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Blues Seeking No. 1 Seed Out West

Brian Elliott St. Louis Blues NHL

The St. Louis Blues have been one of hockey’s best teams since February and stand a good chance of grabbing the No. 1 spot in the Western Conference playoff picture as we approach the dying embers of the regular season. The Blues can pull even with the Dallas Stars on 97 points with a win versus the lowly Vancouver Canucks Friday evening.

Shark Bites
  • UNDER is 5-0-3 in the previous eight meetings in St. Louis.
  • The Canucks have lost each of the previous two meetings this season.
  • The road team is 4-1 in the previous five meetings between these two teams.

Online book Bovada is presently offering the Blues as one of the biggest home faves of the season at -310 while the Canucks are +255. The total tabbed at 5 with both the OVER and UNDER at -110.

The Central has been the best division in the NHL all season long and the final act is set to be a good one with the Stars, Blues, Chicago Blackhawks and Nashville Predators all still alive in the race for the division crown.

St. Louis has gone 8-2 straight up in its last 10 games and has won back-to-back games entering Friday’s schedule. One of those back-to-back victories, both of which were shutouts courtesy Brian Elliott mind you, was a 3-0 win at Vancouver back on Saturday. Elliott, who will get the start between the pipes Friday, stopped 19 shots for the first of his back-to-back shutout run.

The Canucks own the league’s longest losing streak, currently at six games. They’ve been blanked three times in that stretch and have managed a whopping five goals during their drought. Somehow, the Canucks have the edge in meetings at the Scottrade Center as they’ve gone 4-1 in the last five meetings in St. Louis.

This, however, will be the first meeting between the two teams in St. Louis this season.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

If you're going with the St. Louis Blues in this one, they were listed as moneyline favorites of -290 on most NHL hockey betting menus (such as Bovada) early today for Friday's contest. The over-under total was at 5 earlier at Bet365.

Odds Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 4.8-0.8 win for the Blues on Friday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Vancouver Canucks vs St. Louis Blues Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The St. Louis Blues sport a record of 43-22-9 heading into this matchup, while the Vancouver Canucks sit at 27-33-13 on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 28-36-10 for the Blues and 27-29-17 for the Canucks. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and St. Louis vs Vancouver injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 3 (St. Louis Blues) and the No. 29 (Vancouver Canucks) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the St. Louis Blues No. 19-ranked offense (2.64 goals per game) against a Vancouver Canucks defense that ranks No. 21 at 2.88 goals per game allowed. The Blues powerplay has clicked at a 21.7% rate while the Canucks have a 81.65% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Last time out for Vancouver, they were a 3-2 loser as they battled the Predators on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Predators at -268 were rewarded, while the 5 combined goals moved the game PUSH for totals bettors.

In their last action, St. Louis was a 1-0 winner on the road against the Sharks. Bettors on St. Louis at +118 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (1) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

Betting Trends
  • Vancouver is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Vancouver's last 5 games
  • Vancouver is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • Vancouver is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing St. Louis
  • St. Louis is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of St. Louis's last 10 games
  • St. Louis is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
  • St. Louis is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing Vancouver

Next Betting Matchups

Vancouver home to Chicago, Sunday, March 27th
St. Louis at Washington, Saturday, March 26th