Saturday, May 8, 2021 | 2:43 p.m.
The Golden Knights entered the season with a sub-.500 record against the Blues. And St. Louis was the lone team Vegas hadn’t recorded a regulation victory against in the franchise’s three previous seasons of existence.
It’s been a different story this season as Vegas is 5-1-1 against the Blues, including an overtime thriller last night. And while the Blues might be the first-round payoff matchup, the Golden Knights need to finish the regular season series first, which they will do when the puck drops at 7 p.m. at T-Mobile Arena.
If the standings hold through the rest of the regular season, the Golden Knights will claim the top seed in the West Division and the Blues will be fourth, setting up a first-round date with the first two games at T-Mobile Arena. The playoffs do not have a firm start date, but are expected to begin next weekend.
Marc-Andre Fleury is expected to get the nod for the Golden Knights, who are still fighting for first place in the West and for the Presidents’ Trophy as the top team in the league. Fleury is 2-1 this season against St. Louis, including stopping 34 of 35 shots in a victory on March 13.
The Blues are in an interesting position, in that they don’t have anything to play for in the standings. They are locked into the fourth seed, and cannot move up or down regardless of how they play over their final games. St. Louis did not have a morning skate Saturday, but could turn to backup goalie Ville Husso for the second game of a back-to-back.
TV: AT&T SportsNet (DirecTV 684, Cox 1313, CenturyLink 1760)
Radio: Fox Sports 1340 AM and 98.9 FM
Betting line: Golden Knights minus-220, Blues plus-190; over/under: 5.5 (minus-115, minus-105)
Golden Knights (38-13-2, 78 points; 1st place, West Division)
Coach: Pete DeBoer (second season)
Points leader: Mark Stone (60)
Goals leader: Max Pacioretty (24)
Assists leader: Mark Stone (39)
Expected goalie: Marc-Andre Fleury (2.07 GAA, .926 save percentage)
Blues (24-19-9, 57 points; 4th place, West Division)
Coach: Craig Berube (third season)
Points leaders: Ryan O’Reilly, David Perron (51)
Goals leader: Ryan O’Reilly (24)
Assists leader: David Perron (35)
Expected goalie: Ville Husso (3.46 GAA, .885 save percentage)
Golden Knights projected lineup
Mattias Janmark—Chandler Stephenson—Mark Stone
Jonathan Marchessault—William Karlsson—Alex Tuch
Nicolas Roy—Peyton Krebs—Alex Tuch
William Carrier—Keegan Kolesar
Brayden McNabb—Shea Theodore
Alec Martinez—Alex Pietrangelo
Nicolas Hague—Zach Whitecloud
Marc-Andre Fleury, Robin Lehner