10:07 pm
May 8

Blues @ Golden Knights

Who will WIN this matchup?

St. Louis Blues (24-19-9)

@ Vegas Golden Knights (38-13-2)


Starting Goalies:

Ville Husso (STL): Unconfirmed

Marc-Andre Fleury (VGK): Unconfirmed


Current odds:

St. Louis Blues: (+180)

Vegas Golden Knights: (-220)


The St. Louis Blues had reason to celebrate on Friday night despite blowing a 3-1 lead and losing with just 17.7 seconds left in overtime in the front end of a back-to-back with the West Division-leading Vegas Golden Knights. Thanks to Colorado’s 3-2 regulation victory at Los Angeles that ended a couple of minutes before Jonathan Marchessault put in the winning goal for the Golden Knights, the Blues picked up the point they needed to clinch fourth place and the final playoff spot in the West.

It’s the 44th playoff berth in franchise history for the 2019 Stanley Cup champions, who will try to earn a split with the Golden Knights on Saturday night in Las Vegas.

St. Louis (24-19-9, 57 points) is 16 points behind third-place Minnesota (34-14-5, 73) with just four games remaining so is locked into the fourth seed. More than likely, that means a first-round matchup with Vegas (38-13-2, 78 points), which holds a four-point lead over Colorado (35-13-4, 74). The Golden Knights have three games remaining, including a Monday night home game with the Avalanche, while Colorado still has four games left.

Although there has been speculation that St. Louis might rest players before the playoffs, forward Tyler Bozak said it is important that the Blues, who have an eight-game points streak (5-0-3), continue to build momentum.

Vegas, which improved to 20-4-2 at T-Mobile Arena with its sixth straight home win, has made finishing first and owning home ice a top priority heading into the stretch.

Vegas improved to 9-0 in overtime games with Friday night’s victory. “This was a tough one,” DeBoer said. “We’re coming back from a four-game road trip. The first game back after a road trip is always a little bit of a trap game. I thought we fought through that. It wasn’t the prettiest game, but we found a way. “It was an important two points. It was a gutsy win.”

StreakSmarter Pick
Vegas Golden Knights