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Vegas Golden Knights vs. St. Louis Blues Pick & Prediction APR 7TH 2021

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5Vegas Golden Knights
6St. Louis Blues

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Vegas Golden Knights vs. St. Louis Blues Recap APR 7TH 2021

Alex Tuch had two goals and an assist and Shea Theodore also scored twice to lead the Vegas Golden Knights to a 6-4 victory over the St. Louis Blues in a round-robin game of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers on Thursday at Rogers Place in Edmonton.

Mark Stone scored what proved to be the game-winner with 7:29 left in the third period and Zach Whitecloud also scored for Vegas (2-0-0, 4 points) which will play Colorado (2-0-0, 4 points) for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference on Saturday. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 13 of 17 shots.

Colton Parayko scored two goals and David Perron and Troy Brouwer also scored for St. Louis (0-2-0, 0 points), which faces Dallas (0-2-0, 0 points) for the third seed on Sunday. Ryan O'Reilly and Zach Sanford each added two assists. Jordan Binnington finished with 32 saves.

Perron gave the Blues a 1-0 lead at the 4:02 mark of the first period with his second goal of the playoffs, firing a wrist shot from the high slot through Fleury's pads.

The two teams each scored three times in a wild second period. Parayko, left wide open in front of the net, made it 2-0 with a wrist shot over Fleury's shoulder and inside the right post.

Vegas then stormed back to take a 3-2 lead with three goals in the span of 6:23. Theodore started the comeback with a power-play goal with a wrist shot from the top of the left circle that found its way under Binnington's glove. Tuch then tied it when he jammed in a rebound of a Nick Holden shot inside the left post and then gave the Golden Knights a 3-2 lead when he scored on a backhand shot in the slot 2 1/2 minute later.

The Blues answered with two goals in the span of 21 seconds to take a 4-3 lead. Parayko tied it when he circled the net and easily beat Fleury with a wraparound shot. Brouwer followed with a one-timer from the bottom of the left circle off a Tyler Bozak feed.

Whitecloud tied it again, 4-4, with the first goal of his NHL career early in the third period, one-timing a Nicolas Roy feed from the bottom of the right circle into the top far corner. Stone then redirected a crossing pass from Brayden McNabb to make it 5-4, and Theodore followed a little over two minutes later with his second goal of the game with a shot from the right point past Binnington's blocker side.

--Field Level Media

Vladimir Tarasenko scored in the opening minute and Sammy Blais added a first-period goal as the St. Louis Blues defeated the visiting Vegas Golden Knights 3-1 on Wednesday to end a seven-game losing streak.

Jordan Binnington was huge in goal with 48 saves, helping the Blues snap an 0-6-1 skid. The brutal stretch saw St. Louis fall out of a playoff position in the West Division.

The Blues' Jake Walman scored his first career goal with 6:29 remaining in the game. The defenseman's score came in his 12th career game.

The victory came two nights after the Blues were thumped 6-1 by the visiting Golden Knights. St. Louis also ended its four-game losing streak Vegas, having given up at least five goals in each of those games.

Vegas' free-flowing offense on Monday, when a franchise-record 15 players recorded a point, was stymied by Binnington, who did not start in either of the past two games. His shutout bid was spoiled with 4:16 remaining when the Golden Knights' Nicolas Roy scored his second of the season.

Vegas goalie Marc-Andre Fleury recorded 32 saves.

In the opening moments, Tarasenko took the puck from Vince Dunn at center ice, moved across the blue line and fired a shot from near the left faceoff circle at the 48-second mark. It was Tarasekno's third goal in 15 games since returning from shoulder surgery.

St. Louis made it 2-0 at 7:21 of the first period when Blais fired a wrist shot from nearly the same spot as Tarasenko's goal. Blais' fourth of the season came off a pass from David Perron, who raised his team-best assist total to 25.

With just two goals until past the midway point of the third period, it was not the offensive windfall the Blues were looking for, but Binnington made it stand up. Even with the victory, the Blues have scored just 11 goals in their past eight games.

--Field Level Media

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GAMES

Last 10

W 80% L 20%
8 2
  • San Jose W 2 - 3
  • @Anaheim W 5 - 2
  • @Anaheim W 4 - 0
  • @Los Angeles W 6 - 2
  • @Los Angeles W 4 - 2
  • Arizona W 0 - 1
  • Arizona W 4 - 7
  • @St. Louis L 1 - 3
  • @St. Louis W 6 - 1
  • Minnesota L 2 - 1
W 33% L 67%
3 6
  • Colorado D 0 - 0
  • @Arizona L 2 - 3
  • Colorado L 4 - 3
  • Minnesota W 2 - 3
  • Minnesota W 1 - 9
  • Vegas W 1 - 3
  • Vegas L 6 - 1
  • @Colorado L 1 - 2
  • @Colorado L 2 - 3
  • Anaheim L 3 - 2

Next Games

  • San Jose(04-19-21) W 2 - 3
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  • @Anaheim(04-18-21) W 5 - 2
  • Colorado(02-16-21) L 3 - 2
  • Colorado(02-16-21) L 3 - 2
  • Colorado(04-20-21) D 0 - 0
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  • @Minnesota(03-25-21) L 0 - 2
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  • Minnesota(04-10-21) W 2 - 3

