All good things must come to an end and that is what happened this past Friday. After a heck of a run of only one loss and one push over eight days worth of picks, I dropped my only pick on Friday in rather surprising fashion. The Dallas Stars, the highest scoring team in the Western Conference, were in Edmonton to take on the Oilers who just so happen to surrender the most goals in the entire NHL. Well, as luck would have it the Oilers stifled the Stars on this night and actually shutout their high-octane offense en route to a 4-0 victory. I had the OVER 5.5 for this contest and was very confident that the Stars would get at least a few past the lackluster Edmonton defense/goaltending, however it was not meant to be and kudos to the Oilers for shutting out such high-level offensive talent. I’m still very proud of my picks over the last couple of weeks and there is some opportunity to get back on the winning track tonight with six games taking place in he NHL.
Vancouver Canucks @ St. Louis Blues
My Pick – UNDER 5 (+110)
The Vancouver Canucks and St. Louis Blues collide tonight for their third and final meeting of the season with the Blues looking to avoid a season series sweep at the hands of the Canucks. The Canucks are embarking on a very difficult four-game road trip beginning tonight, one that sees them go through St. Louis, Chicago, Nashville and Winnipeg, a trip that will definitely test this Canucks team with plenty of competition for playoff spots and seeding in the Western Conference. Vancouver is playing the first end of back-to-back games tonight and that means either Eddie Lack or Jacob Markstrom could get the nod in goal, but is important to note Lack’s numbers against the Blues nonetheless. Lack has been more than serviceable after being thrust into the starter’s role after an injury to Ryan Miller while he has a perfect 4-0-0 mark with a 1.92 goals against average in his career against the Blues. While Vancouver’s goalie status for tonight is in the air, it will be Brian Elliott getting the nod for the Blues and he owns a 1.58 goals against average in his career against the Canucks despite just a 1-2-0 record. We have two of the top ten penalty killing teams in this matchup tonight as the Blues rank 10th in the league with an 82.7% mark while the Canucks are ranked 4th in that category with an 85.1% number while short-handed. The Blues are consistently one of the better home teams in the NHL, due in part to their ability to keep teams off the scoreboard while limiting their offensive chances. St. Louis gives up the second-least amount of shots per game at 27.3 behind only the Los Angeles Kings and they only give up 2.43 goals per game, good for 9th in the league. While their last meeting ended up 6-5 in a shootout in favor of Vancouver, I am looking for these two teams to settle the game down tonight and play a low-scoring affair where goals will be at a premium. Take the UNDER 5 and let’s get this week started off on the right foot.