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Stastny Out, Paajarvi In Against Ducks

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Blues wrap up a three-game road trip out West tonight at Honda Center, where they meet the Anaheim Ducks at 7 p.m. CT (FOX Sports Midwest, KMOX 1120 AM).

The Blues are coming off a big night offensively in Arizona, where six different players had multiple points in a 6-1 win against the Coyotes: Jaden Schwartz (3G, 1A), Jori Lehtera (1G, 2A), Vladimir Tarasenko (3A), Alexander Steen (1G, 1A), David Backes (1G, 1A) and Kevin Shattenkirk (2A). Schwartz scored his first career hat trick, Lehtera netted his first NHL goal, and Backes tallied assist No. 200 of his career.

The Blues will need more where that came from tonight against a Ducks team that has won four consecutive games after dropping their season opener 6-4 in Pittsburgh. Anaheim is coming off a come-from-behind win Friday against the Minnesota Wild. Andrew Cogliano and Corey Perry scored in the third period to complete Anaheim’s second come-from-behind win of the season.

Perry has five goals and two assists through five games to start the season. Ryan Kesler, who signed with the Ducks as a free agent in the offseason, has two goals and three assists.


The Blues will be without Paul Stastny tonight. The Blues’ forward sustained an upper-body injury on his first shift against the Coyotes last night after being hit along the boards by Martin Hanzal.

Blues Coach Ken Hitchcock labeled Stastny as day-to-day, saying he wouldn’t play tonight against the Ducks but would be evaluated after that.

Magnus Paajarvi will take Stastny’s place in the lineup tonight.


Defenseman Petteri Lindbohm met the team in Glendale on Saturday afternoon and will be in the lineup tonight against the Ducks.

Lindbohm was recalled from the Chicago Wolves, where he’s played in three games, registering a goal, an assist and a plus-3 rating.

“He’s a mobile, big, strong, physical defenseman. He’s a very competitive guy,” Hitchcock said. “When the last two exhibition games got nasty, he got better the nastier they got. That, to me, that's a certain quality in a person you really like. That’s a guy that’s got great character.


The Blues are looking to snap a seven-game winless streak at Honda Center. The last win there was a 5-0 victory on Oct. 17, 2009.

Brian Elliott will make his fourth start of the season.

Schwartz has two goals in his last three games against the Ducks.

On this day in 1993, Blues Director of Alumni Terry Yake scored the first hat trick in Mighty Ducks history.

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