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Preview: Blues at Ducks

by Elise Butler / Notes by Brett Barczewski

BLUES AT DUCKS

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

THE MATCHUP

The St. Louis Blues return to Anaheim for a rescheduled matchup with the Ducks on Wednesday night at Honda Center. The original game, which was scheduled for Feb. 11, was postponed by the NHL due to the medical emergency involving defenseman Jay Bouwmeester.

Wednesday night's contest will follow the same 60-minute format of all regular-season games (including overtime/shootout as necessary), but will begin with the score tied, 1-1, as it was at the time of the postponement. Ivan Barbashev and Adam Henrique scored for the Blues and Ducks, respectively, and will be credited with goals.


TEAM SNAPSHOTS

BLUES The Blues were edged by the Panthers in a tight game Monday at Enterprise Center. Colton Parayko scored the lone goal for St. Louis while Jordan Binnington made 32 saves in the 2-1 loss. 

"These are games we can win," Binnington said. "We're better than that. I'm not happy about this one... it's a time of year where you can't make excuses and you've got to find ways to win, and we didn't do that tonight."

Despite the loss, the Blues remained in the top spot in the Western Conference as the Avalanche fell to the LA Kings, 3-1. Colorado trails the Blues by two points for the top spot, with one game in hand.

DUCKS Anaheim is in the second game of a back-to-back, coming off a 5-2 win Tuesday night against the Ottawa Senators. Nicolas Deslauriers recorded a hat trick in the first period, setting a franchise record for fastest hat trick to begin a game (11:49).

Jakob Silfverberg and Rickard Rakell rounded out scoring for the Ducks, while Ryan Miller made 40 saves in net. Anaheim was outshot 42-15 in the game.

HEAD-TO-HEAD Wednesday's game is the third and final meeting between these two teams this season. The Blues are 1-1-0, which each team earning a 4-1 win. The Blues have won three straight games in Anaheim, outscoring the Ducks 14-7 in those contests.

Video: Kerber, Pang preview Blues vs. Ducks


HOT VS. ANAHEIM

- Brayden Schenn has six points in his last six games (one goal, five assists)

- Alex Pietrangelo has five points in his last six games (one goal, four assists)

- Robert Thomas has three points in his last three games (two goals, one assist)

- Ryan O'Reilly has seven points in his last nine games (three goals, four assists)

- Tyler Bozak has four points in his last five games (three goals, one assist)


BLUE NOTES

The Blues' defensemen have combined for 43 goals this season, which shares second-most in the NHL (1. PHI, 44) ... Alex Pietrangelo has reached at least 13 goals for the fourth straight season ... Colton Parayko has matched his career-high with 10 goals (set in 2018-19)

Video: Blues fly west to face Ducks

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