Blues to End Record 8-Game Win Streak of Expansion Golden Knights

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Matthew Jordan

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 5:59 PM GMT

Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018 5:59 PM GMT

The game of the night Thursday on a busy NHL schedule is shockingly good expansion club Vegas putting its eight-game winning streak on the line as it visits St. Louis.

Vegas Golden Knights at St. Louis Blues (-115, 5.5)Free NHL Pick: Blues -115Best Line Offered: BetOnline

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Thursday is the second of three meetings between the Golden Knights and Blues this season, although it’s quite possible they could meet in the Western Conference Finals with Vegas leading the Pacific Division and St. Louis battling Winnipeg and Nashville for the Central Division lead.

On Oct. 21, the Golden Knights hosted the Blues and won 3-2 in overtime. William Karlsson scored at 4:36 of overtime to win it; he added an assist and was the game’s No. 1 star. Reilly Smith and Colin Miller had second-period goals for Vegas. Magnus Paajarvi had given St. Louis a 1-0 lead in the first, and Alex Pietrangelo scored at 14:52 of the third to tie it. The Knights started Malcolm Subban in net and he had 37 saves before leaving about midway through the third due to injury. Oscar Dansk stopped 10 of the 11 shots he faced in his NHL debut. Jake Allen was in net for the Blues.

The teams meet one final time on March 30 in Las Vegas.

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actually, truth be told, all of tonight was an enjoyable night to be a hockey team. we couldn't be more excited to be part of the @NHL....

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Knights Setting Expansion Records

I keep waiting for the Golden Knights to come back to earth, but their eight-game winning streak is tops in the NHL right now and is the longest-ever streak by a team in its inaugural NHL season. It has tied the 1976-77 Denver Nuggets of the NBA for the most wins in a row by a first-year team in any major North American pro sport. Vegas has a 13-game points streak as well, easily the longest ever by an NHL expansion team.

On Tuesday, the Knights beat Nashville 3-0 to improve to 7-0-0 this season against the four conference finalists from the 2016-17 season. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 29 shots in his second shutout of the season. The long-time Penguin is 8-1-1 on the season with a sterling 1.77 GAA and .943 save percentage. Those latter two would be second in the NHL if Fleury had enough game to qualify. Thanks to Fleury and Subban (10-2-0, 2.25 GAA, .922 SV), the Golden Knights are No. 2 in goals allowed. They haven’t given up more than three goals in a game during the winning streak and are an amazing 17-2-1 at home. But they are mortal on the road.

Bovada oddsmakers are now on the bandwagon as the Knights are +350 favorites to win the West and +700 second-favorites to Tampa Bay for the Stanley Cup.

St. Louis is 2-0 on its current three-game homestand, winning both by a 3-2 count. It went to a shootout Tuesday vs. the Devils. Carter Hutton didn’t allow a goal in the shootout and was the game’s No. 1 star with 24 saves. St. Louis has now won an NHL-best 20 games when leading after the second period.

Hutton has started both games of the mini-streak – Tuesday was only the second time this season that Hutton had started in a situation other than the Blues playing games on back-to-back nights -- and has a sterling 1.70 GAA and .944 SV in his 13 games. Those numbers would lead the NHL. Presumed No. 1 Allen is 18-12-2 with a 2.57 GAA and .913 SV. Remains to be seen which is in net for this one.

Regardless of who starts in goal, the Blues will be amped up for the Golden Knights’ only visit of the season and get the win on Thursday's NHL picks.

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