The Vegas Golden Knights hit the road as they make a stop in St. Louis for a clash with the Blues. It goes as an understatement that the Golden Knights are exceeding expectations. They’re exceeding expectations and than some. In fact, the Knights have been so good that odds makers have them as a top-5 team to win the Stanley Cup. It’s easy to forget, but this is an expansion team. Just reaching the playoffs will be an accomplishment, never mind proving to be a Stanley Cup contender.
They did a marvelous job at drafting, especially grabbing former Penguins who are experienced and have been there before. Notably, Marc-Andre Fleury and James Neal. Fleury and Neal were together for some special moments in Pittsburgh. If you want to build a team from the ground-up, you certainly want players that have been on successful rosters in the past. Fleury and Neal fit that billing.
Let’s remember here that the Golden Knights were without Fleury for a good chunk of the season. They were also without their backup as well. With Fleury out, most of their losses came in high-scoring affairs. So, if Fleury was healthy all season long, unbelievably, the Golden Knights might have a better record than 27-9-0. They’re currently on an eight-game winning streak, as they broke an expansion team record. Six of those eight games came at home.
Their other two wins on the road were against the Ducks and Kings on a back-to-back. They’ve been better at home, with a whopping record of 17-2-0. On the road they’re winning games at a clip of 10-7-0. They take on a Blues team who narrowly won their last two against the Hurricanes and Devils. They needed an offside review to go their way, and a goal in overtime to come up successful against the Devils. It hasn’t been the best of stretches for St. Louis, and now they face a red-hot Vegas squad. Head below for our free Golden Knights vs. Blues pick.
Vegas Golden Knights vs. St. Louis Blues Pick
The Blues got a couple of goals in a shootout to down the Devils. The Devils are a pesky bunch and have been fighting hard this season. It was only their fourth win in the last ten games. The Knights had troubles in their own end without Fleury, but they’ve been defensive specialists during this winning streak. Vegas has allowed just 1.5 goals per game. If they can keep this defensive minded surge, the Golden Knights will just be fine come the spring. They will not survive by getting into those high-scoring matchups from earlier in the season. However, if they keep winning games like this, look out for Vegas.
In their last ten games, the Golden Knights have scored 3.7 goals per game and allowed 1.7 goals. Naturally, that’s a winning formula, but when is there regression going to happen? It’s going to come, whether they reach the playoffs and do well. The best of teams go through rough stretches, and how the Golden Knights respond after the fact, is going to tell a lot about this roster. Even if they weren’t an expansion team, I’d say they have to regress a bit. These two squads met in October, which resulted in a 3-2 win for the Golden Knights in overtime. I like to think, after beating the high-powered Maple Leafs and Predators, the Knights are going to hit a wall in St. Louis tonight. They’re definitely not the same team on the road as they are at home, too. Look for a letdown for Vegas tonight. This looks like the perfect spot for them to slip-up and have their eight-game winning streak snapped.
PICK: BLUES (-120)