NHL Picks Blues vs. Canucks +100

Ross Benjamin

Friday, January 10, 2014 3:34 PM GMT

Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 3:34 PM GMT

The Canucks host the Blues on Friday at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada with the opening puck drop slated for 10:05 PM ET. Join our handicapper as he goes over the NHL odds to find the value for this match-up.

St. Louis Blues @ Vancouver Canucks

According to NHL betting odds the Blues are a -120 money line road favorite and the posted total is 5.5. These teams have seen just 4 of their last 22 meetings go over the total. St. Louis has won just 8 of their last 29-games played at Vancouver.

Elevating Themselves to the Top

The St. Louis Blues come off a dominating performance last night in Calgary with a 5-0 rout of the Flames. The win was their 7th in a row, and 9th in the last 10-games. The Blues have allowed just 7-goals combined in their last 6-games. They’re now tied for the lead in the Central Division with Chicago, and have played 3 fewer games than the Blackhawks. In addition, they’re just 4-points behind Anaheim for 1st overall in the Western Conference, and have 3-games in hand on the Ducks as well. St. Louis has earned at least 1-point in 36 of their 43-games this season. They’re averaging 3.6 goals per game which is the best in the NHL, and are allowing just 2.2 goals per contest which is 3rd best in the league. Tonight will be the Blues 3rd game in the last 4-days, with each of those coming on the road. They’ve gone over the total in just 6 of their last 29 when playing their 3rd game in 4-days.

Snap out of it Already

After climbing their way up the standings, the Canucks fortunes have turned for the worse of late. Vancouver enters tonight having lost their last 5 in a row. In the Canucks defense, 3 of those losses have come in overtime. They’ve have also seen 4 of their last 5 go over the total. Vancouver hasn’t played since a 5-4 overtime shootout loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at home on Tuesday night. Vancouver enters tonight as the best penalty killing team in the NHL with a terrific 89.1% efficiency rating. They’re currently 4th in the Pacific Division, and 7th overall in the Western Conference.

NHL Betting System

Any home team with a winning record that’s playing in the 2nd half of the season, versus an opponent with a winning record, and who’s playing their 3rd game in the last 4-days, has gone 104-47 (68.9%) since the beginning of the 1996-1997 season. With that in mind we will be adding the Canucks to our NHL picks for this evenings match-up.

Free Pick: Vancouver +100 over St. Louis

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