The Central Division leading St Louis Blues (32-15-9, 73 points) are on the road Thursday night with a visit to the Vegas Golden Knights (28-22-8, 64 points). The St. Louis Blues most recent game against the Anaheim Ducks was postponed when Jay Bouwmeester was taken to a local hospital after suffering a cardiac episode while on the bench. The Blues’ defenseman was conscious and alert on the way to the hospital.
Vegas has suffered two straight defeats following a 4-0 shutout loss to the Minnesota Wild in their most recent outing. With those losses the Golden Knights have fallen back into a three-way tie for third place in the Pacific division two points behind second-place Edmonton and three points behind first-place Vancouver.
St Louis leads the Central by just one pointFollowing their postponed game on Tuesday the St. Louis Blues saw their lead in the Central Division cut to just one point over the Colorado Avalanche. St Louis has lost two straight and four of the last five with a victory over Carolina the only win thrown in the mix. Not only are the Avalanche breathing down the Blues back, but Dallas is just four points off the pace set by the Blues.
The leading goal scorer for St Louis is David Perron with 23 and the left-wing also leads the team in points with 54. Ryan O'Reilly is leading the Blues in assists with 39. The Blues defense is allowing 2.80 goals-per-game and the offense generates slightly more at 3.16 goals-per-game. The St.Louis penalty-kill is successful 80.7% of the time and the power play scores 25.3% of time
Vegas dropping down the standings in the PacificVegas has lost two straight and three of its last four and has fallen into third place in the Pacific Division. However, the Golden Knights have plenty of time to right the ship as the top five teams in the Pacific Division are separated by just three points and on any given day any one of the five could take over first place.
Vegas is led in goal scoring by Max Pacioretty with 24. Mark Stone is the assists leader with 33 and tops the Golden Knights in total points with 53. Vegas is allowing an average of 3.03 goals per game while the offense generates slightly more at 3.09 goals-per-game. The Vegas penalty kill is quite poor at 78.0% while the power-play is average at 20.4%.
- Vegas is 3-3 in the last six
- The Golden Knights are 4-4 in the last eight at home
- St. Louis is 1-4 in the last five
- The Blues are 1-7 in the last eight on the road