The Canucks and Blues are set to face off at 8:00 ET on ESPN+. The Blues will host the game at Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MO. In this Western matchup, the Canucks are the betting favorite against Blues. The over/under for the game is 6.5 goals.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS VS ST. LOUIS BLUES BETTING PICK

The Pick: St. Louis Blues +1.5

This game will be played at Enterprise Center at 8:00 ET on Thursday, January 4th.

WHY BET THE ST. LOUIS BLUES:

  • Even though they are 1.5 goal underdogs, we see the Blues winning this game by a score of 4-2.
  • We like the Blues on the moneyline (+112)
  • The Blues are also our pick on the spread at +1.5

Can Vancouver Live Up to the Hype on the Road?

Through 37 games, the Canucks have achieved an overall record of 24-10-3. When on the road, Vancouver holds a 10-6-2 record, while they are 14-4-1 when playing at home. They are currently positioned 1st in the Western Pacific division and 1st in the Western conference.

When it came to the puck line, Vancouver have posted a 26-11 record. Their road performance against the puck line stands at 12-6, while they are 14-5 at home. For the season, the average number of goals per game in matchups featuring Vancouver is 6.4. The season’s average over/under line is currently at 6.5. The Canucks come in with an over/under record of 22-13-2.

The Canucks are 2-1 puck line in their three last road games and 2-1 straight-up.

For their offensive performance, the Canucks come in averaging 3.8 goals per game this season, which is 1st in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 28th in the league. Vancouver’s offense comes into the game ranked 7th in power play goals. And in terms of shorthanded goals, they are 15th in the NHL.

Vancouver’s current leading scorer is Brock Boeser. This season, he has 24 goals, which puts him 4th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 15 assists so far.

Defensively, the Blues come into the season ranked 12th in goals allowed. Opponents are averging 31.7 shots per game against St. Louis. For the season, they are ranked 18th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.

Goalie Thatcher Demko gets the start and has made 26 starts this season. His record at this point is 18-7, and his save percentage is 0.9607843137254902%.

Can the Blues Offense Score Enough at Home?

This season, the Blues have a mark of 18-17-1. When going on the road, St. Louis has a record of 7-11-1 record, while they are 11-6-0 at their home arena. At the moment, they hold the 6th spot in the Western Central division and are ranked 11th in the Western conference.

When it came to the puck line, St. Louis have posted a 19-17 record. Their road performance against the puck line stands at 8-11, while they are 11-6 at home. For the season, the average number of goals per game in matchups featuring St. Louis is 6.2. The season’s average over/under line is currently at 6.4. The Blues come in with an over/under record of 13-20-3.

Through their last three home contests, the Blues offense has averaged 2 goals per game while allowing an average of 3. St. Louis posted an overall record of 1-2 while going 1-2 ATS.

Offensively, the Blues come into the game at 2.9 goals per contest placing 26th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 23rd position in the league. This season, the Blues are 8-7 when getting more shots on goal than their opponents. And in games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 9-9 record.

St. Louis’ leading scorer is Robert Thomas. So far, he has 15 goals which is 37th in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Thomas has 24 assists this season.

The Blues defense is currently 12th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 31.7 shots per game against St. Louis. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 18th with 2 shutouts.

Heading into this matchup vs. Vancouver, goalie Jordan Binnington has started 24 games in this season. His current record is 11-11, and his save percentage stands at 0.9509803921568627%.