Stadium: T-Mobile Arena (Paradise)
The St. Louis hockey team has lost to Vegas in their last three consecutive away head-to-head encounters. Will the Notes be able to break this bad streak now? Our prediction is the Knights will once again be closer to success!
Vegas are one of the main contenders for the Stanley Cup this season. Already in their first year, the Knights reached the playoff final, but after that, at least they cannot repeat their achievement so far. After their disappointing loss to Montreal in the semi-finals last season, Peter DeBoer’s men made a mixed start. They nearly missed out on a win against Seattle in the first game, when they won 3-0, but allowed the Krakens to level the score at 3-3, and then still won 4-3. The second meeting was less successful for Vegas, as they were thrashed 2-6 by Los Angeles.
St. Louis did not have the best last season, barely making the playoffs, where Colorado immediately defeated them in four games with a total puck difference of 7:20. During the offseason, the Blues seriously upgraded their roster, including some Russian players. Pavel Buchnevich was traded from the Rangers, and Klim Kostin came back from Avangard on loan. Four players with Russian passports play for the Blues now. Each of them has already had a successful performance in two starting games. Their team defeated Colorado and Arizona - 5:3 and 7:4, respectively. Moreover, Pavel Buchnevich was particularly memorable in the battle with the Coyotes, who decided to ram his head into his opponent, for which he will surely receive a suspension.
Expert Betting Tips
Vegas started the current regular season very pale. In contrast, St. Louis got two bright and productive victories. It will be difficult for the Notes to expect this good time to continue. They continue their away series when they play their third consecutive game in a day, and the Knights, after two games in the season opener, had four days off to recover and prepare. The home side’s head-to-head stats are also in favour, with six of last season’s eight wins between them. As a result, we’d have to bet on Vegas to win the matchup for 1.76.
A very solid performance characterizes the rivalry between Vegas and St. Louis. The teams have played 18 head-to-head encounters combining for 121 goals (6.72 average per game). It is a very high number for such a long distance. In the opening game of the current regular season, the opponents also felt free to play open hockey. The Knights beat Seattle 4-3 and then lost to Los Angeles 2-6, and the Notes beat Colorado and Arizona 5-3 and 7-4, respectively. With that in mind, Total Over 5.5 pucks for 1.83 would seem to be the best option.
Chandler Stephenson is a forward whose role in Vegas from season to season. He switched from Washington to the Knights as a lower-team player, so his stats were not excessive, but in 67 games last season, he recorded 41 points (14 goals + 27 assists), his personal best career record. Now, the 27-year-old forward intends to surpass that achievement since he has already notched two goals and one assist in the two starting games. The Canadian is in great form, so it is worth looking at a bet on Chandler Stephenson’s Total Over 0.5 points for 3.50.