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Despite a growing list of injuries, the St. Louis Blues are in the midst of one of their best offensive stretches of the season.
The Blues look to continue the goal scoring and match a season high with their third straight win Wednesday night in Anaheim when they face the Ducks.
With Andy McDonald (fractured leg), Paul Kariya (hip injury) and T.J. Oshie (ankle sprain) all sidelined, the Blues (12-11-3) have scored 17 times in their last five games, including 10 goals to win their last two as Brad Boyes and Patrik Berglund have helped pick up the slack.
Boyes, who has a team-leading 14 goals and 27 points, has seven points over the last three games and 10 in the last six. Berglund has a goal and an assist in each of the last three games, including Monday's 6-3 home victory over Nashville.
B.J. Crombeen was the biggest star of that win as his first career hat trick provided the margin of victory - and exceeded his previous career goal total of two.
"I was in the right spot at the right time," Crombeen said. "The best part of it was we got the win."
After giving Chris Mason three straight starts in net, St. Louis has gone back to Manny Legace, who has won consecutive starts despite giving up six goals. Legace has an excellent track record against the Ducks, going 11-2-1 with one tie and a 2.03 goals-against average in 18 career meetings.
The Ducks (15-10-3) held on to avoid a three-game losing streak Sunday, beating Columbus 5-3. Anaheim led by three goals with 5:31 to play, but allowed a pair of goals to the Blue Jackets to put the game's outcome in doubt. Rob Niedermayer scored with 35 seconds left to clinch the win for the Ducks.
"When you have a 4-1 lead, you have to be able to stay focused," said Anaheim center Ryan Getzlaf, who scored two goals to give him six over the past 11 games. "We let up a little bit, a few plays were lackadaisical and that turns into scoring chances."
Getzlaf had two goals and an assist against the Blues on Nov. 5 in St. Louis, when the Ducks won 5-2 in the first meeting of the season between these clubs. That victory improved Anaheim to 3-0-2 in its last five games against the Blues overall. The Ducks have nine wins and a tie in their last 11 home games versus St. Louis.
Anaheim goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere has played a significant part in that success, going 8-1-2 with a 2.40 lifetime GAA against the Blues. Backup Jonas Hiller earned the win Nov. 5, when he stopped 30 of 32 shots.
Despite scoring five times Sunday, the Ducks' offense has been inconsistent of late, with two goals or fewer in six of the last 10 games.