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Canucks vs. Blues Betting & Handicapping Preview – Nov. 4

Vancouver Canucks at St. Louis

One thing is for sure the Vancouver Canucks played a clunker last night in Minnesota! Vancouver was coming off two straight impressive wins and was looking poised to start a streak. WRONG!

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Vancouver Canucks (6-6-0-1) at St. Louis Blues (5-6-0-1)
When: 8:00 PM ET, Friday, November 4, 2011
Where: Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri
Broadcast: SNET-P (HD), FS-MW (HD)
Canucks vs. Blues Betting Lines from Bovada.eu
Spread: Blues -1 ½ (+245)
Moneyline: Canucks -105: Blues -105
Over/Under: 5 ½ goals

Vancouver gave up 5 goals to a Wild team that has averaged 1.91 goals per game this season on 45 shots (the Wild have averaged 25 shots per game)!

Now, in less than 24 hours the Canucks get a chance to ease the pain when they take on another of the wildly inconsistent NHL teams, the St. Louis Blues.

Vancouver had been hot. The Sedins were looking good, players like Chris Higgins, Alex Edler and Max Lapierre were chipping in offensively and the goaltending was coming around.

The offense, outside of the debacle in Minnesota had been fine – 2.85 goals per game this season and 13 goals in the last three games.

Goaltending was the strong suit for Vancouver on Thursday despite the loss. Vancouver will turn to Roberto Luongo who is just 4-3-1 this year with a goals-against average of 3.20 and a save percentage of just .883. He has allowed three or more goals in six of his eight starts, but he has won his last two outings.

The St. Louis Blues should be a rested team ahead of Friday night’s match – they haven’t played since Sunday. The Blues rode some good goaltending by Brian Elliot in the first meeting this season to a 3-0 win.

Blues vs. Canucks

Canucks vs. Blues Betting & Handicapping Preview

Offensively the Blues have been OK – they are averaging 2.82 goals per game and they have been getting stellar play from some unlikely sources. Alex Steen leads St. Louis with six goals and nine points in 11 games this season.

The Blues would like to see a little more success on special teams however – they are the worst power play in the league (8.3%) and they are near the bottom in penalty killing (72.2%).

St. Louis won 1st meeting 3-0 in Vancouver in a game that Elliot stole the show. He could get the nod again on Friday – Jaroslav Halak is 1-5-0 this season with a 3.58 GAA and .843 save percentage including 4-2 loss in the Blues last game.

Dave’s Free Canucks Betting Prediction:

The Vancouver Canucks have traditionally had a difficult time with the St. Louis Blues but Vancouver comes into Friday night’s game with a major chip on their shoulders. To a man, the Canucks vowed to shake last night’s loss and to turn in a better effort in St. Louis.

Vancouver was absolutely horrendous on Wednesday – there is no way that it happens two nights in a row.

Good teams find a way to bounce back – I guess we’ll see how good Vancouver actually is on Friday night.

Pick: Vancouver Canucks -105

Here are a few interesting Props for Friday Night’s game:

Henrik Sedin Points
Line = 1.5 Over (1.70) | Under (1.55)

Daniel Sedin Shots on Goal
Line = 3.5 Over (1.60) | Under (1.60)

Ryan Kesler Goals
Line = 0.5 Over (1.80) | Under (1.45)

Alexander Edler Assists
Line = 0.5 Over (1.50) | Under (1.75)

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

St. Louis Shots on Goal
Line = 30.5 Over (1.60) | Under (1.60)

St. Louis Power Play Goals
Line = 0.5 Over (1.85) | Under (1.40)

David Booth Shots on Goal
Line = 3.5 Over (1.80) | Under (1.45)

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

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