The Vancouver Canucks (32-26-9) face off against the St. Louis Blues (35-20-9) at Enterprise Center in St. Louis on Monday night. The puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 pm ET.
Vancouver looks to be a solid play tonight when they continue their road trip in St. Louis.
The Canucks comes off an impressive 4-1 road victory against the Stars in Dallas, a win which definitely went against the recent series trends.
Now, suddenly -- Vancouver has registered a 2-0-1 run in the first three games of their current road trip. The Canucks have grabbed at least one point in each game. Thatcher Demko in the goal was dominant in Dallas, turning aside 35 of the 36 shots he faced. Vancouver fell behind 1-0 early in the second period, but rattled off four consecutive goals, including two goals from Elias Pettersson, plus an empty-netter for Bo Horvat and an insurance marker from J.T. Miller.
Time to Fade St. Louis?
The Blues have sunk like a lead balloon lately, going a woeful 1-3-2 across their past six games. St. Louis bottomed out with a 7-2 loss at home against the Carolina Hurricanes. Ville Husso allowed five goals on 26 shots, including a shorthanded goal by Martin Necas just 2:37 into the game which really seemed to set the early tone. The Blues have been outscored 12-4 in the past two games, making a solid 5-2 road win against the Washington Capitals last Tuesday seem like a distant memory.
St. Louis is just 3-4-3 in their last ten games and have lost two straight.
Time to Back Vancouver?
The Canucks have found success in unlikely places lately, registering a shocking win at a heavy underdog (+240) at Colorado last Wednesday, winning 3-1 behind backup goalie Jaroslav Halak. They picked up a point in a 3-2 overtime loss at Minnesota on Thursday, while registering an emphatic 4-1 victory at Dallas a underdogs (+120). Big D hasn't been a place which has been very good to Vancouver, as the Canucks entered Dallas 3-8 in the past 11 visits, while going just 6-16 in the past 22 meetings.
Vancouver has registered four wins in the past five road wins, while going 4-1 in the past five as a road 'dog, too. The Canucks definitely haven't had a case of the Mondays, either, winning five of the past six games played on the day. The Canucks are 0-4 in the past four in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation (four games in six days), so that's worth filing away.
The Canucks have hit the UNDER in four of the past four games overall, while going 4-1 in the past five games as an underdog. The Canucks have cashed the UNDER in four of the past five games against teams with a winning record, too.
Vancouver has picked up four straight victories in St. Louis, while the road team is 6-1 in the past seven meetings, and the underdog is 7-3 in the past 10 meetings. The underdog has cashed in seven of the past 10 meetings in this series.
Our Conclusion: Bet on Vancouver
The Blues are playing poorly at the moment, but perhaps a visit from a Western Conference team will snap them back on track. Of course, a visit from the Canucks isn't likely what the doctor has ordered, as Vancouver has dominated this series of late. The Canucks have won four straight skates in St. Louis, while the road team has connected in six of the past seven meetings.
You have to believe the Blues hit rock-bottom in that 7-2 spanking from the Hurricanes on Saturday night. But it's a little concerning that the past two teams have put it on the Blues by a combined 12-4. You have to like the trends on the Canucks, a team which has dominated this series. Until St. Louis turns things around and starts to play more consistently, keep fading the Blues.