Golden Knights vs Blues Picks and Predictions for March 13

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Updated: March 13, 2021

Vegas won a back-and-forth tilt with the Blues last night, needing OT despite a one-sided statistical matchup. Tonight they aim for a sweep with two backup goalies likely in net.

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The push for first place in the West Division continues on Saturday as the Vegas Golden Knights and St. Louis Blues finish off a back-to-back set.
 
The Knights skated off with an OT win last night in a back-and-forth 5-4 victory. Saturday’s match should give way to each teams’ backup goalies.

Oddsmakers opened Saturday night’s contest as a pick ‘em with the total opening at 5.5 and trending upwards with backups projected to start.

Here are our free picks and predictions for Vegas Golden Knights vs St. Louis Blues for Saturday, March 13 (8:00 PM EST).

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Injuries

Golden Knights: Alex Pietrangelo D (out), William Carrier F (questionable).
Blues: Jaden Schwartz F (out), Robert Thomas F (out), Ivan Barbashev F (out), Tyler Bozak F (out), Colton Parayko D (out), Oskar Sundqvist F (questionable). 
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Betting trend to know

The Under is 13-3 in the Golden Knights’ last 16 in the third game of a 3-in-4 days situation. Find more NHL betting trends for Golden Knights vs. Blues.

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The line opened at Vegas -109, with the total at 5.5. Early action favored Vegas, and has been split on the total. Check back later for a full report from Patrick!

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Moneyline pick

It was an epic battle last night as two of the best teams in the West went toe-to-toe with the Golden Knights picking up the extra point in OT. Vegas blew a 3-1 lead and trailed in the third period before tying it up. The scoreboard tells a story of a close game, but statistically, it was all Vegas.

The Knights finished the game with 4.01 expected goals compared to the Blues’ 1.72 and out-chanced St. Louis nearly 4 to 1. If it weren’t for a likely-exhausted Marc-Andre Fleury (-2.24 goals saved above expected), this one could have been another Vegas cover.

One of the bigger stories heading into this two-game set was the defensive responsibility of St. Louis, who was short of quality centermen. Vegas took advantage of this and recorded four even-strength goals with all four lines getting in on the scoring.

The loss makes it three in a row for the Blues, who have gone to extra time in four straight. This is a team that is thin down the middle and facing the division’s best team in Vegas.

St. Louis will likely turn to rookie goalie Ville Husso Saturday. Husso is 4-1 SU in his last five starts but owns a 3.00 GAA and a .892 SV%. It should be noted that all five of those games came against the division’s four worst teams. Husso will have to steal a game and we don’t like his chances against the balanced and speedy Golden Knights.

Vegas is 7-2 SU in its last nine games and will look to play better defensively with rookie goalie Logan Thompson likely to draw the start. There isn’t much tape on the young goalie who has just over eight minutes of NHL experience. This could work in the Knights’ favor as it gives the Blues less to study. The first-place Knights should step up for the youngster in his first NHL start.

Also in Vegas’ favor is the schedule. The Blues finished a six-game road trip before this home series and will be packing up their suitcases again Saturday night as they begin another six games on the road starting Monday in L.A. We’re riding the Knights for a second straight night.

PREDICTION: Vegas ML (-110)

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Over/Under pick

Last night’s game hit the Over early in the third as the Knights and Blues combined for nine goals. If you’re expecting another shootout on Saturday, you could be holding a losing ticket by the end of the night. Both these clubs could easily rebound defensively and may need to with a pair of rookie goalies in net.

St. Louis’ Husso has hit the Under in his two most-recent starts and should get a team with an edge on Saturday, as coaches don’t like giving up five goals. We’d expect a very conservative approach offensively from St. Louis, with more emphasis on cutting down the Vegas chances, which was the biggest difference in last night’s contest.

Vegas held the Blues to under 2.00 expected goals but gave up two third-period power-play goals, which was quite uncharacteristic of one of the league’s best penalty-killers. As noted above, the Knights will be looking to give their likely rookie starter a win in his first NHL start and that will have to happen with attention to defensive detail.

Once these goalies are confirmed, we could see the total move to 6 as the public loves to fade back-up goalies, especially after a nine-goal game. The truth is, fading backups isn’t always the best route as teams change the way they play in front of different goaltenders. 

We’re looking to hit this Under but think the best time to do so is just before puck drop and after the public has pushed the total up.

PREDICTION: Under 5.5 (+100)

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  • Vegas ML (-110)
  • Under 5.5 (+100)

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