Last Meetings

  • Golden Knights @ Blues 1-3
  • Golden Knights @ Blues 6-1
  • Blues @ Golden Knights 1-5
  • Golden Knights @ Blues 5-1
  • Golden Knights @ Blues 5-4
  • Blues @ Golden Knights 0-0
  • Blues @ Golden Knights 5-4
  • Golden Knights @ Blues 6-4
  • Blues @ Golden Knights 5-6
  • Blues @ Golden Knights 4-5

Eastern Conference

AtlanticWL OTPTSHOMEAWAYGFGAST L10
Florida Panthers3012363 16-0-414-0-8152126L16-0-3
Tampa Bay Lightning3014161 17-0-613-0-8153121L15-0-5
Toronto Maple Leafs2812561 14-0-714-0-5147120L46-0-2
Boston Bruins2612456 14-0-612-0-6127110L27-0-2
Montreal Canadiens1915644 10-0-109-0-5126123L23-0-7
Detroit Red Wings1625537 10-0-106-0-15107153L34-0-4
Ottawa Senators1626335 9-0-107-0-16126166L14-0-6
Buffalo Sabres1227428 5-0-157-0-12111156L15-0-4

Western Conference

CentralWL OTPTSHOMEAWAYGFGAST L10
Colorado Avalanche309363 18-0-412-0-5154101L19-0-1
Minnesota Wild2813258 17-0-411-0-9137117L27-0-2
Winnipeg Jets2715155 11-0-716-0-8144120L16-0-3
Nashville Predators2521151 14-0-911-0-12126132L26-0-4
Chicago Blackhawks2120345 11-0-810-0-12129144L15-0-5
Dallas Stars1914644 12-0-67-0-8130113L26-0-2
St. Louis Blues1918442 7-0-1012-0-8124135L23-0-6

Eastern Conference

MetropolitanWL OTPTSHOMEAWAYGFGAST L10
Carolina Hurricanes3010363 16-0-314-0-7146108L16-0-2
Washington Capitals2913260 14-0-615-0-7163141L16-0-4
New York Islanders2913361 19-0-210-0-11133106L27-0-3
Pittsburgh Penguins2914260 17-0-312-0-11159132L16-0-3
New York Rangers2317450 11-0-712-0-10152124L16-0-2
Philadelphia Flyers2018343 9-0-1011-0-8128162L23-0-4
Columbus Blue Jackets1524636 8-0-87-0-16117163L71-0-8
New Jersey Devils1425230 4-0-1710-0-8115157L71-0-9

Western Conference

PacificWL OTPTSHOMEAWAYGFGAST L10
Vegas Golden Knights3211064 17-0-415-0-7150100L18-0-2
Edmonton Oilers2715256 14-0-813-0-7141121L16-0-2
Arizona Coyotes2021343 11-0-99-0-12123146L14-0-6
Calgary Flames1923240 10-0-109-0-13118133L24-0-6
San Jose Sharks1822238 8-0-1010-0-12120152L63-0-6
Vancouver Canucks1718236 10-0-97-0-9103122L36-0-3
Los Angeles Kings1620537 7-0-99-0-11114127L23-0-7
Anaheim Ducks1425533 5-0-169-0-9103147L23-0-6

Last Injuries

St. Louis Blues

  • Jordan Kyrou

    Illness
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Kyrou missed the previous game due to an illness, and it has yet to be determined if he will be available to battle the Avalanche on Thursday.

  • Vince Dunn

    Undisclosed
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Dunn is managing an unspecified ailment, leaving his status for Thursday's clash with the Avalanche clouded.

  • Robert Thomas

    Shoulder
    Late April | out

    Thomas is out of commission due to an upper-body injury, and he is not expected to return until the end of April.

  • Mike Hoffman

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Hoffman sat out the last two games dealing with an undisclosed issue, and it is unknown if he will be active Saturday versus the Wild.

Vegas Golden Knights

  • Keegan Kolesar

    Hip
    Out indefinitely | out

    Kolesar is sidelined with a hip injury, and team officials have yet to provide an exact return date.

  • Reilly Smith

    Undisclosed
    Ques Wed | questionable

    Smith missed the last game with an undefined injury, and it is unknown if he will play against the Sharks on Wednesday.

  • Tomas Nosek

    Undisclosed
    Out indefinitely | out

    Nosek is dealing with an undisclosed issue, and it has yet to be determined when he will return to action.

  • Ryan Reaves

    Undisclosed
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Reaves has been assigned to the long-term injured reserve list with an undefined injury, and there is no timetable for return.

  • Patrick Brown

    Undisclosed
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Brown has been added to the long-term injured reserve list with an undefined ailment, and a timetable for return has yet to be established.

  • Zach Whitecloud

    Upper Body
    Out indefinitely | out

    Whitecloud is sidelined with an upper-body injury, and there is no timetable for his recovery.

  • Alec Martinez

    Undisclosed
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Martinez sat out the last game dealing with an undisclosed injury, and it is unclear if he will be in the lineup Friday versus the Coyotes.