Vancouver Canucks vs. St. Louis Blues Matchup 10/17/19

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The Vancouver Canucks, led by J.T. Miller and Brock Boeser, are ready to take the ice against Brayden Schenn, Ryan O’Reilly, and the St. Louis Blues at the Enterprise Center in a Western Conference showdown. The first puck will drop at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, October 17, and fans at home can catch the game live on Sportsnet ONE.

Vancouver Canucks at St. Louis Blues Odds

St. Louis (-180) is currently favored over Vancouver (+160), and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 6 goals. The line for betting the total stands at -110 money on the over and -110 on the under.

St. Louis is 3-3 straight-up (SU) and has lost 1.1 units for moneyline bettors this year. That winning percentage, ranked third in the Central Division so far this season, is a noticeable slide from what the team recorded during last year’s regular season (45-37). Among its six games this season, two have gone under the total, while two have gone over and none have pushed. The team is 1-1 SU at home this season.

The Blue Notes have successfully scored on 26.7 percent of their power play opportunities in 2019-20. That’s a noticeable improvement from last year, when they were ranked 15th in the league by scoring on 19.9 percent of their extra-man opportunities. Their penalty kill has improved nicely year-over-year as they’ve gone from successfully defending 80.1 percent of opponents’ power plays (ranked 16th overall last season) to 91.7 percent this year.

Sporting a .910 save percentage and 30.2 saves per game, Jordan Binnington (two wins, three losses, and two OT losses) has been the primary goalkeeper for the Blue Notes this season. If St. Louis decides to give him a breather, however, it may turn to Jake Allen (1-0 record, .862 save percentage, 4.00 goals against average).

Vancouver has earned 1.0 unit for moneyline bettors this season and is currently 3-2 straight up (SU). Through five regular season matches, three of its games have gone under the total, while one has gone over and one has pushed. As a road team, the Canucks are 0-2 SU so far.

The Nucks have recorded a goal on 21.1 percent of their power play chances this year after successfully converting on 17.1 percent of their extra-man opportunities last season (a percentage that was ranked just 22nd in the NHL). The team’s gone from successfully defending 81.1 percent of opponents’ power plays (ranked 10th overall last season) to 93.8 percent in 2019-20.

Jacob Markstrom (28.3 saves per game) has been the primary choice in goal for Vancouver. Markstrom owns a 2-2 record, while registering a .926 save percentage and 2.23 goals against average this year.

Vancouver Canucks vs. St. Louis Blues Betting Predictions

Pick: SU Winner – Blues, O/U – Over

Betting Trends

  • After putting up a 6-6 record in games decided by a shootout last year, the Canucks are off to a 1-0 start in shootouts this season. The Blues went 3-3 in shootouts last year and has yet to participate in one this time around.
  • The total has gone under in three of St. Louis’ last five games.
  • Vancouver skaters registered 21.9 hits per game last season, while the Blues posted 22.5 hits per matchup.