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#79 St. Louis Blues -125 vs.
#80 Vancouver Canucks 5.5
Monday, January 27, 2020 at 10:05pm EST
Rogers Arena, Vancouver
Written by Valdis Pans



#79 St. Louis
#80 Vancouver


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The Vancouver Canucks (1st in Pacific Division) will be trying to extend their domestic winning run to nine contests while hosting the reigning Stanley Cup champions St. Louis Blues (1st in Central), who have lost two contests in a row…

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Blues Ready To Snap Two-Game Skid

While St. Louis will be recovering from the festivities of the NHL All-Star Weekend, its local team, the Blues (30-11-8), will hit the road, continuing its current five-date excursion, which started with a 5-3 defeat at the Colorado Avalanche. It was St. Louis’ second consecutive loss (0-1-1), with the reigning Stanley Cup champions having won four straight games prior. The Blues are still topping the Western Conference with 68 points from 49 fixtures, sitting 3rd in the whole league below the Washington Capitals and the Boston Bruins. The team is 13-7-4 when playing on the road, with David Perron leading St. Louis with 21 goals and 49 points.

Goalie Jordan Binnington has made 35 starts so far this season, taking his current performance total to 22-8-5 with a 2.58 GAA and a .912 save percentage. He has recorded a 2-0-1 career tally against the Vancouver Canucks with a 1.86 GAA and a .934 save percentage. The Blues, meanwhile, are scoring the 11th highest quantity of goals per game (3.22), while allowing the 7th lowest amount in the defensive zone (2.67). They are 4th best in power play with a 25.3% success rate and 14th in penalty kill with 81.7% effectiveness.

‘Nucks Hoping To Sweep Homestand

The Vancouver Canucks (27-18-4) are returning to action with one more game to finish on their current three-game homestand, which has gone 2-0-0 so far following victories over the Arizona Coyotes (3-1) and the San Jose Sharks (4-1). The ‘Nucks have now won eight straight domestic fixtures and four of their past five outings overall (4-1-0), posting just three defeats in their last 14 games (11-3-0). The team is presently occupying the top position of the Pacific Division with 58 points from 49 contests, leading four other teams just by a single point. Vancouver is 16-5-3 when skating on home ice, with Elias Pettersson leading the side with 21 goals and 51 points.

Goalie Jacob Markstrom is 18-13-3 following 34 starts so far this season with a 2.71 GAA and a .916 save percentage. He has registered a 3-4-1 past total against the St. Louis Blues with a 2.51 GAA and a .906 save percentage. The Canucks, meanwhile, are netting the 10th highest number of goals per game (3.24), while conceding the 14th lowest quantity on the defensive end (3.02). They are 7th in power play with a 23.8% conversion rate and 16th in penalty kill with 80.6% efficiency.

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The reigning Stanley Cup champion St. Louis has been one of the best teams so far this season but has struggled somewhat on the road lately, losing its past four travels, allowing 20 goals along the way. The team has also dropped its very last two decisions overall and will be eager to sort things out when visiting Vancouver. The problem is - the Canucks have been excellent on own ice lately and will prove a difficult test to the Blues once again, having already beaten St. Louis on three of the previous five occasions. The ‘Nucks have also banked four consecutive wins following a break of at least three days, while the Blues are a miserable 0-4 versus sides with a winning record.

Prediction: Vancouver Canucks (+100)

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Out of the last 56 encounters between the Blues and the Canucks, 41 have all finished with no more than five strikes on the scoresheet, as have 24 of their previous 31 head-to-head meetings in Vancouver. So, don’t even consider to bank on this one to end as a high-scoring affair! Even more so after seven of the past eight Monday games of the Blues have ended with just a minimal amount of goals on the scoresheet, with the very last four overall outings of the ‘Nucks doing exactly the same.

Prediction: Under 5.5

Written By Valdis Pans

Valdis got his first ever article published when he was 13, and has rarely stopped. He has worked for FHM, MTV Baltics and has done loads of freelance (from columns for Cosmopolitan magazine to helping with organization of Macy Gray's shows in the Northern Europe). Speaks five different languages, loves pizza, American Horror Story and pipe organ music, and knows European soccer better than dates of his family members' birthdays. Is an avid fan of ice-hockey too. He is a Latvian after all...