NHL Betting: Vancouver Canucks to earn victory in Heritage Classic


Vancouver-Ottawa

Always featuring two teams from north of the border, the Heritage Classic pays homage to Canadian pond hockey and BC Place in Vancouver.

Three points from four back off the break have boosted a Canucks team that was ailing before it, however offensive issues remain with only a goal in each of those games, perhaps they can finally begin to build their confidence on the rush against Ottawa who are seemingly content to keep proceedings open, more recently to their detriment too.

Getting thrashed 6-1 by Detroit was far from ideal preparation for the Sens and they paid the price for ragged defensive play in the first period as well as their profligate powerplay. Given the choice I'd rather be in John Tortorella's position than Paul MacLean's as Vancouver have stability in their own zone that can be built upon, both Eddie Lack and Roberto Luongo provide a great last line to a defence that at the moment is minimising quality chances against.

This is a big occasion for the city and I think the Canucks will rise to the occasion if only to grind out the victory.

 

Phoenix-St Louis

The Blues made the first big splash ahead of the trade deadline by swooping for Ryan Miller and Steve Ott from Buffalo, the former is an exceptional goaltender finally given an opportunity with a genuine contender and might just make the difference for a successful Cup run.

Jaroslav Halak and Chris Stewart were the only current roster players to go the other way and whilst the long term success of the deal is debatable right now, they are a division leader that just got even stronger.

Losing on back to back nights earlier in the week wasn't an ideal way for Phoenix to restart their playoff push but they possess the capacity to take on high-powered sides by beating both Chicago and Pittsburgh at home at the start of last month.

You can't really get down on St Louis after they narrowly lost out to the only club above them on Friday though. The trade should also give them a boost so take the Blues at 2.15.


Best Bet: Vancouver Canucks to win the Heritage Classic at 2.15