Vegas Golden Knights (5-6-1) at St. Louis Blues (3-4-3)
|Date & Time||Thursday November 1, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: St. Louis Blues -140 / Vegas Golden Knights +110 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Vegas Golden Knights and St. Louis Blues meet Thursday in NHL action at the Enterprise Center.
The Vegas Golden Knights look for a spark of consistency here after splitting their last eight games. The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging 2.2 goals per game and are scoring on 12.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Jonathan Marchessault leads Vegas with six goals, William Karlsson has six assists and Reilly Smith has 31 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 81.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Marc-Andre Fleury has given up 24 goals on 233 shots faced and Malcolm Subban has allowed seven goals on 59 shots. The Vegas Golden Knights have allowed three or more goals in each of their last four games.
The St. Louis Blues have a chance to win back-to-back games for the first time this season. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 29.5 percent of their power play opportunities. David Perron leads St. Louis with five goals, Ryan O'Reilly has 11 assists and Brayden Schenn has 27 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 3.9 goals per game and are killing 78.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Jake Allen has given up 33 goals on 261 shots faced and Chad Johnson has allowed six goals on 47 shots. The St. Louis Blues have allowed three or more goals in nine of their first 10 games.
The Golden Knights are 1-4 in their last 5 road games, 1-5 in their last 6 Thursday games and 5-11 in their last 16 overall. The Blues are 2-6 in their last 8 home games, 1-4 in their last 5 Thursday games and 4-12 in their last 16 overall. The over is 11-4-1 in Blues last 16 overall and the under is 7-1 in Golden Knights last 8 overall.
The Vegas Golden Knights and the plus money is an intruging play here based on how successful they've been in the underdog role since last year. However, the over 5.5 goals feels like low hanging fruit. Vegas has allowed three or more goals in each of their last four games and St. Louis has given up three or more goals in nine of their first 10 games. Defense has been a major issue for these teams, and they're allowing a combined average of 6.7 goals per game. I have to side with the over in this contest.