St. Louis Blues vs. Vancouver Canucks Prediction, NHL Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Jan 23, 2022

With six players, including their top two goalies, in COVID protocols, the Vancouver Canucks will face an uphill battle when they host the St. Louis Blues on Sunday night.

St. Louis
49-22-8-3
AT
January 23, 2022, 10:00 PM ET
Rogers Arena
Vancouver
40-30-7-5
Puckline -1.5 +140
Moneyline -185
Over / Under o +6

76%

Betting Action

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Puckline +1.5 -168
Moneyline +154
Over / Under u +6

76%

Betting Action

24%

The Vancouver Canucks sit well back of a playoff spot in the Pacific Division and it won’t get any easier when they host the Central Division’s St. Louis Blues on Sunday night.  Both teams have been off since Friday.  Vancouver fell 2-1 in a shootout at home against the league-leading Florida Panthers, while St. Louis blanked the Kraken 5-0 on the road.

The Blues are -163 favourites to win on the NHL odds, with a total of 5.5.

Blues vs. Canucks NHL Betting Odds

This has been a fairly tight head-to-head series in recent years, with eight of the last 10 games decided by two or less goals.  This is the first meeting between St. Louis and Vancouver since the Canucks took out the Blues in six games in the first round of the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs, held in the NHL bubble.

St. Louis has looked good lately, winning five of their last six games.  They’re 23-17 against the spread this season, including 9-9 ATS on the road.  The total has gone Under in four of the Blues’ last six games.

Since Bruce Boudreau took over behind the bench, Vancouver has been much better at home, winning five of their last six games at Rogers Arena.  They’re 22-18 ATS overall, with covers in nine of 17 home games.  The Canucks have hit the Over just three times at home this season.

St. Louis Blues

The St. Louis offence shared the wealth against Seattle, with five different players scoring in the shutout win.  Tyler Bozak, Brayden Schenn, Pavel Buchnevich, Colton Parayko and Jordan Kyrou each found the back of the net, while Ville Husso stopped all 27 shots he faced.  It was the Blues’ second consecutive win and fifth in their last six games.

Ryan O’Reilly picked up an assist on Friday and now has seven points (4G, 3A) over his last five games.  Kyrou leads the team with 40 points.  Kyrou, Buchnevich and Ivan Barbashev share the team lead with 15 goals apiece.  St. Louis ranks fifth in goals per game (3.53) and seventh in goals against (2.65).

Jordan Binnington is expected to get the start in Vancouver.  Binnington has seen his numbers dip a little this season, but he’s still been able to put together an 11-8-3 record with a 3.05 goals-against average and .906 save percentage.  Buchnevich won’t be eligible to play on Sunday.  The Seattle game was Buchnevich’s first since clearing COVID protocols, but Canada doesn’t allow anyone to enter the country within 10 days of a positive COVID test and Sunday marks day 10 for Buchnevich.

Vancouver Canucks

Despite the loss to Florida, goaltender Spencer Martin deserves a lot of credit.  Martin held the NHL’s second-highest scoring team to one goal on 34 shots through regulation and overtime before the Panthers sealed the win in the shootout.  It was only Martin’s fourth career NHL start and first since the 2016-17 season.  Alex Chiasson scored for Vancouver in the first period, while Brock Boeser had the Canucks’ only shootout goal.

Special teams have been a big issue for Vancouver.  They sit 16th on the power-play at 19.7 per cent and they’re dead last on the penalty kill at 66.9 per cent.  J.T. Miller leads the team with 39 points (12G, 27A), while captain Bo Horvat has a team-high 13 goals.  Miller and Horvat, along with goalies Thatcher Demko and Jaroslav Halak as well as forward Conor Garland all missed Friday’s game in COVID protocols.  Each of those players will also miss Sunday’s game.

It will either be Martin or 22-year-old prospect Michael DiPietro in net against St. Louis.  Martin is winless with a 3.44 GAA and .892 SV in four career NHL starts.  DiPietro has only appeared in two career NHL games and was lit up for seven goals on 24 shots in his only start.

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