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Headline: Nucks Continue Disappointing Home Stand Versus Blues
The Vancouver Canucks take to the ice once again Tuesday night, 24 hours after losing 3-1 to the Minnesota Wild and officially falling out of first place in the Northwest Division and into seventh in the Western Conference. Things won’t get easier on Tuesday; the St. Louis Blues come to town on the heels of a 3-0 shutout win in Phoenix Thursday and a 2-1 win against the very tough Ducks on Saturday.
St. Louis Blues (16-10-1-1) at Vancouver Canucks (13-8-1-5)
When: 10:00 PM ET, Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia
Broadcast: TSN, FS-MW
Blues vs. Canucks Betting Lines from Bodog
St Louis Blues +1½ -260 +116 Ov 5½ +129
Vancouver Canucks -1½ +220 -128 Un 5½ -142
The Blues have won three straight and five of six ahead of their showdown in Vancouver Tuesday night while Vancouver is clearly struggling – they have dropped to 3-6-2 in their last 11 games overall.
For the St. Louis Blues it has been all about goaltending to nobody’s surprise. What is a surprise if the fact that Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott have been on the sidelines watching rookie Jake Allen steal the starting job. He is 8-1-0 with a 2.09 GAA so far this season and has given up just one goal in his last two starts overall including that 2-1 win at Anaheim Saturday.
The Blues are still middle of the pack defensively allowing 2.82 goals per game but they have been much better since Allen has officially taken over goaltending duties.
Offense was supposed to be a weakness of the Blues this year but they have been quite dangerous. The score an average of 2.96 goals per game and are led by one of the most impressive young players in the game. Chris Stewart had five goals and seven points in three games last week, Alex Steen returned to the lineup and has three points in two games since coming back and Kris Russell has also been very good in the offensive zone.
Andy McDonald could return and give the offense a boost but TJ Oshie is still likely out with an upper body injury.
The big news coming out of Vancouver’s Monday night loss is the fact that they finally scored on the power play ending a streak of 36 chances and 11 games without a tally with the man advantage. But the positives stop there. The Canucks looked dead at times in the game and ultimately paid the price against their Northwest Division foe.
The lack of goal scoring was evidenced again Monday night – just one goal made of seven of their last eight games in which the team has scored two or less goals.
The 27th ranked power play which is clipping along at an ugly 14% certainly isn`t helping. Alex Edler is the most productive Canuck lately – he has four points in three games.
If you are looking for a Vancouver player that is Hot offensively, keep looking!
Roberto Luongo started his fourth straight game on Monday. It is likely that Cory Schneider gets the start against the Blues. Schneider is 0-1-1 in his last two starts with a 2.95 GAA and .898 save % age.
Dave’s Won’t Cost You Anything Free Betting Prediction
A few trends to consider:
• STL are 10-2 in their last 12 vs. Northwest.
• Under is 18-7-3 in STL last 28 Tue. games.
• Over is 11-3-1 in VAN last 15 overall.
• Under is 7-1-2 in the last 10 meetings.
The Vancouver Canucks still don`t look like the Vancouver Canucks and on Tuesday they host another team that is riding a high. The Blues are playing great hockey in both ends of the rink at present and will likely present matchup nightmares for Vancouver in all zones.
Vancouver has just two wins in their last eight home games. Don`t look for the Blues to be the cure!