blues
The Vancouver Canucks Are Coming Off A Win
Coming into their game vs. Blues, the Canucks have a 24-10-3 record. They hold a 14-4-1 record when playing at home, and they have gone 10-6-2 on the road. In the Western Pacific division, they are currently 1st, and in the Western conference, they come into the game sitting 1st. This season, Vancouver’s average scoring margin is +1.2, which has their puck line record at 26-11. Their average home scoring margin is +1.7, and in road games, it stands at +.7.
In their most recent game, the Canucks hosted the Senators and secured a 6-3 victory. The Canucks scored five goals in the first period against the Senators and found the net one time in the 3rd period. Vancouver’s one power-play goals contributed to their total of 6 goals. Their offensive performance came with 26 shots on goal and nine giveaways.
Vancouver also picked up a win against the puck line, coming into the game favored by -1.5. The teams surpassed the over/under line, which was set at 6.5 goals, with a combined total of 9 goals.
The St. Louis Blues Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Through 36 games, the Blues have achieved an overall record of 18-17-1. When on the road, St. Louis holds a 7-11-1 record, while they are 11-6-0 when playing at home. This record has them sitting 6th in the Western Central division and 11th in the Western conference. St. Louis’ average scoring margin this season is -0.4 leading to an overall puck line record of 19-17. Their scoring margin at home is +.3 and -0.9 on the road.
Coming off a 4-2 loss on the road to the Penguins, the Blues are hoping to bounce back today. Offensively, the Blues couldn’t break through in the first period, but they scored one time in the second period and one goal in the third. Of St. Louis’ two goals, one were scored while in power play situations. Their game ended with 27 shots on goal and four giveaways.
Coming in as the underdog, St. Louis not only lost straight-up but also failed to cover the puck line. The game ended with a total of 6 goals, resulting in a push on the over/under.
Vancouver Offense Breakdown
For their offensive performance, the Canucks come in averaging 3.8 goals per game this season, which is 1st in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 28th in the league. This year, the Canucks have recorded a 11-5 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. For games with fewer shots on goal, they have 12-5 record.
This season, the over/under record for the Canucks’ is 22-13-2. Over the course of the season, they have had 24 games that exceeded the over/under line of 6.5. On average, their games are averaging 6.4 goals per game.
St. Louis Offense Breakdown
For their offensive performance, the Blues come in averaging 2.9 goals per game this season, which is 26th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 23rd in the league. The Blues went 8-7 in games where they had more shots than their opponents. However, in games with fewer shots on goal, their record was 9-9.
The Blues come in with an over/under record of 13-20-3. Over the course of the season, they have had 23 games failing to surpass the 6.5 goal over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is at 6.2 per game.
Vancouver Team Defense
Defensively, the Canucks come into the season ranked 15th in goals allowed. Opponents are averging 30 shots per game against Vancouver. For the season, they are ranked 3rd in shutouts, coming in with 4 shutouts.
St. Louis Team Defense
In terms of defense, the Blues head into the game ranked 12th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 31.7 shots per game against St. Louis. So far, they are 18th in shutouts, achieving 2 shutouts.
Canucks vs Blues Trends
- Through their last ten road contests, the Canucks offense has averaged 3 goals per game while allowing an average of 3. Vancouver posted an overall record of 5-5 while going 6-4 ATS.
- Across the Blues last five home games, the team averaged 2 goals per game while allowing 3. Their record vs the puck line in these contests was 1-4, while going 1-4 straight-up.
- Through their last three games as the betting underdog, the Blues have a strong record vs the puck line going 2-1. Their straight up mark in these contests is 1-2.
- Vancouver has done well both straight up and vs the puck line when favored to win the game, going 2-1 SU and 2-1 puck line in their last three games.
For a moneyline pick, I’m taking the Blues to pick up on a win over the Canucks at home. With the moneyline sitting at +112, I’ll be locking in a bet on the Blues straight-up.
If you’re looking to get a bet down on this matchup, we foresee the Blues winning the underdog. However, if you’re not as confident in the Blues straight-up, we’d still recommend placing a bet on them to cover the puck line.
With an over/under line sitting at 6.5 goals, we like this game to remain below that mark and recommend getting a bet down on the under.
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