Time to take a look at your Golden Knights betting in Monday night’s clash from Las Vegas, where they meet the St. Louis Blues in the first of eight games this season.
It was inevitable, says Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, that being his first meeting against the St. Louis Blues.
Now he wants to get it over with.
“I knew this day would come eventually,” Pietrangelo told media members after practice Monday. “I’ve been joking that I guess if you’re going to do it, just do it eight times in one year and get past it.”
Game 1 is Tuesday at T-Mobile Arena, and the Golden Knights are laying -150 on the moneyline, while the comeback price has the Blues taking +130.
St. Louis is 5-1-4 against the Golden Knights, who have won the last three meetings, two of which have been in overtime. Vegas is 4-1-0 at home all-time against the Blues.
WHY VEGAS ON THE PUCK LINE +150
Vegas has shown two different sides this season and have proven they’re a very good team offensively and defensively. This is a team that can open things up or will stick with you when the game score is low. We saw the latter in Sunday’s matinee, where the Golden Knights got a goal from William Karlsson with less than a minute remaining and Marc-Andre Fleury pitch his first shutout of the season. St. Louis hasn’t shown its full potential and has struggled at times with consistency at clearing pucks. That’s why the Blues, even at 3-2-1, have been outscored, 23-17. In a six-game cycle, considering three-game increments, Vegas has scored 5, 2, and 4 goals, and then 5, 2, and 1. Wouldn’t shock me to see the Golden Knights start a new increment and net 5.
WHY ST. LOUIS +130
Outside of the San Jose Sharks, it might be safe to say the Blues have become quite the Western Conference rival. Now in the same division, the rivalry is certain to heat up. St. Louis knows it has to get pucks in deep, work hard, and make it tough on Vegas’ defensemen. There was a time the Blues controlled this series, winning five of the first seven meetings, going 5-0-2 in those games. St. Louis still has a dangerous core from the team that dominated Vegas and limited it to an average of 2.14 goals per game in those first seven meetings. Vegas coach Peter DeBoer didn’t indicate who would be in goal, but he did give media members the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality with how he’s alternating goalies. Robin Lehner was tattered by the Coyotes in his last start, and now he faces a much more dangerous team. St. Louis has no choice but to set the tone in this first meeting.
THE PICK: Under 6, -130
I like the under in this game, as long as you’re getting the 1/2-goal jump to 6. I don’t mind laying the extra juice to avoid the 5 1/2, as this could very well be a 3-2 game with an empty netter waiting to happen. As mentioned, I expect Lehner to be in net, and he’ll be out to redeem himself. The Blues know they have to play heavy, and Vegas can adapt to that scheme and will oblige. Plenty of hits in this one, but also a very cautious game in avoiding penalties. Last thing either team wants to do is allow the other silly power-play opportunities. I know these teams have averaged 6.8 goals per game in 10 all-time meetings, but this is a new season, with new faces, and a rivalry headed to newer standards. Play this one low.