Blues vs. Canucks Game 3 Prediction, Stanley Cup Playoff Odds

Sports Interaction Staff | Updated Aug 15, 2020

Bo Horvat’s overtime winner Friday has propelled the Vancouver Canucks to a 2-0 series lead over the reigning Stanley Cup champions.

St. Louis
42-19-7-3
AT
August 16, 2020, 10:30 PM ET
Rogers Place
Vancouver
36-27-3-3
Puckline -1.5 +186
Moneyline -130
Over / Under o +5.5

43%

Betting Action

57%

Puckline +1.5 -223
Moneyline +110
Over / Under u +5.5

43%

Betting Action

57%

Horvat’s winner, and second of the night, came off a breakaway after receiving a perfect board pass from Quinn Hughes.

Hughes and Horvat lead all postseason skaters in this series with eight points apiece.

Blues vs. Canucks NHL Playoff Odds

As the Canucks switch to the home team for Game 3, they have the Blues on the ropes. Jordan Binnington’s troubles have continued as the sophomore goalie has a .905% save percentage during 5-on-5 play and a .862% save percentage overall.

St. Louis also hands their hands full with Vancouver’s powerplay, which is currently a league-best 32.1% this postseason. To make matters worse for the Blues, their penalty killing percentage is a postseason-worst 68%.

Even with the Blues’ 2-0 series deficit, oddsmakers currently have St. Louis as a -135 favourite to win Game 3 on Sunday.

St. Louis Blues

The Blues nearly dropped Game 2 in regulation if not for David Perron tipping in his team-leading third goal of the postseason in the dying seconds. Team goal scoring continues to be an issue for St. Louis as only seven Blues’ skaters have registered goals in the NHL bubble.

On a positive note, St. Louis got forward Sammy Blais back in Game 2, and Blais found the back of the net in his return in just 11:48 of ice time.

Given the circumstances, the Blues are the only defending NHL champions to drop their first five postseason games the following year. Craig Berube’s club can’t afford to extend that streak to six. The Blues and their veteran core need to dig deep in Game 3 to avoid a potential sweep Monday.

Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver has now pulled off five straight postseason wins, two of which coming in overtime. The Canucks’ top players are continuing to produce as Horvat leads the way with six goals in six games. Elias Pettersson and Tanner Pearson have contributed with three goals each, while Brock Boeser and and J.T. Miller have two goals themselves. Then there’s Hughes — the rookie defenceman tied for third among all postseason scorers.

Vancouver has not won a playoff series since 2011 against San Jose, but this young Canucks team is halfway there to knocking off the reigning Stanley Cup champs. It’ll only get tougher for Vancouver with a desperate St. Louis team hitting the ice Sunday.

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