St. Louis Blues at Vancouver Canucks - 8/21/20 NHL Picks and Prediction
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St. Louis Blues (44-23-12) at Vancouver Canucks (42-29-7)
NHL Hockey: Friday, August 21, 2020 at 9:45 pm (Rogers Place)
The Line: Vancouver Canucks +115 / St. Louis Blues -135 --- Over/Under: 5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Vancouver Canucks and St. Louis Blues meet Friday in game six of the NHL West First Round at the Rogers Place.
The Vancouver Canucks look for back-to-back victories to close out this series and advance to the next playoff round. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 3.11 goals per game and are scoring on 25 percent of their power play opportunities. Bo Horvat leads Vancouver with six goals, Quinn Hughes has eight assists and JT Miller has 24 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 2.67 goals per game and are killing 80 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up 23 goals on 314 shots faced.
The St. Louis Blues need a victory here to save their season and force a game seven on Sunday. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 20 percent of their power play opportunities. David Perron leads St. Louis with four goals, Ryan O'Reilly has six assists and Colton Parayko has 32 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 3.13 goals per game and are killing 75.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Jordan Binnington has allowed 17 goals on 123 shots faced and Jake Allen has allowed eight goals on 132 shots.
The Blues are 58-28 in their last 86 games playing on 1 days rest, 2-5 in their last 7 playoff games as a favorite and 2-6 in their last 8 overall. The Canucks are 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest, 4-1 in their last 5 games following a win and 6-2 in their last 8 overall. The over is 19-8-1 in Canucks last 28 overall. The underdog is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings. The under is 23-10-5 in the last 38 meetings.
This has been an up and down series from the start and right when it feels like a team is running away with things, the other team responds. The Vancouver Canucks start the series off with a 2-0 lead, the Blues win the following two games, the Blues are up 3-1 in game five and the Canucks score three unanswered goals to steal the victory. Momentum hasn't meant much in this series. It's only right we get a game seven this weekend between these two clubs. I expect that championship mentality and defensive effort of the Blues to get the job done here.