For The Gamblers!
Canucks Look to Keep Offense Clicking Versus Stingy Blues
The Vancouver Canucks rebounded from a disappointing 4-3 loss in Colorado Saturday with a 5-2 win in Nashville Monday night. There isn’t much time to celebrate however – the Canucks will be back on the ice Tuesday night to face a St. Louis Blues team that is struggling down the stretch and is in danger of falling out of the playoff race.
Vancouver Canucks (23-12-1-5) at St. Louis Blues (23-16-1-1)
When: 8:00 PM ET, Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Where: Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri
Broadcast: SNET-P, FS-MW
Canucks vs. Blues Betting Lines from Bodog
Vancouver Canucks +1½ -280 +118 Ov 5 +105
St Louis Blues -1½ +235 -130 Un 5 -116
Vancouver has won five of their last six games overall while the Blues have dropped two straight after winning a season-best six in a row.
The Vancouver Canucks appear to have the Northwest Division locked up and with that Coach Alain Vigneault took a little time to try and create a little chemistry with his forward lines. Vigneault put Ryan Kesler and Derek Roy together Monday with Roy playing wing and Jannik Hansen on the other side.
The result – three goals and three assists combined. Consider it a successful experiment! Kesler scored twice, giving him three goals and three assists in four games since returning from a broken foot that sidelined him for 19 games. His return has sparked a turnaround for this team on offense.
Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin each had two assists against Nashville, giving the top-line twins 18 points in the past six games – 10 for Henrik and eight for Daniel. Vancouver went 2-for-4 on the power play, including the game-winning goal from Jason Garrison – yes the Canucks appear to be peaking at just the right time!
The goal scoring issues of the Canucks seem to be a thing of the past – the team has scored 24 goals in their last six games!
The St. Louis Blues are in a position that they have to play some desperate hockey down the stretch. A single point separates the Blues from the ninth-place Columbus Blue Jackets after consecutive losses over the weekend. The reason for the less-than-optimistic feeling in St. Louis has been the lack of offense the past couple of weeks.
Despite winning six of eight in the month of April, the Blues have now scored five goals in five games. Alex Steen and David Perron are pointless in three games, Jay Bowmeester and Alex Pietrangelo are pointless in five games and Jordan Leopold hasn’t recorded a point in eight games. The Blues’ power play is 3-for-43 over the past 16 games – yuk!
It’s a good thing for defense! Before 2-0 loss to Chicago Saturday goaltender Brian Elliott was 5-0-0 with a 0.84 goals-against average and .968 save percentage in five appearances.
The additions of Jay Bouwmeester and Jordan Leopold before the trade deadline have made the Blues a tough team to play against as evidenced by their three shutouts in their last five outings.
The Blues will need the defense to shine again Tuesday night – Vancouver quietly enters as one of the hotter offensive teams in the NHL.
Dave’s Won’t Cost You Anything Free Betting Prediction:
A few trends to consider:
• Under is 10-2-2 in VAN last 14 overall.
• Under is 18-6-6 in VAN last 30 road games.
• Under is 18-5-3 in STL last 26 Tue. games.
• STL are 6-2 in their last 8 overall.
• STL are 2-6 in their last 8 Tue. games.
• Under is 8-1-2 in the last 11 meetings.
The Vancouver Canucks are on a roll right now and seem to be playing loose – unlike their play toward the middle of the season.
The team looks like they are having fun. This game boils down to the fact that St. Louis can’t seem to put the puck in the net while Vancouver is scorching in the offensive zone.
If you don’t score – you don’t win!
Pick: Vancouver Canucks -137