The NHL is set up with another great slate of hockey throughout March 30. Six games are up on the board throughout Wednesday night. One of these games will be between the St. Louis Blues and the Vancouver Canucks. These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 10:00 PM Eastern time.
St. Louis has earned a record of 36-20-9 throughout this season, which has them sitting in third place of the Central division. The Blues are coming off a win in their last game, but have lost five of their last seven. St. Louis are three points out of the second spot and have a one point lead on fourth place in the division. The Blues will look to come out fast on the road in this one.
The Canucks have put up a record of 32-27-9 so far this season, which has them sitting in fifth place of the Pacific division. Vancouver is coming off a loss in their last game and have lost five of their last seven. The Canucks are three points out of a wild card spot entering this one. Vancouver will look to close that gap with a big win at home.
These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. The Blues have struggled a bit as of late, but are still comfortable in a playoff spot. Vancouver is looking to make a late push at a playoff spot. If either team can come out quickly, it could be enough for the win in this one.
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:
|St. Louis Blues||-1 ½ (+210)||-103||Over 6 (-101)|
|Vancouver Canucks||+1 ½ (-250)||-107||Under 6 (-109)|
|Team Data||St. Louis Blues||Vancouver Canucks|
|Away/ Home Record||15-11-5||14-13-5|
|Goals Per Game||3.51||2.79|
|Goals Per Game Away/ Home||3.35||2.72|
|Save Percentage Away/ Home||.907||.918|
St. Louis Blues
- 4-9 in March
- 16-13 after a win by two or more goals
- 19-13 after scoring four or more goals
- 6-4 after three straight home games
- 14-16 against team with a losing record
- 6-7 in March
- 9-11 after allowing four goals or more
- 8-10 after a loss by two or more goals
- 6-9 after scoring one goal or less
- 10-10 after three or more straight road games
- 15-21 against team with a winning record
These two teams have met up twice throughout this season. Vancouver hosted the first game on January 23. Justin Faulk had a goal and an assist, while Vladimir Tarasenko put up two assists. Ville Husso finished with 38 saves on 39 shots as the Blues won 3-1. The second game was in St. Louis on March 28. Tarasenko had two goals and an assist, while Husso stopped 35 of their 36 shots as the Blues won 4-1.
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The Blues have been strong on special teams throughout this season. St. Louis has scored on 49 of their 190 power play attempts, which is a 25.8 percent power play. The Blues have killed off 157 of their opponents 190 power play chances, which is an 82.6 percent kill rate. St. Louis is 4th on the power play and 7th on the kill this season.
Vancouver has been solid on the power play so far this season. The Canucks have capitalized on 45 of their 208 power play opportunities, which is a 21.6 percent success rate. Vancouver has given up 52 power play goals on 191 penalties against, which is a 72.8 percent penalty kill. The Canucks are 15th on the man advantage and 31st on the penalty kill.
These two teams have been solid throughout this season on the power play. St. Louis has the better power play and penalty kill and will look to use it to their advantage. The Blues will look to step up early in this matchup, while Vancouver needs their penalty kill to step up. If either team can get a power play goal in this one, it could be the difference in the matchup.
I expect Ville Husso to get the nod between the pipes for St. Louis in this one. Husso has started in 28 games this season, going 17-6-4 in those matchups. He has posted a .924 save percentage and a GAA of 2.38 in his outings. Husso finished with 35 saves on 36 shots in his last start against Vancouver, which was enough for the win.
Thatcher Demko will likely get the start in the crease for the Canucks on Wednesday night. Demko has earned a record of 28-19-5 throughout his 52 starts this season. He has put up a save percentage of .917 and a 2.66 GAA. Demko’s last start was against the Dallas Stars. He stopped 35 of 36 shots in route to the win.
These two goalies have been strong throughout this season and will look to keep it going in this one. Husso is coming off a win in his last start, but has lost three of his last five. Demko earned a win in his last start, which ended a four game losing streak. If either team can come out quickly in this one, it could be enough for the win.
These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. The Blues have struggled to get going as of late, but have won both games against Vancouver. I expect the Canucks to come out quicker in this one after only scoring twice in the first two games. If Vancouver grabs an early lead in this one, I like their chances to earn the win.
BetOnline has the Canucks listed as a -107 against the money line in this one. This implies that Vancouver will win this game around 51.7 percent of the time. I think that this line is accurate with the Canucks at home. Vancouver is still competing for a playoff spot and will look to avoid another big loss. As slight favorites, I like the value on the Canucks.