Blues vs. Canucks NHL Free Pick
(The Spread) – A pair of 4-4 teams clash in Vancouver tonight when the Canucks host the Blues at 10:10PM ET.
ST. LOUIS: The Blues have done well to start 4-4-0 despite the fact that eight of their first 11 games will come on the road. They’re 3-5 against the spread this season and 2-3 ATS on the road, while the over has covered in five of their first eight games, including 3-of-5 on the road. Jason Arnott leads the team with seven points while Brian Elliott has collected three wins and a 2.06 GAA in the net this season.
VANCOUVER: Following back-to-back wins over Nashville and Minnesota (in OT), the Canucks lost 3-2 to Edmonton on Tuesday night. That dropped their record to 4-4-0-1 on the year and 2-7 against the spread. They’re 2-1-0-1 at home this year as Daniel Sedin leads the team in points with 12 and Alexandre Burrows has taken a team-high 31 shots. Netminder Roberto Luongo has two wins on the year.
ODDS: Oddsmakers have installed the host Canucks as –146 money line favorites over the visiting Blues, who are +135 on the ML. The over/under total for this game is currently sitting at 5.5 goals.
FREE PICK: Take St. Louis. According to latest NHL trends, the Blues are 4-1 in their last five games versus a team with a losing record and 11-4 in their last 15 games playing on three or more days of rest. The Canucks, meanwhile, are 2-5 in their last seven games when their opponent allows two goals or less in their previous contest. Elliott is red-hot coming into this contest and will be the difference maker in a huge St. Louis victory.
WEDNESDAY NHL FREE PICK: ST. LOUIS BLUES +135