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Preview: Blues at Ducks

by Chris Pinkert / Notes by Brett Barczewski

BLUES AT DUCKS

When: Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 9 p.m. CT
Watch: FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports GO
Listen: 101 ESPN, NHL App

 

TEAM SNAPSHOTS

BLUES The St. Louis Blues earned a point against the division rival Dallas Stars on Saturday night, but a 3-5-2 record in their last 10 games has caused their lead in the Central Division to shrink considerably.

The second-place Colorado Avalanche have climbed to within three points of the Blues and have two games in hand.

Perhaps bringing the dads along for the road trip will help turn the tide. This will be the fifth time in the last six years the Blues have done a Dad's Trip. Their record in those games?

7-1.

"I think they give you a little extra motivation to play hard," Blues goalie Jake Allen said. "We play hard for them, have some fun, be a little bit more loose and relaxed. It's a big highlight of their year - I know my dad looks forward to it every year. It's a big deal for them."

The Blues will face the Ducks on Tuesday before taking the dads to Vegas for a Thursday night matchup with the Golden Knights.

Video: Blues start Dad's Trip in Anaheim

DUCKS The Anaheim Ducks jumped out to a 3-0 lead on goals from Jakob Silfverberg, Ryan Getzlaf and Nick Ritchie in the first period Sunday and held on for a 3-2 victory against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center.

The win completed a five-game road trip for the Ducks, who were 3-0-2.

"We may not have our best game every single night, but part of maturing as a hockey club is to get one or two points in those games, especially on the road as well," former Blue Michael Del Zotto told NHL.com.

The Ducks are 23-26-7 on the season and were nine points out of a Wild Card spot in the Western Conference on Monday afternoon.

HEAD-TO-HEAD The Blues and Ducks will meet Tuesday for the third and final time in the regular season. The Ducks won the first meeting between the clubs 4-1 on Nov. 16, while the Blues won the second game 4-1 on Jan. 13. Both games were played at Enterprise Center.

The Blues have won three straight games at Honda Center and have outscored the Ducks 14-7 in those games.


BLUE NOTES

Alex Pietrangelo is expected to dress in his 745th career game, which will move him past Brett Hull for sole possession of fifth on the Blues' all-time list… The Blues are 23-1-6 when scoring first this season. They are 21-0-5 when leading after two periods… Colton Parayko has scored in three consecutive games for the first time in his career.

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