The St. Louis Blues return home following a four-game road trip. It was a effort for the Blues, as they won the first-half of this excursion with wins on the Maple Leafs and Senators. However, things turned sour with reductions at Montreal and Long Island. The Blues got just a bit rather than playing with their game on the street.
A 6-3 loss to the Canadiens is not their game. Although Jordan Binnington had a game with 5 objects allowed the Blues allowed 37 shots. You wouldn’t have known it at Montreal, although he’s a better goaltender than this.
They looked more like themselves. This appeared more like a Blues game and was a much better effort. However, they had been all on the losing side. The Blues will be pleased to be back home where they’ll be for the next four games. St. Louis will be home five of their next seven matches in October. Following their date with the Canucks on Thursday, they’ll do it compared to the Canadiens on Saturday night.
The Vancouver Canucks, their opponents this evening, are on the heels of an impressive three-game homestand against the Kings, Flyers, Red Wings. Yeah, I know, that isn’t the talented trio of teams, so the Canucks will find a measuring stick tonight. None of those teams are predicted to maintain the playoffs. The Blues are the defending champs and are in their barn.
The Blues survived the Canucks 3-2, in a shootout, in their latest clash in April. St. Louis have been the aggressors with 36 shots to 25, but wanted additional time and then a shootout to get it done. Thatcher Demko has been between the pipes then and is anticipated to be at work tonight. Head below for our free Canucks vs. Blues pick.
The Canucks can’t expect to see the same Blues team that the Canadiens and Islanders played. St. Louis are capable of a good deal more than we watched from them in these two outings. During excursions on the street, it can be tricky to remain focused and the effort isn’t quite there. I believe that the Blues didn’t accept the Canadiens or Islanders and fell asleep. In any scenario, the Blues picked up 5 points in four different matches, so it wasn’t a loss by any way for them. We are just not utilized to watching the Blues lose 6-3 games.
Their attempt on the street proved to be a different story while Vancouver were sharp at home. The Canucks started the season on the street at their first two outings. They subsequently got blanked by a score of 3-0 in Calgary and lost a 3-2 decision. Their song changed back into Vancouver, however beating against the Kings, Flyers, and also Red Wings is not going to impress folks. Beat in the road tonight and the Canucks will garner any attention. The Canucks could squeak into the playoffs if things go according to plan.
Since they began prior to going on a four-game road excursion, the Blues were the reverse of the Canucks. They had been downed in overtime by the Capitals, but snapped right back for a 3-2 victory over the Stars. Following two below average performances on the road, look for the Blues to fire back with a far better attempt back in St. Louis.
Even though the Canucks took good care of business the Canucks are still an awful. Note that they are 4-18 within their past 22 games as an underdog. St. Louis are better at the head-to-head comparison, with a list of 9-3 in their last 12 meetings. Think about a bet on the Blues to acquire law to the 60 minutes line.