NHL Betting: St Louis won't have the Blues in Vancouver

Vancouver Canucks-St Louis Blues

The St Louis Blues juggernaut is off again, and this week alone they're looking to complete a conclusive sweep of the West's Canadian outfits after knocking off Edmonton and Calgary by 5-2 and 5-0 respectively.

Although winning by three or four goals must be nice, Blues coach Ken Hitchcock is probably more excited by the fact his side have spent so much time on top they've only allowed seven goals in the last six matches of this run.

On current form the Vancouver Canucks don't look capable of stopping them.

It's five games since they recorded a victory and without goalie Roberto Luongo they allowed at least three goals in each of those outings.

Whilst they may be disciplined enough shorthanded to deal with the Blues' deadly powerplay, matching up the depth of their forward lines on current form hands a massive advantage to St Louis.

Add that to the fact Vancouver's home strength has slipped recently and I'm not sure they're worthy of split odds, so for me the road win looks great value.

Edmonton Oilers-Pittsburgh Penguins

Emphatically bucking the trend of West over East this season has been a challenge Pittsburgh have relished, and they're odds on to stay unbeaten versus the Pacific Division when they visit its bottom club Edmonton.

A tough sequence of opponents for the Oilers hasn't helped them, however when you compete in a division containing five of the NHL's top 13 it's unlikely to ease up for any prolonged period.

Outside of captain Andrew Ference's hard graft their defencemen have been dire in their own zone, but really when you average 3.46 goals against per game your defensive problems are intrinsic to your entire lineup.

Evgeni Malkin has four points in two games since returning and boosted by their chemistry James Neal has equalled his linemate's total just to make the Pens even more frightening again; along with Sidney Crosby they make up three of the league's four highest players in points per game.

It's simply not worth tipping Edmonton to cause the upset here despite huge odds at home, so back Pittsburgh to overcome the handicap instead at 2.50.

Best Bet: St Louis Blues to win at 2.50

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