Preview: Vancouver at St. Louis

When: 8:00 PM  ET, Monday, March 30, 2015
Where: Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri
Matchup Edge
VAN Edge in: STL
Offense
Defense
Power Play
Penalty Kill
Face Offs
Discipline
Goaltending


The Vancouver Canucks look to test their mettle against a bevy of Central Division heavyweights when they open a four-game road trip against the St. Louis Blues on Monday. After winning seven of nine, the Canucks suffered their second straight setback with a 4-3 overtime loss to Dallas on Saturday. Radim Vrbata scored his team-leading 30th goal with 72 seconds remaining in the third period against the Stars and also notched a pair of assists in the team's 6-5 shootout win over the Blues on March 1.

"When we go on the road, that's the big challenge that we've got coming ahead with Chicago, Nashville, St. Louis (and Winnipeg)," Canucks coach Willie Desjardins told the team's website. "You can play good hockey in their buildings and not win, but we've got to play well and, hopefully, we'll get something." While Vancouver holds a two-point lead over third-place Calgary in the Pacific Division, the Blues have dropped four of five (1-2-2) to fall three points behind the first-place Predators. Patrik Berglund scored and set up a goal by Vladimir Tarasenko in St. Louis' 4-2 setback to Columbus on Saturday.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, RSN Pacific (Vancouver), FSN Midwest (St. Louis)

ABOUT THE CANUCKS (43-27-5): Vancouver can hang its hat on its power-play success, as it tallied twice with the man advantage versus the Stars and has at least one such goal in five straight games. Chris Higgins joined Vrbata by providing the honors Saturday, and the Yale product has two goals and an assist in his last three games after being held off the scoresheet in each of his previous four. Higgins has recorded a goal and two assists in two meetings with St. Louis this season.

ABOUT THE BLUES (46-22-7): St. Louis may be without two key cogs in Monday's tilt, as Alex Steen suffered a lower-body injury following a knee-on-knee collision with Blue Jackets defenseman Cody Goloubef and T.J. Oshie sat out the contest with flu-like symptoms. Neither player skated with the team on Sunday, prompting coach Ken Hitchcock to deem the pair questionable to face Vancouver. Steen had scored five goals and set up three others during his last eight games and Oshie collected three assists in the last meeting with the Canucks. 

OVERTIME

1. St. Louis G Brian Elliott has dropped three straight decisions and yielded seven goals on 32 shots in his last two outings.

2. Canucks G Eddie Lack owns a 4-0-0 record with one shutout and a 1.92 goals-against average in his career versus the Blues.

3. St. Louis has scored four power-play goals in its last four games overall and also converted with the man advantage in both meetings with Vancouver this season.

PREDICTION: Blues 3, Canucks 2
 

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Vancouver 43-27-3-2 L2 21-15-1-1 22-12-2-1 3-2-1-0 40-25-2-2 14-9-1-2
St. Louis 46-22-3-4 L1 24-10-1-1 22-12-2-3 6-3-1-0 40-19-2-4 13-10-0-1

Last Meeting

Vancouver St. Louis
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
3/1/15 STL 5 VAN 6 31 34 0-3 39 26 1-4

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
VAN R. Kenins 2
STL T. Oshie 3
Goals Player  
VAN N. Bonino 1
STL D. Backes 1
Assists Player  
VAN R. Kenins 2
STL T. Oshie 3
Saves Player  
VAN E. Lack 34
STL J. Allen 21
Season
Total Points Player  
VAN D. Sedin 67
STL V. Tarasenko 71
Goals Player  
VAN R. Vrbata 30
STL V. Tarasenko 36
Assists Player  
VAN D. Sedin 51
STL A. Steen 38
Saves Player  
VAN R. Miller 1068
STL B. Elliott 986

Quickchart Matchup

Vancouver Off vs  St. Louis Def
2.81 GF
2.43 GA
30 Shots
27.3 Shots
41 PP
41 PK
St. Louis Off vs  Vancouver Def
2.92 GF
2.68 GA
31.1 Shots
29.6 Shots
52 PP
36 PK

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home Away over/under
OPEN -160 135
-125
5
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports.ag -165 145
-125
5
Sportsbook.ag -165 145
-125
5
5Dimes -165
155
-125
5
GTbets.eu -170 150
-130
5
Top Bet -160 140
-125
5
BetOnline.ag -160 144
-125
5
BetDSI -160 135
-125
5
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF OFF
BetDNA.com -171 139
-130
5
Superbook.ag OFF OFF OFF
BookMaker
-160
135
-125
5
Vegas Odds
Westgate -160 150
-125
5
Wynn Las Vegas OFF OFF OFF
Boyd Gaming OFF OFF OFF
Best home line Best road line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Vancouver Overall St. Louis
43-27-3-2 W/L 46-22-3-4
36-39 ATS 34-41
32-33 O/U 34-27
2.81 Goals For 2.92
2.68 Goals Agnst 2.43
Vancouver A/H St. Louis
22-12-2-1 W/L 24-10-1-1
21-16 ATS 13-23
16-18 O/U 18-12
2.89 Goals For 3.08
2.65 Goals Agnst 2.36
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