St. Louis Blues vs Vegas Golden Knights NHL Pick – October 20

The NHL is set up with another solid slate of games throughout October 20. Two games will be up on the board throughout Wednesday night. One of these matchups will be between the St. Louis Blues and the Vegas Golden Knights. These two teams have had solid starts to the season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 10:00 PM Eastern time on TNT.

St. Louis has jumped out to a 2-0-0 start to this season, which has them in the top spot of the Central division. The Blues were able to earn a playoff spot a season ago, but were swept in the first round. St. Louis will look to come out strong again in this playoff series. The Blues will look to come out hot again in this matchup.

The Golden Knights have earned a record of 1-1-0 to open up the new season, which has them sitting in seventh place of the Pacific division. Vegas is coming off a loss in their last outing. The Golden Knights went to the Conference Finals a season ago and will look to start strong again this season. I expect Vegas to look to bounce back against the Blues on Wednesday night.

These two teams are coming off postseason appearances, but fell short last season. Now both teams will look to come out strong once again in this season. The Blues have not lost yet this season, while Vegas is coming off a loss in their last outing. If either team can jump out to a fast start in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
St. Louis Blues +1 ½ (-215) +110 Over 5 ½ (-120)
Vegas Golden Knights -1 ½ (+185) -121 Under 5 ½ (+109)

 

Team Data St. Louis Blues Vegas Golden Knights
Overall Record 2-0-0 1-1-0
Away/ Home Record 2-0-0 1-0-0
Goals Per Game 6.00 3.00
Goals Per Game Away/ Home 6.00 4.00
Save Percentage .879 .885
Save Percentage Away/ Home .879 .903

Betting Trends

St. Louis Blues

  • 73-69 in last 142 games
  • 28-15 in first half of season last two seasons
  • 42-44 in last 86 games after a divisional game
  • 21-31 in last 52 games after giving up four or more goals
  • 23-16 in last 39 games after winning by two or more goals

Vegas Golden Knights

  • 102-66 in last 168 games
  • 23-22 in first half of season last two seasons
  • 7-5 in last 12 games after three or more days rest
  • 67-33 in last 100 games after a divisional game
  • 32-16 in last 48 games after allowing four or more goals
  • 21-11 in last 32 games after losing by two or more goals

These two teams met up eight times throughout last season. The Golden Knights earned a record of 6-1-1 throughout those matchups. Vegas has outscored the Blues 34-19 throughout those matchups. St. Louis will look to bounce back in this season series. If the Golden Knights can come out hot again in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Special Teams

The Blues have been solid on both sides of special teams to open up the new season. St. Louis has scored on two of their four power play chances, which is a 50 percent success rate. The Blues have killed off six of the seven penalties against, which is an 85.7 percent penalty kill.

Vegas has not been great on either side of special teams early in this season. The Golden Knights have gone 0-4 on the power play early in this season. Vegas has also given up two power play goals on five penalties against, which is a 60 percent kill rate.

St. Louis has had a much better start on special teams this season. Last season, the Blues had the better power play, while the Golden Knights had a better penalty kill. St. Louis will look to keep their advantage on both sides in this one. If either team can score a power play goal or two in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Goaltending Comparison

Jordan Binnington will likely get the start in the crease for St. Louis in this one. Binnington has earned a record of 2-0 to open up this new season. He has posted a save percentage of .879 and a 3.50 GAA in those matchups. Binnington stopped 22 of 26 shots against the Arizona Coyotes in his last start, which was enough for the win.

I expect Robin Lehner to get the nod in the net for the Golden Knights on Wednesday night. Lehner has gone 1-1 in his first two starts of the season. He has put up a .887 save percentage and a GAA of 4.21 in those starts. Lehner’s last start was against the Los Angeles Kings. He finished with 27 saves on 31 shots before getting pulled in the loss.

These two goalies have not had great starts to the new season and will look for a big win in this one. Binnington has still been strong enough to earn two wins on the season. Lehner was pulled against the Kings in his last start and will look for a win in this one. If either goalie can control the pace, it could be enough for the win on Wednesday night.

Pick Overview

The Blues have had a solid start to this season, but I think they will take their first loss of the season against Vegas. The Golden Knights have already been hit hard with injuries, losing Mark Stone and Max Pacioretty. If Vegas can get some forwards to step up in their place early in this matchup though, I think they can earn a big win at home.

BetOnline has Vegas listed as a -121 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Golden Knights will win this game around 54.8 percent of the time. I think that this line is accurate with Vegas at home against the Blues. The Golden Knights dominated the season series a year ago and will look to hand St. Louis their first loss of the season in this one. I like the value on Vegas on Wednesday.

The Bet
Vegas Golden Knights
-121
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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