**[Editor’s Note: As per Andy Strickland, this game has been postponed due to COVID protocols.]**
The Vegas Golden Knights will be out for revenge when they host the St. Louis Blues in a rematch of Tuesday night’s showdown. St. Louis prevailed 5-4 in the third round of a thrilling shootout. Still, the Blues are looking to find some consistency heading into Thursday night. Vegas has been mostly dominant since opening night. Let’s find out which team will come out on top in our Blues vs Knights betting preview.
St. Louis Blues (4-2-1) at Vegas Golden Knights (5-1-1)
When: Thursday, 9 p.m. ET
Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV
NHL Odds: OFF
Blues Consistently Inconsistent
St. Louis managed to get past Vegas as Brayden Schenn scored the game-winner and Jordan Binnington had 42 saves. Still, the only thing consistent about the Blues has been their inconsistency. If you didn’t know, St. Louis has alternated wins and losses in every game. The Blues are ranked 14th in scoring (3.0 gpg), but defense has been a problem. St. Louis is allowing 3.7 goals per game to rank 26th in goals allowed.
Knights Look To Get back On Track
After opening the season with four straight wins, Vegas has dropped two of three. Still, the Knights have the look of a legitimate Stanley Cup title favorite. Vegas has been impressive at both ends of the ice and ranks ninth in scoring (3.3 gpg) and seventh in goals allowed (2.3 gpg).
Max Pacioretty scored his seventh career hat trick and has a team-high six. Shea Theodore and Alex Tuch have both scored three goals and three other players have added two goals. Robin Lehner has been mediocre in four starts, but veteran Marc-Andre Fleury has been outstanding in three starts (1.00 GAA).
Expert Analysis and Prediction
I don’t see the Blues repeating. The Golden Knights have been the better team at both ends of the ice and the stats bear that out.
St. Louis is 0-4 in its last 4 games following a win. The Blues are 3-7 in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record. Vegas is 19-7 in its last 26 home games. The home team in this rivalry is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings.
Vegas has more offensive firepower than St. Louis and the Golden Knights should be highly motivated. I like the Knights to bounce back from Tuesday’s loss with a vengeance.
Vegas 5, St. Louis 3
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