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St. Louis at Vegas
When: 10:00 PM ET, Friday, November 16, 2018
Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada

The Vegas Golden Knights gave fans a glimpse last time out of what it was like during their inaugural season and hope to build off that effort when they host the last-place St. Louis Blues on Friday night. The Golden Knights reached the Stanley Cup finals in their maiden NHL voyage before struggling with injuries and inconsistency through the first quarter of this season, but looked sharp in a 5-0 victory over Anaheim at home Wednesday.

“We played a full 60 minutes,” Vegas forward Alex Tuch told reporters. “At times, we gave up a few odd-man rushes, but everyone was on the same page, dialed in and working hard. It makes it easy on everyone. When you’re working as a five-man unit, this team especially I think is unstoppable.” The Golden Knights lost eight of their first 13 games in 2018-19 after falling 5-3 at St. Louis on Nov. 1 and have split six contests since, while the Blues continue their see-saw campaign. St. Louis looked ready to go on a run after wins over San Jose and Carolina last week completed a 4-1-0 stretch, but has dropped one-goal games to Minnesota (3-2) and Chicago (1-0) since to remain at the bottom of the Central Division. “We just have to find ways to win right now,” Blues coach Mike Yeo told reporters of his team, which is 0-4-3 in one-goal games. “That’s what it comes down to.”

TV: 10 p.m. ET, FS Midwest (St. Louis), AT&T Sportsnet Rocky Mountain (Vegas)

ABOUT THE BLUES (6-7-3): St. Louis had a 28-19 edge in shots Wednesday, but was shut out for the first time this season to add to the frustration for a team that ranked eighth in scoring (3.25 per game) entering Thursday. “We’ve been scoring tons of goals and giving up a lot and then we can’t score and we only give up one,” Blues center Tyler Bozak told reporters Wednesday. “It’s a tough loss. I thought we did a lot of good things, but we have to get back to work.” Center Ryan O’Reilly leads the team with 21 points, including 17 in the past 11 contests and five goals in a five-game span.

ABOUT THE GOLDEN KNIGHTS (8-10-1): Center Cody Eakin boasts three goals in his last two outings and six points during a five-game streak after scoring twice in Wednesday’s victory. “I’m just having fun,” Eakin, who has seven goals after netting 11 all of last season, told reporters. “I think that’s important to enjoy it and have fun. Pucks are going in right now. There will be times when they aren’t, but I’ll try and ride it.” Tuch also scored in the win over Anaheim and owns 11 points in 11 games since starting the season on injured reserve - six during a four-game point streak.

OVERTIME

1. St. Louis F Jaden Schwartz has three points in the last three games after posting four in his first 11 contests this season.

2. Golden Knights F Jonathan Marchessault, who leads the team with 15 points, has two goals and an assist in three games versus St. Louis since arriving in Vegas.

3. Blues C Brayden Schenn (upper body) has missed four straight contests and is questionable for Friday.

PREDICTION: Golden Knights 4, Blues 1
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
St. Louis 6-7-3-0 L2 5-5-1-0 1-2-2-0 0-1-0-0 6-6-3-0 1-4-3-0
Vegas 8-10-0-1 W1 5-2-0-1 3-8-0-0 2-2-0-0 6-8-0-1 2-0-0-1
Last Meeting
St. Louis Vegas
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
11/1/18 VEG 3 STL 5 26 31 1-3 34 21 1-3
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
St. Louis T. Bozak 2
Vegas A. Tuch 2
Goals Player  
St. Louis O. Sundqvist 2
Vegas P. Bellemare 1
Assists Player  
St. Louis R. Thomas 2
Vegas W. Karlsson 1
Saves Player  
St. Louis J. Allen 31
Vegas M. Fleury 21
Season
Total Points Player  
St. Louis R. O'Reilly 23
Vegas J. Marchessault 23
Goals Player  
St. Louis R. O'Reilly 9
Vegas J. Marchessault 12
Assists Player  
St. Louis R. O'Reilly 14
Vegas W. Karlsson 14
Saves Player  
St. Louis J. Allen 363
Vegas M. Fleury 419
Quickchart Matchup
St. Louis Off vs  Vegas Def
3.25 GF
2.79 GA
30.2 Shots
26.2 Shots
16 PP
8 PK
Vegas Off vs  St. Louis Def
2.53 GF
3.25 GA
34.2 Shots
31 Shots
11 PP
10 PK