NHL Betting: Solid St Louis To Give Vancouver The Blues

Vancouver Canucks at St Louis Blues

Vancouver's hot start has been checked by losses to Tampa Bay and Dallas then you realise their initial first three victories came against relatively weak teams in Calgary and Edmonton. 

At least the Sedin twins are looking good, Daniel and Henrik have a new right wing third wheel in Radim Vrbata but they've quickly discovered some chemistry as a unit. 

New head coach Willie Desjardins is earning some positive reviews so far though they certainly need to see some improved performances from those lower on the depth chart to have any sustained success. 

I get the feeling the Blues are close to where they want to be just still working their way into the season, they've had some close losses to very good teams and as of yet don't quite have the offensive consistency to continue their recent regular season success. 

An injury to Paul Stastny has initiated a small reshuffle of lines, guys like Patrik Berglund and TJ Oshie are trying to find their groove though their need to score more goals is being masked by very good defensive play by the whole team. 

I expect the Blues to get through here probably by a single goal margin.


Chicago Blackhawks at Nashville Predators

Surprise early performers Nashville take on the only other side in the NHL yet to lose a game in regulation. 

It's possible that could still be the case come the end of the night but it's also a battle for top spot in West and some early divisional supremacy with three further contests to come at some point. 

I'm sceptical that the Predators can maintain this form for the season as many of their forwards have produced numbers above their usual levels however this is a capable team enjoying the transition to Peter Laviolette's more expansive system. 

We definitely knew that the Blackhawks would be good coming in though which so far has been well founded and the only blot on their record came courtesy of being flat robbed by Calgary goalie Jonas Hiller putting in a 50 save performance. 

Their own starting netminder Corey Crawford is out of this one though backup Antti Raanta is likely to spend plenty of time watching up ice as they currently average 40.6 shots for and only 25.4 against. 

On the back of Pekka Rinne there's enough reason to believe the Preds could win this game, I'll temper that to the tie at 3.80. 

Best Bet: St Louis Blues to win at 1.95