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Blues vs. Canucks Betting & Handicapping Preview – Oct. 26

St. Louis at Vancouver Canucks

The Vancouver Canucks play their second game in two nights when they return home Wednesday to take on the road weary St. Louis Blues.

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St. Louis Blues (4-4-0-0) at Vancouver Canucks (4-4-0-1) Matchup report
When: 10:00 PM ET, Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia
Broadcast: FS-MW (HD), SNET-VAN (HD)
Blues vs. Canucks betting Lines from Bovada.eu
Spread: Canucks -1 ½ (+200)
Moneyline: Blues +133: Canucks -145
Over/Under: 5.5 goals

Vancouver enters the game with a legitimate goaltender controversy on its hands – Roberto Luongo is 2-3-1 on the season and gave up three goals on four shots in the second period last night.

The Blues have a goaltender controversy of their own – Jaroslav Halak has lost four of five starts with a .835 save percentage and a 3.47 goals-against-average while Brian Elliot is 3-0-0 so far this season.

The Blues shrugged off a poor start to the season (led by some solid goaltending by Elliot) and have played much better of late including an impressive 4-2 win in Philadelphia on Saturday. They have scored seven goals in their last two games as well, showing that an offense that is considered underwhelming at best can get it done.

St. Louis may not have household names on its roster but they are a solid team up and down the lineup and are a tough unit to play against night in and night out.

The Canucks played half a game last night in a 3-2 loss to Edmonton – the first half they were sluggish and the second half they poured it on an almost registered another comeback. Expect to see Corey Schneider in net for Vancouver after yet another substandard performance by Lou last night.

Blues vs. Canucks

Blues vs. Canucks Betting & Handicapping Preview

The offense has been OK but some production from the second and third lines will be critical going forward. The Sedins lead the team in scoring while the next best forward is Chris Higgins with less than half the points of Daniel. David Booth will take some time to get going with his team – he was OK on his way to registering three shots last night.

Betting Prediction:

St. Louis are 3-9 in the last 12 meetings in Vancouver and are 6-13 in the last 19 meetings overall.

Unfortunately for Vancouver, they will be a tired bunch and have the task of facing one of the hotter goaltenders in the NHL. After a hard-fought loss in Edmonton, expect St. Louis goaltender Brian Elliot to shut the door on a Vancouver team that is still searching for its sea legs early in the season.

St. Louis may have caught the Canucks at precisely the right time – on the second night of a back-to-back and in the midst of dealing with a hurricane of a goaltender controversy. Vancouver just doesn’t quite look right at the moment – take the underdog!

Pick: St. Louis Blues +133

Here are a few interesting Player Props for Wednesday`s game:

Total Power Play Goals
Line = 1.5 Over (1.50) | Under (1.75)

Henrik Sedin Shots on Goal
Line = 2.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)

Daniel Sedin Goals
Line = 0.5 Over (1.70) | Under (1.55)

Ryan Kesler Shots on Goal
Line = 3.5 Over (1.60) | Under (1.60)

Alex Burrows Goals
Line = 0.5 Over (1.85) | Under (1.40)

Kevin Bieksa Points
Line = 0.5 Over (1.85) | Under (1.40)

St. Louis Goals
Line = 2.5 Over (1.80) | Under (1.45)

St. Louis Shots on Goal
Line = 28.5 Over (1.60) | Under (1.60)

Cody Hodgson Points
Line = 0.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)

(Bet Now At Bovada.lv (Link Directs You To Bodog.ca If Your In Canada))

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