Vegas Golden Knights at St. Louis Blues - 8/6/20 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Vegas Golden Knights (40-24-8) at St. Louis Blues (42-20-10)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 6:30 pm (Rogers Place)
The Line: St. Louis Blues +104 / Vegas Golden Knights -128 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Vegas Golden Knights and St. Louis Blues meet Thursday in a round robin NHL contest at the Rogers Place.
The Vegas Golden Knights look for another victory after beating the Dallas Stars in their bubble opener, 5-3. The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 22 percent of their power play opportunities. Mark Stone leads Vegas with one goal, William Karlsson has one assist and William Carrier has six shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 76.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Robin Lehner has given up three goals on 28 shots faced.
The St. Louis Blues look for a bounce back game after losing 2-1 to the Colorado Avalanche. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 24.3 percent of their power play opportunities. David Perron leads St. Louis with one goal, Ryan O'Reilly has one assist and Tyler Bozak has four shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Jordan Binnington has allowed two goals on 38 shots faced.
The Golden Knights are 9-2 in their last 11 games following a win, 9-2 in their last 11 games as a favorite and 12-2 in their last 14 overall. The Blues are 7-1 in their last 8 vs. Western Conference, 2-7 in their last 9 games as an underdog and 10-3 in their last 13 overall. The under is 5-2-1 in Golden Knights last 8 overall. The under is 4-0 in Blues last 4 overall. The favorite is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings. The over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The St. Louis Blues have won five of the last eight meetings against Las Vegas, but two of those losses came in the last two meetings, both taking place in overtime. The Vegas Golden Knights entered the unexpected break playing their best hockey of the season, and they seem to be in similar form after lighting the Stars on fire for five goals. The St. Louis Blues looked sloppy at times in their opening loss to Colorado, and they haven't had much success lately in the underdog role. I'll ride the hot hand and take the Golden Knights and the cheap price.