- The Vegas Golden Knights host the St. Louis Blues on Thursday, February 13, 2020
- Vegas hasn’t won at home in over a month
- See the odds and best bet for tonight’s game which sees the Knights as home favorites
The Golden Knights vs Blues odds have Vegas at -145 to win the third and final matchup between these two teams this season on February 13, 2020, at 10:00 pm EST. A win would be Vegas’ first at home in over a month and snap a two-game winless streak for the team, which is off to a slow February, where they’ve gone 2-2-1.
For the Blues, tonight’s bout is the first game since Tuesday night’s matchup versus the Anaheim Ducks, during which defenseman Jay Bouwmeester suffered a medical emergency, causing the game to be postponed. The teams have previously beat each other once this season. Both teams have been slumping recently, with both winning just once in their last five contests.
Blues vs Golden Knights Odds
|+1 1/2 (-200)
|O 6 (-105)
|-1 1/2 (+170)
|U 6 (-115)
Odds taken February 12
Vegas Hasn’t Won at Home in Over a Month
While playing just one home game in nearly five weeks, the Vegas Golden Knights haven’t won at the T-Mobile Arena since January 4. They hope to get just their third home win of 2020 tonight in their season series finale against the St. Louis Blues, who they previously defeated 5-4 in overtime, after rallying from a 3-0 deficit.
🎥 Pacioretty: We know what we have in this room and we like what we have in this room. We like the way our system has been presented to us and we've found success with it lately, but we had a let-down the last game. pic.twitter.com/el98rOIkvr
— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) February 12, 2020
This was one of Vegas’ two 2020 home victories, the first coming two days earlier over the Philadelphia Flyers. Vegas has played six home games since January and have gone 2-3-1. Tonight’s bout vs St. Louis is the first of seven games they’ll play at home out of their next eight this month.
Goaltenders Struggling for Both Teams
One of the biggest reasons both teams are slumping as of late has to do with how their goaltenders have recently played. For the Blues, Jordan Binnington has gone 5-4-2 since January. He’s maintained a below-subpar 3.38 GAA and .878 SV%, only surrendering two or fewer goals in three of those 11 contests.
The numbers aren’t any better for Marc-Andre Fleury. The former first overall pick is 5-6-2 since January, with a 3.22 GAA and .883 SV%. Of those 13 contests, Fleury surrendered two or fewer goals in three.
Golden Knights Improving at Possession
Vegas is one of the league’s best possession teams five-on-five. They currently have the league’s highest Fenwick percentage (54.20) and scoring chances during games (55.91). They have one of the league’s three highest percentages in Corsi-For (54.11, 3rd), on-net shots (53.49, 2nd), and high danger chances (54.36).
The Golden Knights defense has allowed the:
7th fewest shot attempts
5th fewest scoring chances
12th fewest high danger chances
Vegas ranks 25th in save percentage.
Are you sure it has nothing to do with the goaltending?
— Jesse Granger (@JesseGranger_) February 9, 2020
Their possession numbers have vastly improved compared to where they were when these teams first met back in December, and Vegas has been the superior possession team in the two previous games these teams met.
Vegas hasn’t been a very reliable team for betters this season, having gone 27-30 in moneyline wagers, and 13-14 when they’re favored at home. They’re even worse when it comes to covering the spread, going 22-35 overall and 8-19 when favored at home. It’s worth noting the Blues have the fifth-highest games in the league where they’ve scored first. The 23 of those they’ve won are fourth-most among NHL teams.
St. Louis also scored first in each of the first two games against Vegas this season. Their epic implosion in their last matchup against Vegas inevitably happens to all teams at some point, but should keep this team on their toes tonight. Take the Blues moneyline and to score first. Vegas will have to wait before getting their third home win of 2020.
The Pick: St. Louis Blues (+125), Blues Score First (+110)