T-Mobile Arena is playing host to an intriguing showdown as the St. Louis Blues come into town to face the Vegas Golden Knights. The action will get started at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 4, and you are able to catch this Western Conference matchup live on AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain.
St. Louis Blues at Vegas Golden Knights Odds
St. Louis is 26-16 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 7.5 units this year. Through 42 regular season contests, 22 of its games have gone under the total, while 19 have gone over and none have pushed. As the away team in 2019-20, the Blue Notes are 13-9 SU.
St. Louis has converted on 24.2 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that places them in the top-5 among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 12th overall, and it has successfully killed off 81.9 percent of all penalties.
For the team as a whole, St. Louis has been called for penalties just 3.4 times per game overall in the 2019-20 season, and 4.2 per game over its last five on the road. The team has had to defend opponent power plays just 7.6 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Boasting a .916 save percentage and 27.4 saves per game, Jordan Binnington (19-11-4) has been the top option in goal for St. Louis this year. If head coach Craig Berube chooses to rest him, however, St. Louis may turn to Jake Allen (7-7-2 record, .931 save percentage, 2.17 goals against average).
The visiting Blues have relied heavily on David Perron and Ryan O’Reilly this year. Perron has 40 points on 16 goals and 24 assists, and has recorded multiple points eight times. O’Reilly has eight goals and 27 assists to his name (and has registered at least one point in 22 games).
On the other side of the ice, Vegas is 23-21 straight up (SU) and has lost 9.6 units for moneyline bettors thus far. Through 44 regular season contests, 21 of its games have gone over the total, while another 21 have gone under and just one has pushed. It’s 13-10 SU as the home team this season.
Vegas has converted on 22.6 percent of its power play chances this year, a figure that places it in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 12th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 82.1 percent of all opponent power plays.
Vegas players have been penalized 3.9 times per game this season, and 4.6 per game over their last five home outings. The team’s had to kill penalties 11.4 minutes per contest over their last five home games.
Marc-Andre Fleury has stopped 27.8 shots per game as the top choice in the crease for Vegas. Fleury has 17 wins, 12 losses, and three OT losses to his name and has registered a .912 save percentage and 2.76 goals against average this season.
Max Pacioretty (18 goals, 25 assists) will lead the offensive counter for the Golden Knights.
St. Louis Blues at Vegas Golden Knights Betting Predictions
Free NHL Pick: SU Winner – Golden Knights, O/U – Over
Vegas is 3-0 in games that go to shootout. St. Louis is 0-3 in shootouts.
The Golden Knights are 5-3 in games where they attempt at least 10 more shots than their opponent. They’ve averaged the league’s fifth-most shots on goal (34.1) while the Blues have attempted the 24th-most (just 34.1).
Vegas has scored 3.2 goals per game overall this season, but has upped it to 4.7 per match up in its past three games (the team’s a perfect 3-0 SU during that span).
Seven of St. Louis’ last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 5-2 in those games.
The Knights this season have handed out the fifth-most hits per game in the NHL (27.3), but that number has climbed to 33.4 over their last five home games.