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NHL Odds: Blues-Canucks Game 5 on Wednesday


The St. Louis Blues tied the first round of their playoff series 2-2 with the Vancouver Canucks Monday night thanks to a 3-1 victory that saw Ryan O'Reilly put up three points. Now both teams will look to move ahead in Game 5 on Wednesday, which will take place at 10:30 PM ET.


It's been a strange start to the postseason for the defending champions, who've lost their first five games, including two overtime losses. Their —4 goal differential doesn't bode well for a deep playoff run, and netminder Jordan Binnington, who took the Blues to greatness last season, seems to be struggling at the worst possible time.


Fortunately for them, Jake Allen has stepped in and performed exceedingly well, making 61 saves with four goals in his three postseason games up to this point—and most importantly, pulling St. Louis out of their rut with two wins. Vancouver has had a very different postseason story thus far.


After losing their first game in the qualifying round to the Wild, they've been a dominant force with a respectable +3 goal differential, winning five straight games. Vancouver's captain, Bo Horvat has been a leading contributor with six goals scored so far this postseason.


Accustomed to the underdog role, the Canucks are +120 on the NHL odds board against the Blues (—140) for Game 5 on Wednesday.


NHL Odds: St Louis Aims to Continue Recent Surge in Game 5 Against Canucks


After losing their first five games this postseason, Ryan O'Reilly and the St. Louis Blues have turned things around and are now tied 2-2 in their series with the Vancouver Canucks.


It took a risky goaltender change from Jordan Binnington to Jake Allen to resuscitate the Blues, who will now enter Wednesday's Game 5 with confidence.


The Canucks' special teams had dominated throughout their five-game win streak, but it looked like the Blues solved that problem, as they successfully defended against the Vancouver power play on seven occasions in Game 4, while netting two power play goals of their own. Coming off two straight losses, Vancouver is in the underdog role at +120 for Game 5 against St. Louis —140

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