Las Vegas–Heading into their seventh game of the season, the Vegas Golden Knights will be facing their biggest test when they face off against the highly offensive potent St. Louis Blues led by Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz tonight.
One of the “Class of 67” the Blues have pretty hockey story as being the only franchise of the post “Original 6 Era” to make the Stanley Cup Finals for their 1st three years of existence in the league only to be defeated by the Montréal Canadiéns twice (1968 and 1969) and one time from the Boston Bruins (1970).
St. Louis Blues are the first “Class of 67” franchise to make a stop over in Las Vegas for a regular season game in the history of the NHL.
The franchise has retired some prestigious players of the game in Al MacInnis, Bob Gasoff, Bob Plager, Barclay Plager, Brian Sutter, Bret Hull, and Bernie Federko.
MacInnis and Hull, along with Bob Plager are the most recent players in Blues history that have had their numbers retired by the organization.
Last year, the St. Louis Blues completed the 2016-17 campaign in the 3rd position with a 46-29-7 (24-21-5 under Ken Hitchcock and 22-8-2 under Mike Yeo) for 99 points.
Heading into their matchup against the Golden Knights, the Blues are the current Western Conference leaders in the standings with 8 games played to their credit with a 6-2-0 record for 12 points and sit in atop of the Central Division ahead of the Chicago Blackhawks by two points.
Schwartz of the Blues is their leader in points with 12 along with goals at 6 thru 8 games and has 6 assists and is a plus 7. Defenseman Alex Pietrangelo leds the Blues in assist with 8. Pietrangelo also has 10 points of the season.
On the year, Tarasenko thru 8 games has 9 points (4 goals and 5 assists) and like Schwartz is plus 7.
Paul Stastny currently anchors the team in points at 4th place with 8 (3 goals and 5 assists).
Schwartz, Pietrangelo, and Tarasenko, Stastny are a serious threat that the Golden Knights are up against and will need to be aware of those players when they are on their respective shifts.
Another threat they need to keep in mind is Vladimir Sobotka who along with Schwartz is tied for 2nd place in assists with 6 each.
As mentioned in the headline for this game day post this is a huge test for the Vegas Golden Knights.
The Golden Knights enter into this contest vs. St. Louis after a 5-4 overtime victory over the Buffalo Sabres this past Tuesday night. Golden Knights forward David Perron scored two goals in that contest including the 2nd overtime marker in team history.
They currently are in 2nd place in the Pacific Division with a 5-1-0 record (the 2nd team in the NHL’s 100-year history along with the 1917-18 Canadiéns) for 10 points right behind the Los Angeles Kings. Overall, they are sitting in third in the Western Conference.
Backup goaltender Malcolm Subban night against the Sabres wasn’t his best as he gave up 3 third period goals.
Forward Alex Tuch is currently working on a goal-scoring streak of two games which started against the Boston Bruins. Tuch was recently called up from the Chicago where he’s produced offensively for them in 3 games played
Tuch was recently called up from the Chicago Wolves where he’s produced 5 points (4 goals and 1 assist).
James Neal is the team’s current leader in goals with 6, while fellow forward Oscar Lindberg is currently in 2nd place with 3 goals of his own.
Defenseman Luca Sbisa and forward Brendan Leipsic are the Golden Knights co-leaders in assists with 4 each. Neal leads the team in another category as well with 8 points.
With 6 games in, defenseman Nate Schmidt leads the Golden Knights in ATOI with 21:16.
On the mend and still working towards recovery are forwards Erik Haula and Jonathan Marchessault both who have lower body injuries from the Detroit contest and starting goaltender Marc-André Fleury is still dealing with a concussion from the Red Wings game.
Backing up Subban is netminder Oscar Dansk who was called up yesterday from the Chicago Wolves. He’s been with the Golden Knights AHL affiliate for the past few weeks. Dansk has recorded a 0-0-1 record, .833 save percentage and 5.57 goals-against average this season with the Wolves.
Can the Vegas Golden Knights stop the high powered and skilled St. Louis Blues team, tune in to find out?
Hear from Golden Knights Head Coach Gerard Gallant on his pre-game thoughts ahead of facing the elite and high powered St. Louis Blues sqaud.
Pre-Game Remarks From Head Coach Gerard Gallant
Official Broadcast Schedule
Tonight’s puck drop is at 7:30 pm PT. Las Vegas
Television: The matchup will on AT&T SportsNet. This is DIRECTV channel 684, U-verse channels 757 (SD) and 1757 (HD), Cox Cable channels 313 (SD) and 1313 (HD), and CenturyLink channels 760 (SD) and 1760 (HD).
Radio: The radio broadcast is on FOX Sports Radio 98.9 FM/1340 AM.