Reilly Smith first career hat trick, Knights beat Blues 4-1

Golden Knights

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PRE GAME: Knights with Marc-Andre Fleury in net, rookie Peyton Krebs will be playing on the first line and they are wearing gold jerseys tonight. A win tonight by Vegas will not clinch first place in the West, but it will clinch home ice advantage for at least the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

FIRST PERIOD: Knights goal Reilly Smith (12) (Backhand shot). Assists: William Carrier (8), Keegan Kolesar (9). KNIGHTS 1, BLUES 0.

Knights short-handed goal Chandler Stephenson (14) (Slap shot) Assists: Alex Pietrangelo (15). KNIGHTS 2, BLUES 0 after one. Shots on goal: Knights 10, Blues 3.

SECOND PERIOD: Blues goal Colton Parayko (2). (Backhand shot). KNIGHTS 2, BLUES 1. after two. Shots on goal: Knights 21, Blues 8.

THIRD PERIOD: Knights power-play goal Reilly Smith (13) (Wrist shot), Assists: Alec Martinez (23), Alex Pietrangelo (16). KNIGHTS 3, BLUES 1. Shots on goal: Knights 29, Blues 21.

Knights goal empty net Reilly Smith (14) (Unassisted) KNIGHTS 4, BLUES 1, FINAL.

St. Louis Blues (24-19-9, fourth in the West Division) vs. Vegas Golden Knights (38-13-2, first in the West Division)

T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada; Saturday, 7 p.m. PDT

LINE: Golden Knights -181, Blues +150; over/under is 5.5

BOTTOM LINE: Vegas hosts the St. Louis Blues after the Golden Knights knocked off St. Louis 4-3 in overtime.

The Golden Knights are 38-13-2 against the rest of their division. Vegas is eighth in the league with 32.4 shots per game and is averaging 3.4 goals.

The Blues are 24-19-9 against the rest of their division. St. Louis has converted on 22.6% of power-play opportunities, recording 33 power-play goals.

The teams meet for the second straight game.

TOP PERFORMERS: Max Pacioretty leads the Golden Knights with 24 goals, adding 27 assists and collecting 51 points. Shea Theodore has seven assists over the last 10 games for Vegas.

Ryan O’Reilly leads the Blues with a plus-23 in 52 games this season. David Perron has three goals and seven assists over the last 10 games for St. Louis.

LAST 10 GAMES: Golden Knights: 8-2-0, averaging 3.7 goals, 6.3 assists, 3.5 penalties and 7.3 penalty minutes while giving up 2.4 goals per game with a .919 save percentage.

Blues: 5-2-3, averaging 3.3 goals, 5.6 assists, 3.1 penalties and 7.9 penalty minutes while allowing 2.8 goals per game with a .909 save percentage.

INJURIES: Golden Knights: Tomas Nosek: out (undisclosed), Max Pacioretty: day to day (undisclosed).

Blues: Mackenzie MacEachern: out (upper body), Vladimir Tarasenko: day to day (lower-body), Torey Krug: day to day (upper body), Vince Dunn: day to day (upper body), Carl Gunnarsson: out for season (lower body), Oskar Sundqvist: out for season (knee).

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