NHL betting fans have seen the Canucks take the top spot in the Western Conference standings as one of the most balanced teams that a handicapper can bet hockey with.
The Vancouver Canucks will host the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night with an opening faceoff time of 10 PM ET. Sports Gambling will have side and total odds on this important Western Conference matchup so be sure and have your account open and ready for action.
St. Louis had a record of 27-21-4-5 with the hockey odds and was a weak 9-13-3-2 on the road. The Blues went under the total in 14 out of 27 away games.
St. Louis did win 3 games in a row from February 14 through February 19 but was still buried in the Western Conference standing with no sign that they would be able to make it into the top 8 of the race in the West to make the playoffs.
The Blues have shown modest improvement on offense to rank 14th in the NHL for goal scoring while their defense has slipped to rank 18th for goals against. Right wing David Backes led St. Louis with 22 goals and 23 assists while center Alexander Steen had 17 goals and 27 assists.
Goaltender Jaroslav Halak had a 2.63 goals against average with 19 wins and 23 losses with 4 shutouts. Since John Davidson took over as boss of the organization in 2006 the Blues have shown no real signs of becoming a consistent contender and this year marks a great disappointment in the Gateway City.
Vancouver on the other hand is one of the most promising teams in NHL online betting as the Canucks had a record of 38-13-4-5 and were 21-4-1-4 at home. Vancouver went under the total in just 12 out of 30 home games. The Canucks paid out in 7 of 10 games to start the month of February.
Vancouver was dominant on both ends of the ice as they ranked 2nd for goal scoring and 1st for goals against. Vancouver had the top ranked power play in NHL betting and was 5th for penalty killing. Goaltender Roberto Luongo had a 2.26 goals against average with 28 wins.