This has been a very, very good four game homestand so far for the Blues. Wins of 7-2 and 5-2 over the Edmonton Oilers and Detroit Red Wings began it, and a thrilling 4-3 win over the best team in the NHL continued it. Tonight, the Blues conclude the homestand with another very hot, very playoff bound team: the Vegas Golden Knights.
Vegas has won ten of their last 12 games, though their last game was a 3-2 OTL to the Wings. They’ve been absurd without their starting goaltender, Marc Andre Fleury, who has been out for four games with a lower body injury. Mark Stone’s been a revelation since being freed from the Ottawa Senators.
The Blues haven’t exactly been slouches recently. They have points in eight of their last ten games and have crept up to two games off of the Nashville Predators for second place in the Central Division. Thanks to the Dallas Stars remembering how to lose a game, they’ve opened up a six point cushion against them in the Wild Card race. And, for good measure, a Blues’ win tonight coupled with a Wild and Arizona loss on Tuesday could clinch a playoff berth. Hockey’s way more fun when you can breathe easily, isn’t it?
The Blues haven’t lost a regulation game to Vegas yet, and they’re 2-0 this season against last season’s Western Conference champions and have more than doubled up on the scoring against them. Goaltender Malcom Subban may have his hands full if the Blues decide to copy their first period scoring barrage from Saturday night.