Our NHL consultant examines Monday’s game between Vancouver & St. Louis. Join us in reading his insightful betting preview article on this contest which concludes with a selection on the total.
Blues look to end Canucks Domination
The St. Louis Blues will host the Vancouver Canucks on Monday at 8:05 PM ET. According to the NHL betting odds at Pinnacle, St. Louis is a -165 money line favorite, and the posted total is 5.0. Since the start of the 2013-2014 NHL campaign, Vancouver has gone a perfect 5-0 versus St. Louis. These teams have seen just one of their last seven encounters go over the total.
Home and Away Splits
The Vancouver Canucks have been a very profitable 22-15 against the money line on the road this season, and that includes 3-0 in their previous three. If you wagered $100 a game on the Canucks in their away games during the 2014-2015 NHL campaign, it would’ve resulted in a profit of $890. The Canucks haven’t gone over the total in any of their last four games on the road, and surpassed the number in just one of the previous seven away contests.
The St. Louis Blues have gone 24-12 against the money line at home this season, but are just 4-6 in the last ten at the Scottrade Center. They’ve also seen just eleven of those thirty-six games (30.6%) stay under the total. The Blues have gone over the total in five of their previous seven games at home.
The Vancouver Canucks have been able to generate plenty of offensive opportunities in recent games. They’ve had 34 or more shots on goal in seven of the last eight games. That trend will be put to a huge test tonight. St. Louis has allowed 28 shots on goal or less in ten of their previous eleven games. Vancouver is coming off losses in each of their previous two games, and both came on home ice. Prior to those two losses they had won seven of nine.
St. Louis enters tonight having gone 1-4 against the money line in their previous five games. They’ve averaged just 2.0 goals per contest during that recent five game funk. They were a 4-2 loser at home on Saturday versus the red-hot Columbus Blue Jackets.
Canucks still battling for a Playoff Spot
Although the Vancouver Canucks are second in the Pacific Division, they’re far from a lock to be in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They hold a slim two point lead over third place Calgary, and have just a three point cushion over the fourth place Los Angeles Kings. Hypothetically, if those two Pacific Division rivals were to overtake them, they would then have to qualify as a wild card. The Canucks currently trail Minnesota by five points and possess a narrow one point lead over Winnipeg. Both of those clubs hold down the two Western Conference wild card spots as of today.
Blues chasing Predators for Central Division Lead
The St. Louis Blues are three points behind the Nashville Predators for the top spot in the Central Division. However, the Blues have two games in hand on the Predators, and St. Louis will play at home in five of their remaining contests.
Both teams in tonight’s contest will have a lot at stake. This game will have a playoff type of intensity to it, and each club is likely to play it close to the vest. I like this one to be a low scoring affair for one of my NHL picks on Monday.
NHL Pick: Play on the Canucks/Blues to go Under the total of 5.0 at Pinnacle.