Golden Knights at Blues Preview and Betting Pick: The Golden Knights are having a better than expected season, as they sit atop of the western division two games and one point ahead of the Blues with a record 16-5-1 good for 33 points. The Golden Knights have fought through some tough goalie play and injuries this season too with longtime starter Robin Lehner missing chunks of time at various points so far this season. There really isn’t one true superstar on their team but they find a way to grind out tough wins and that’s why they’re first in their division.
The Blues have exceeded expectations and then some this season. Before the season started the Blues knew they’d be without their superstar forward Vladimir Tarasenko for most of the first half of the season coming back from shoulder surgery. The Blues fought through that and now sit only two games and one point behind their opponents tonight with a record of 14-8-4 good for 32 points.
Las Vegas Preview
The Golden Knights have the 7th most points in the league through the first two and a half months of the season. Their top point scorer is Mark Stone with 27 points on the season. They also just got the news that star defenseman Alex Pietrangelo will miss significant time due to an “undisclosed” injury. Before he got hurt he was on fire with one goal and five assists through his last seven games.
The Golden Knights are 10-12 against the spread this season but 16-5 on the moneyline, which means they win a ton of games but cover the spread at a rate below 50% so far. Their goalies availability has been up and down this season as well with Robin Lehner missing their last 15 games due to an upper body injury and the backup goalie, Marc-Andre Fleury, has been sensational with a record of 12-4 with a .94 save percentage with a 1.5 goals against average. Both of those are top three in each category.
St. Louis Preview
The Return of Vladimir Tarasenko will be huge for the Blues moving forward. The Blues are 0-2 with him back so far but he still has to get back to his 20-21 minute ice time and get back onto the top line again. He has yet to record a point in the two games he’s been back for but as we’ve seen from him in the past he can score in bunches when he gets on a hot streak. The Blues beat this same Vegas team 5-4 in January.
The Blues also just signed goaltender Jordan Binnington to a crazy six year, 36 million dollar contract extension which locks him up beyond the 2025-26 season. Binnington hasn’t been great but he certainly hasn’t been as bad as some of the other goalies. With a .91 save percentage and only a 2.6 goals allowed average on the season to go along with nine wins, he is a top 10 goalie in this league and they were right to lock him up.
Golden Knights at Blues Preview and Betting Pick
Las Vegas and St. Louis odds and lines:
PointsBet has opened the odds with the Blues favored by 1.5 goals with the over/under set at 5.5.
Free pick of the night:
My free pick of the night is Golden Knights moneyline with odds of -104.