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Preview: Blues vs. Ducks

by Elise Butler / Notes by Brett Barczewski

BLUES VS. DUCKS

When: Saturday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. CT
Watch: FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports GO
Listen: 101 ESPN, NHL App
Tickets: Enterprise Center Box Office or online at ticketmaster.com

The St. Louis Blues return home for a Saturday night matchup against the Anaheim Ducks at Enterprise Center. This is the first of three meetings between the two teams this season. The Blues are 3-1-0 in their last four games vs. Anaheim.

TEAM SNAPSHOTS

BLUES: The Blues extended their point streak to nine games on Friday in Columbus, but fell to the Blue Jackets in overtime on a power-play goal by Zach Werenski. Mackenzie MacEachern and Brayden Schenn scored in regulation for St. Louis, while Jake Allen made 36 saves in net.

"We can do a much better job of executing in overtime on the powerplay," said head coach Craig Berube. "We didn't. Then we take a penalty, they executed and scored."

The Blues have now dropped two straight games - both in extra time - but are still 7-0-2 in their last nine. 

DUCKS: The Ducks have had a tough November thus far, going 1-3-2 to start the month and dropping their last five contests. Overall Anaheim is 9-9-2 this season.

Anaheim is coming off a 5-3 loss to San Jose on Thursday in which Rickard Rakell and Jakob Silfverberg had two points each (one goal, one assist) and goaltender John Gibson stopped 30 shots.

"Going on the road here, we know there are a lot of tough teams we are playing," Rakell told NHL.com. "We're just going to have to find a way to win games."

HEAD-TO-HEAD: The Blues have won back-to-back games against Anaheim dating back to last season, scoring five goals in both games. Last season the Blues defeated the Ducks 5-1 on Jan. 23 in Anaheim, which was the first win of their franchise-record 11-game win streak. St. Louis has dropped their last three home games against the Ducks, but won their previous four vs. Anaheim at Enterprise Center. 

Video: Blues, Ducks meet at Enterprise Center

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH

BLUES: David Perron is expected to dress in his 800th career NHL game, which will also be his 500th as a member of the St. Louis Blues. Perron has registered 19 points this season, tied with Ryan O'Reilly for most on the team, and his eight goals rank only behind Schenn (11). The forward has four points in his last four games (one goal, three assists.)

DUCKS: Silfverberg leads the Ducks in both goals (nine) and points (17) this season. He is currently on a four-game point streak, posting five points (two goals, three assists) in that span. Silfverberg is trailed on the Ducks leaderboard by Adam Henrique (14 points), Rakell (13), and Ryan Getzlaf (12). 

 

HOT VS. DUCKS

Tyler Bozak has a three-game point streak (two goals, one assist)

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

Alex Pietrangelo has four points in his last four games (one goal, three assists)

Schenn has four points in his last four games (one goal, three assists)

 

BLUE NOTES

The Blues are 8-0-2 against the Western Conference this season and are the only team in the NHL who has not lost in regulation to a Western Conference opponent. They share the most wins against the West in the NHL with Winnipeg (8-4-0).

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