St. Louis Blues at Vegas Golden Knights odds, picks and prediction
The St. Louis Blues (2-0-0) face the Vegas Golden Knights (1-1-0) Wednesday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Puck drop is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the Blues vs. Golden Knights odds and lines, and make our expert NHL picks, predictions and bets.
The Blues have fired out of the gate with a pair of high-scoring wins. St. Louis opened its season in Colorado, winning 5-3 Saturday to cash as moderate underdogs, and it won 7-4 at Arizona Monday as heavy favorites.
The Golden Knights opened at this venue against expansion Seattle, settling for a narrow 4-3 win last Tuesday. They hit the road for Los Angeles, and the Kings dusted the Golden Knights 6-2 Thursday. Vegas has enjoyed a couple of days of rest, looking to regroup.
Vegas also has some big skates to fill, as LW Max Pacioretty will be out until around Thanksgiving due to a foot ailment, while captain RW Mark Stone is a question mark due to a lower-body ailment.
Blues at Golden Knights odds, spread and lines
- Money line: Blues +105 (bet $100 to win $105) | Golden Knights -130 (bet $130 to win $100)
- Against the spread (ATS): Blues +1.5 (-240) | Golden Knights -1.5 (+175)
- Over/Under (O/U): 5.5 (O: -120 | U: -105)
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Blues at Golden Knights projected goalies
Jordan Binnington (2-0-0, 3.50 GAA, .879 SV%) vs. Robin Lehner (1-1-0, 4.21 GAA, .887 SV%)
Binnington has won each of his two starts, but he has coughed up seven goals in the two outings. He turned aside 22 of the 26 shots he faced last time out in Arizona, but the offense powered the team to a win to mask his shaky outing.
Lehner hasn't been particularly sharp in his two starts since taking over the top job following the trade of Marc-Andre Fleury to Chicago. He was knocked around for four goals on 31 shots in L.A. last time out.
Blues at Golden Knights odds, lines, picks and predictions
Golden Knights 5, Blues 3
The GOLDEN KNIGHTS (-130) are back on home ice, and that should snap them back on track after a shaky outing against the Kings. The Blues (+105) have won each of their two games, but the defense and goaltending hasn't been up to snuff.
St. Louis hasn't had a lot of luck against Vegas, going 1-6 in the past seven meetings and 1-5 in the past six trips to Sin City. The favorite has also cashed in 14 of the past 17 meetings overall, making VGK look all that much better.
The GOLDEN KNIGHTS -1.5 (+175) are worth a small-unit play at plus-money. They were 11-7 against the Blues last season and are looking to make a statement at home after a slow start.
OVER 5.5 (-120) is the best play in this one. It's not all about the trends, although that should make you feel confident. The Over is 9-2-1 in the past 12 meetings and 5-1 in the past six in Vegas. But the Over is also 2-0 for both teams, with the Blues averaging 6.0 goals per game so far, and the Knights averaging 3.0 goals per game while yielding 4.5 goals per outing.
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