St. Louis Blues at Vegas Golden Knights

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The St. Louis Blues travel to Sin City to face off against the Golden Knights in the teams’ fourth matchup of the year. Vegas is 2-1 over St. Louis in the season series, and the Blues will look to even it up in their only game on this stop.

Vegas Standing Strong Atop West Standings

The Golden Knights continue their stellar year-over-year performance since the beginning as an expansion team just three years ago. They’re currently at 21-7-1 with 43 points, which puts them on top in the West and fifth overall in the NHL. They lost their last time out, but previously had won five straight games, including the last two games against Monday’s opponent, St. Louis.

Their last game was a 3-1 loss to the Kings. It took a brilliant performance from Los Angeles goalie Cal Petersen to get the win; he stopped 41 of 42 shots from the Golden Knights, allowing just the one goal by Tomáš Nosek in the third period to earn the win.

Marc-André Fleury had a solid but below-average game, when compared to his performance on the season. He stopped 28 of 31 shots for a .903 save percentage, well below his .931 mark on the year. He also posts a 1.93 GAA on the season, a big reason for his team’s success thus far.

Blues Looking to Improve Performance Against Vegas

St. Louis is having a decent year to this point. They have a 16-10-5 record for 37 points, and stand at fourth in the West and 13th overall in the NHL. They come into this game having swept the Sharks in San Jose, and looking to redeem themselves against a Golden Knights team that swept them on their home ice just a week ago.

Their last game was a 5-2 win against the Sharks. Jordan Kyrou scored two goals, while Ryan O’Reilly and David Perron had a goal each, and Vince Dunn added one of his own. Both O’Reilly and Perron had three assists, totaling four points each. Perron leads the team with 33 points (12 goals, 21 assists).

Ville Husso played well in net, stopping 29 of 31 shots he saw from San Jose. This was an improvement from his usual performance; he posts a .885 save percentage on the year with a 3.40 GAA.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

Vegas is playing some of the best hockey in the NHL right now. Mark Stone is an absolute unit on the offense, with 35 assists on the year, and 35 points overall. He’s making Pacioretty and Marchessault’s job easy, setting them up with beautiful chances. Every team has an off night here and there, but Vegas has shown the ability to bounce back well. Golden Knights win.

Prediction:
Vegas -154

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Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

This will be the fourth matchup between these two teams this year. In the first three games, they combined for no less than six goals total, and scored eight regulation-time goals in two of them. At the very least, one can expect the Golden Knights to put up major goal-scoring numbers while Fleury stifles the opposition on the other end. Go with the over.

Prediction:
Over 5.5