Game 6 update: The Canucks won 6-2 to win the series, with Tyler Motte scoring two goals and Jacob Markstrom stopping 34 shots.
Game 5 update: The Canucks won 4-3 on two goals by Tyler Motte and a goal and an assist by J.T. Miller.
Game 4 update: The Blues won 3-1 on two goals from Ryan O’Reilly, and 34 saves from Jacob Markstrom.
Game 3 update: The Blues won 3-2 after Brayden Schenn scored the game-winner in overtime and Jacob Markstrom stopped 48 shots.
Game 2 update: The Canucks won 4-3 in overtime, with Bo Horvat scoring two goals, including the game-winner.
Game 1 update: The Canucks beat the Blues 5-2 thanks to three goals in the third period. Bo Harvat scored two goals in the game.
The St. Louis Blues and Vancouver Canucks open their first round series on Tuesday as the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs get underway. The series takes place in the Toronto hub city, with the Blues getting to wear their home jerseys for four of the seven games.
The Blues are the No. 4 seed after getting swept in round robin play. The Canucks were the 7th seed in the qualifying round and beat the Minnesota Wild in four games. St. Louis enters the series as a -200 favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook against the +167 Canucks. The betting public is firmly behind the Blues in this one, with 66 percent of the handle and total bets.
Game 1 of the series gets going at 10:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, and the public thinks the Blues will get off to a strong start. St. Louis is -150 on the money line and is getting 73 percent of handle and 72 percent of bets. The Blues are -1.5 on the puck line and are getting 70 percent of handle and 86 percent of bets to cover that line. Bettors expect a lower-scoring game, with under the 5.5 total goals number getting 69 percent of the handle and 75 percent of total bets.
Both teams are in relatively good health. Blues reserve forward Sammy Blais missed Monday’s practice with what might be a leg injury, according to reporter Tom Timmermann. Canucks reserve forward Micheal Ferland missed time in the qualifying round and is unavailable for Wednesday’s Game 1.
Here is the Blues-Canucks series schedule. The Canucks win the series 4-2.
Game 1: Canucks 5, Blues 2
Game 2: Canucks 2, Blues 0
Game 3: Blues 3, Canucks 2 (OT)
Game 4: Blues 3, Canucks 1
Game 5: Canucks 4, Blues 3
Game 6: Canucks 6, Blues 2