Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Alex Pietrangelo (7) skates up the ice against the Seattle Kraken during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chase Stevens)
Vegas is a heavy home favorite against St. Louis on Wednesday, October 20th at 10pm ET
The Golden Knights have won seven of the last eight meetings with the Blues
Read below for the odds, game preview and betting pick
The Vegas Golden Knights are listed as heavy home favorites against the St. Louis Blues in NHL action on Wednesday, October 20th. Puck drop is set for 10pm ET at T-Mobile Arena. TNT will carry the broadcast.
Vegas has won seven of the last eight meetings with St. Louis, but the Blues have gotten off to the better start this season. Craig Berube’s team is undefeated following a blowout win over Arizona.
Does St. Louis hold underdog value against Vegas on Wednesday night?
Blues vs Golden Knights Odds
Game Time (EST)
Wednesday Oct. 20
St. Louis Blues
O 6 (+100)
Vegas Golden Knights
U 6 (-122)
Odds as of Oct. 19 at FanDuel.
Knights Have Underwhelmed
Vegas is listed as heavy home favorites Wednesday evening, despite underwhelming to start the season. The Golden Knights are 1-1-0 following a 6-2 defeat to the Los Angeles Kings last week. Starting goalie Robin Lehner was replaced by backup Laurent Brossoit after allowing four goals on 31 shots.
Vegas is allowing 4.50 goals per game, which is a change of pace from the usually-defensive dominance we’re accustomed to. Lehner has proven in the past he can be a reliable starting goalie, but fans are already beginning to question if trading Marc-Andre Fleury was the right move. Lehner owns a .887 save percentage entering Wednesday’s game.
The biggest concern for Vegas right now might be injuries. The team is dealing with a myriad of injuries to several of its most important players. Max Pacioretty is out week-to-week, while captain Mark Stone is listed as day-to-day. Mattias Janmark, meanwhile, remains in COVID-19 protocol.
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‘Baby Blues’ Packing Punch
The youngsters on the St. Louis Blues have helped the team get off to a 2-0 start this season. The team is rising in the Stanley Cup odds after an explosive 7-4 win against Arizona on Monday. Jordan Kyrou had four points (two goals), while rookie Kim Kostin had two goals.
Woke up still thinking about this goal pic.twitter.com/ecpJedRMVw
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) October 19, 2021
St. Louis showcased their offensive potential by scoring five straight goals in a span of just over five minutes during the second period. Even though Arizona is projected to be one of the NHL’s worst teams this season, scoring seven goals in a game is impressive, no matter the opponent. Thirteen different Blues players registered a point in the game.
St. Louis is off to a 2-0 start for the first time since 2017-18. What might be most notable from their hot start is the play of goalie Jordan Binnington. He helped the team get past the powerhouse Colorado Avalanche in the season opener and is the key to the Blues potentially being a Stanley Cup sleeper team.
Recent Head-to-Head Results
Vegas 4 – St. Louis 1
Vegas 4 – St. Louis 3 OT
St. Louis 3 – Vegas 1
St. Louis 1 – Vegas 6
Vegas 5 – St. Louis 1
Blues vs Golden Knights Best NHL Pick
There are a few reasons why this NHL betting line might be a tad inflated in Vegas’ favor. The Golden Knights have simply dominated this rivalry of late and rarely lose on home ice. Vegas found a way to beat Seattle in their home opener and went 21-5-2 at T-Mobile arena last season.
The Golden Knights just haven’t been impressive enough to warrant a wager at such a heavy price Wednesday evening. The Stone injury is also significant, as he is the heart-and-soul of the team. As of Tuesday afternoon, there hasn’t been an update on his health status. Pacioretty has already been ruled out for the St. Louis game.
St. Louis has been the more impressive team in the early goings of the season and holds value as road underdogs in Tuesday’s NHL odds. They lead the Western Conference in offense (12G) and should exploit Vegas’ defense and goaltending that has looked shaky thus far.
Pick: St. Louis Blues Moneyline (+114)