The Vegas Golden Knights and St. Louis Blues are less than 24 hours removed from an overtime thriller that ended in a 4-3 victory for the Knights. The Blues held an early 3-1 lead, but the Knights scored late in the second period and early in the third period to knot the game.
Vegas is 5-2 against the Blues with one game remaining between the two. There’s nothing easy about a back-to-back, but there’s a lot riding for both teams. It should be another exciting night as Vegas plays host to the Blues for the second night in a row on Saturday.
The NHL odds have the Vegas Golden Knights listed as favorites with a moneyline set at -190 while the St. Louis Blues are listed at +165, with a total over/under set at 5½ goals slightly favoring the under.
Their game is scheduled for a 10 p.m. ET puck drop inside T-Mobile Arena in fabulous Las Vegas. Both teams have clinched a spot in the playoffs and will have a chance at the big prize. If the season were to end today, these two would play each other in the first round.
Blues Eye Momentum?
The St. Louis Blues might’ve lost in overtime Friday, but the one point they picked up was enough to clinch a playoff spot — especially with the Los Angeles Kings losing in regulation. Since they can’t move up in the standings, they can start preparing for the first round.
The Blues are led by Ryan O’Reilly and David Perron, both of whom have tallied 50 points. O’Reilly leads in goals with 24, while Perron leads with 35 assists. Mike Hoffman, Jordan Kyrou, and Brayden Schenn each have 32+ points and 12+ goals.
Despite their road loss, the Blues remain a much better team on the road. They own a 14-8-4 record on the road, compared to a 10-11-5 record at home. If they plan on defeating the Golden Knights for the third time, they’re going to need to lean on their goaltending to get it done.
Golden Knights Inch Closer to No. 1 Spot
The Vegas Golden Knights are 9-0-0 in overtime games with their latest win against the Blues. Their 38-13-2 record remains the top record in the West Division, but they have yet to clinch that spot since the Colorado Avalanche are four points behind.
Having that No. 1 spot heading into the playoffs would be huge, giving them home-ice advantage throughout the first two rounds, so long as they continue to win. The Knights need to win a few more games to clinch that spot, or else they need to count on the Avalanche losing.
The good news is the Golden Knights have a team that plays extremely well together. Even in last night’s match against the Blues, Las Vegas coach Peter DeBoer said, “Tonight was a night we were a little flat as a group, and they got better as the game went on.” This would also be a fair description of the Golden Knight’s season, that despite any initial shortcomings, once they are rolling, the Knights become a very tough squad to stop.
They are led by Mark Stone, who has a team-leading 59 points and 38 assists. Max Pacioretty leads with 24 goals and is second on the team with 51 points. They own a 20-4-2 home record.
Vegas Primed for Yet Another Victory
The Vegas Golden Knights and St. Louis Blues always make for an exciting matchup. The winner has scored five or more goals in five of theseven matchups. They’ve also had two games end in overtime and one end in a shootout. Don’t be surprised if we see another one.
With that said, both teams have several injuries that could play a role in the outcome. The Blues have Sammy Blais, Vladimir Tarasenko, Torey Krug, and Vince Dunn listed as day-to-day. The Knights have Max Pacioretty listed as day-to-day, a key player that wasn’t in the lineup last night.
This will likely be a close matchup that comes down to the wire. Bet on the Vegas Knights to handle this tough St. Louis Blues squad, and close out the regular-season series with a win.