Canucks vs. Blue Jackets NHL Pick – December 11th





<p>The Vancouver Canucks stay on the road after a big 6-1 win against the Blues in St. Louis. They made the pain in St. Louis sting a little more with that win. The Blues are reeling, as they got dismantled by a Canucks team who are under .500 heading into Tuesday evening. The Canucks had a bit of a surprising start to the season. They were playing quality hockey for the first few weeks, and like it usually goes, people who bought into the Canucks have been burned recently. </p>
<p>Along with the win against the Blues, the Canucks outscored the Predators for a 5-3 win in the game prior. Before heading to Nashville, the Canucks had previously lost 12 of their previous 13 games. In there was a whopping eight-game losing streak. </p>
<p>It must have certainly felt good to beat the Predators and then avoid a letdown against the Blues. The Canucks hit an ugly point last season as well, but there was an excuse for that. Brock Boeser and Bo Horvat were both injured, which essentially depleted any scoring power in their lineup. </p>
<p>Going into 2018-19, offence wasn’t the main qualm or trouble spot for the Canucks. They felt confident with a healthy Boeser and Horvat, along with Elias Pettersson joining the team this season. I’d say it’s gone as expected, with an inconsistent defence that needs to be a lot better if the Canucks want to be better. </p>
<p>With a solid young core built offensively, their next objective is going to be addressing the blue line. The Canucks are taking on a Blue Jackets team tonight who are coming off a 4-0 loss to the Capitals. There weren’t many positives to take away from that effort. We’ll see how they respond with the Canucks in town on Tuesday. Head below for our free Canucks vs. Blue Jackets pick. </p>
<h2 class=Vancouver Canucks vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Pick

Everything was working for the Canucks against the Blues. Jacob Markstrom stood tall and made 22 saves, and Brock Boeser lit the red lamp three times for a hat trick. Pettersson was terrific as well, leading the team with 5 points to bolster the rookies impressive resume in his first season in the NHL. Bo Horvat also found the back of the net, so the future in Vancouver was on full-display in St. Louis.

The Blues didn’t pose much of an offensive threat, but Markstrom made some timely saves. The Canucks likely aren’t going to be so fortunate against the Blue Jackets. Columbus haven’t been perfect this season, notably because of the defence, but they’ve been scoring at a pretty effective clip.

The Blue Jackets enter with 3.45 goals scored per game, though Sergei Bobrovsky has been having difficulties in net. He holds a 3.14 GAA and 0.898 save percentage, which is certainly off for him. He’s already had two games where he has allowed 8 goals. If the Jackets wanted to get something for him at the deadline, they might have to accept that his stock has plummeted this season.

Columbus are 26th in the league with 3.38 goals allowed per game. In their last ten games, they’ve given up 3.7 goals per game, but have scored 3.5 goals to keep pace. The Canucks have surrendered 3.39 goals per game on the road. Markstrom enters Ohio with a shaky 3.19 GAA and 0.899 save percentage. They’re a fun team to watch with the young forwards on their roster, but there is a need for improvement elsewhere. The OVER has gone 5-2 in the Canucks and Blue Jackets previous seven meetings. At least 7 goals were scored in each of the five games. We should see something similar in Columbus on Tuesday night.

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