One of eight NHL games scheduled for Monday, December 19, is this conference duel in Vancouver, and here you can check out the best Blues vs. Canucks betting pick and odds.
St. Louis is looking for the fourth consecutive victory when they meet Vancouver at Rogers Arena. The Canucks are -115 moneyline favorites on MyBookie Sportsbook, while the total is set at 6.5 goals. These Western Conference rivals met three times last year, and the Blues swept that series.
Blues won three in a row
The St. Louis Blues (15-15-1-0, 13-18 ATS) closed their three-game homestay with a 1-0 OT victory over Nashville and then opened a five-game road trip with a couple of wins. The Blues first beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 after a shootout and were more secure against the Calgary Flames in a 5-2 win. With this latest W, the Blues leapfrogged the Canucks in the Western Conference standings.
St. Louis scored three goals in the third period in Calgary and got a 5-2 win despite having only 24 shots opposite the Flames’ 43. Thomas Greiss was phenomenal between the sticks as he registered 41 saves, while the Blues had five players with two points. So far in the season, Jordan Kyrou (G 13, A 15) and Robert Thomas (G 7, A 21) lead the Blues with 28 points apiece.
Jordan Binnington (11-11-1) should be back at the goal for the Blues when they take on the Canucks on Monday. The 29-year-old is conceding 3.21 goals per game with a .894 SV% and two shutouts.
D Marco Scandella (hip), C Logan Brown (upper body), and D Scott Perunovich (shoulder) are out indefinitely.
Canucks didn’t have a chance against the Jets
The Vancouver Canucks (13-14-2-1, 14-16 ATS) opened their three-game home stand with a 5-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets. Although it was Vancouver’s second defeat in three games, they are playing much better compared to early in the season when they opened the campaign with seven consecutive losses. The Canucks won seven of the previous 11 games.
Still, they were powerless against the Jets in a 5-1 home defeat. Winnipeg had a 5-0 lead late in the game when Bo Horvat scored the only goal of the game for the Canucks. Spencer Martin didn’t have the best of games as he secured just 22 saves out of 27 shots. Elias Pettersson is Vancouver’s best player at the moment with 34 points (G 13, A 21), while Horvat is following him with 31 (G 22, A 9).
Spencer Martin (9-4-1) will get a chance to bounce back when the Canucks host the Blues on Monday. The 27-year-old is allowing 3.50 goals per contest this season along with a .889 SV% and no shutouts.
D Tyler Myers (lower body), LW Tanner Pearson (hand), and G Thatcher Demko (lower body) are out indefinitely. RW Brock Boeser (illness) and C Elias Pettersson (undisclosed) are questionable to feature on Monday against St. Louis.
- 21-6 in the last 27 vs. Pacific Division opponents
- 16-5 in the last 21 after allowing two goals or less in their previous game
- 17-7 in the last 24 vs. a team with a losing record
- 2-5 in the last seven vs. Central Division rivals
- 2-5 in the last seven home games
St. Louis Blues vs. Vancouver Canucks Pick
Not only that St. Louis beat Vancouver in all three H2H duels last year but the Blues allowed just five goals in the process. They are playing solid hockey at the moment and for me, the Blues are looking closer to getting a victory on Monday. The Canucks have a better offense that is averaging 3.37 goals per game, while the Blues are scoring 2.97 gpg. Still, Vancouver scored only one goal in two defeats last week and does have the third-worst defense in the NHL that is allowing 3.87 goals per contest.
Pick: Take the Blues at -105
St. Louis’ defense is not much better. The Blues allow 3.65 goals per game and Jordan Binnington has the worst season of his career, so we can’t rely on St. Louis’ defense like we did in previous seasons. It’s true that the Blues conceded only five goals in the last three games, but Vancouver has a strong offense and I am backing the hosts to score at least three here. Over is 7-2 in the Blues’ last nine overall; Over is 25-9-2 in St. Louis’ previous 36 road games, while Over is 17-7-2 in the Canucks’ last 26 vs. Western Conference rivals.
Pick: Go Over 6.5 goals (-110)