The St. Louis Blues travel to Las Vegas for a Saturday night matchup against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena. The Blues are coming off a real ugly performance against the Colorado Avalanche. They were losers by a score of 7-3 at the Pepsi Center on Thursday night. Jordan Binnington never had it in that one, as he yielded 7 goals on 41 shots. With that in mind, Binnington didn’t get much help from his team. He was left out to dry, and the offence struggled to keep up with the quick strike Avalanche.
The loss was the Blues’ second in a row, as they fell by a score of 3-1 on New Year’s Eve against the Coyotes in the desert. St. Louis will head home following this outing and meet up with the San Jose Sharks at the Enterprise Center on Tuesday. They’ll play five straight games at home, before heading out on the road for another road trip. The Blues were on fire before heading to Arizona, having not lost a game since December 10th against the Sabres. That was an eight-game winning streak for the Blues, which is the second win streak of at least seven games for them this season.
The Blues’ first win during their recent eight-game winning streak was against the Golden Knights on December 12th. Binnington looked much better then, as he stopped 27 of 29 shots for a 4-2 win. That couldn’t be further from the truth in his most recent showing against the Avalanche. Every goaltender is going to have an off night, though, so it isn’t likely a concern for the Blues going into Las Vegas. He must be much better against a Golden Knights team who are picking up momentum of late.
Vegas have been playing like a team ready to pull away from the pack in the Pacific Division. They head into Saturday night on a three-game winning streak and wins in seven of their previous ten outings. The Golden Knights lead the division with a record of 23-15-6 and 52 points. There are five teams within five points of the Golden Knights, so this division is wide open. Despite a slow first-half for the Oilers and Flames, they’re still alive and well in the divisional hunt. I suspect somebody is going to get scorching hot soon. Could that team be the Golden Knights? A fourth straight win, this time over the defending Stanley Cup Champs would help. Head below for our free Blues vs. Golden Knights pick.
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Jordan Binnington’s numbers naturally took a slide after allowing 7 goals against the Avalanche. But, he’s still been reliable, having posted a 2.55 GAA and 0.916 save percentage heading into Las Vegas. He had allowed 2 or fewer goals in four of six games before having a lot of problems against the Avalanche. The Blues are still a top-5 defence despite the regression, as they’ve allowed 2.64 goals against per game in 2019-20.
This team looked a whole lot better now than they did at this time last season. They were dead last in the league, and suddenly turned on the jets and won the Stanley Cup months later in the spring. The Blues enter with a record of 26-10-6 and 58 points, as they’ve built up a nice lead in the Central Division. Despite the win for the Avalanche, they trail the Blues by 6 points, so the Blues are still the team to beat. They will face a Golden Knights team down a regular contributor at T-Mobile Arena this afternoon.
Jonathan Marchessault will be out with a lower-body injury for this contest. Marchessault has been a solid and consistent contributor for the Golden Knights. He’s recorded 15 goals and 16 assists for 31 points on the year. With Marchessault absent, they will lean on Alex Tuch to make up for the lost production. Tuch hasn’t been nearly as efficient, having scored 6 goals and 7 assists. It’d be nice to have a fully healthy team, because the Blues are a squad that have given the Knights a ton of issues in the past.
The Blues have matched up extremely well against Vegas in previous meetings. They’re winners in four straight against the Knights, including a 4-2 win a few weeks ago in St. Louis. During their four-game winning streak, the Blues have outscored the Knights by 7 goals. Note that their only losses against Vegas have come in overtime.
The Golden Knights have yet to beat the Blues in regulation. Binnington has been terrific, with a 1.50 GAA and 0.944 save percentage, as he’s stopped 51 of 54 shots. And even though the Blues have lost their previous two games, they’ve still scored 3.7 goals per game while allowing 2.6 goals in their last ten outings. After such a terrible performance against the Avalanche, we have to think that the Blues will show some pride and respond in Las Vegas on Saturday afternoon. They at least have a better chance of winning here than the odds are indicating. That provides us with a bettable price on the Blues at +120.