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The St. Louis Blues will travel to the T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday night to take on the Vegas Golden Knights in a battle of the top-tier teams in the West Division. The Blues (3-2-1) are coming off a 6-3 loss on Monday night against the Los Angeles Kings to end their four-game homestand. The Golden Knights (5-1-0) are leading the division and are undefeated at home to begin the season. They are coming off a 1-0 shutout victory in Arizona on Monday night against the Coyotes.
This could be a huge swing if the Blues are able to sweep this two-game set. The only way to get that to happen, they have to win the first game otherwise there can be a huge difference in the standings. Let’s take a deeper dive into the matchup to decide where we should be placing our bets.
Gotta Produce More
St. Louis has been struggling in the early stages of this season but one thing is for certain: center Jordan Kyrou has been playing extremely well to begin the season. The 2016 second round pick is leading the team in points and assists as he has six points (two goals, four assists) this season and has recorded at least one point in three of his last four games played. In his last game against the Los Angeles Kings, he finished with a pair of assists and three shots on goal without putting one through the net in 14:59 on the ice. Kyrou has shown the ability to be a productive scorer but against this Vegas unit, it will be a struggle for him.
It has been weird to begin the season for the Blues as Vegas Golden Knights had Jordan Binnington start in goal for most of the season. In their last game, they decided to have Ville Husso make his St. Louis debut and it was brutal as against the Kings. In that game, Husso allowed five goals on 34 shots. Jordan Binnington has been in goal the rest of the games (and should be in this upcoming game) while allowing 12 goals on 137 shots this season. The Blues have been terrible on defense this season as they have allowed the 27th-most goals this season (23). If he can figure out a way to correct his mistakes and play well in the net, the Blues can be a force in this division.
Write It In Stone
The Vegas Golden Knights have been solid in the early stages of this season and one of the reasons is the play of right winger Mark Stone has been playing extremely well to begin the season. The 28-year old is leading the team and tied for third in assists in the NHL as he has eight points (two goals, six assists) this season and has recorded at least one point in five of his first six games played. In his last game against the Arizona Coyotes, he struggled as he did not record a point and only attempted a single shot in 20:50 on the ice. Stone has shown the ability to be a productive scorer and with the struggling Blues defense, he should be able to control the game.
Marc-Andre Fleury has been starting in the goal for the Vegas Golden Knights for most of the season. He has allowed three total goals on 61 shot attempts in his three games this season. In the last game against the Coyotes, Fleury finished with a shutout victory on just 16 shots. He has been a force in the net this season as he is dominating with the limited amount of shot attempts against him and should continue lowering his career 2.57 goals per game allowed. If he keeps this up, no other person will see time in the crease for the foreseeable future for the Vegas Golden Knights.
Vegas: 5-1 in their last 6 games as a favorite
Vegas: 28-11 in their last 39 games
St Louis: 0-4 in their last 4 games played on 1 days rest
St Louis: 2-7 in their last 9 games vs a team with a winning record
The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Golden Knights have been one of the best teams in the NHL to begin the season and it’ll take a lot to go wrong for the Blues to beat them. Fleury has been incredible as he is allowing one goal per game while in the net and is coming off a shutout victory. St Louis has struggled defensively and does not have the weapons to counter what Vegas has. The Blues struggle against winning teams while the Golden Knights win as a favorite. Go with Vegas to win here and cover the puck line.
Full-Game Total Pick
The Golden Knights are coming off a 1-0 shutout victory where the only goal was scored by center William Karlsson while the Blues lost 6-3 in a game where center Brayden Schenn finished with a pair of goals. I don’t expect the Golden Knights to give up more than one goal throughout the game and the game should finish around four to five total goals. The under hit in six of the last eight Blues road games and is 9-4-1 in the Golden Knights last 14 games. Go with the UNDER before it falls to 5.5 goals.