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Preview: Ducks Face One of the League's Best Tonight in St. Louis

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara /

The Ducks (17-23-5) face a big test tonight as they continue their four-game, eight-day road trip heading into the break. (5 p.m. PT, TV: Prime Ticket, Radio: AM 830). They're taking on the Western Conference-leading St. Louis Blues, who have won three in a row and seven of their past 10 (7-2-1). With 65 points, the Blues (29-10-7) are tied with the Boston Bruins for the most points in the NHL and co-lead the league in home victories (16) with Pittsburgh.

St. Louis has lost only four times in regulation at home ice, but one of those four came at the hands of the Ducks, who earned a 4-1 victory on Nov. 16. That night, Derek Grant recorded his first career hat trick (56th in franchise history) that included his first career shorthanded goal along with a career-high +3 rating. Unfortunately, Grant has been sidelined for the past 11 games with a sprained AC joint.

The Ducks own an all-time record of 44-38-11 against the Blues, including a 19-21-8 mark at Enterprise Center. They've also won a club-record four straight in St. Louis dating to Nov. 29, 2017. Ryan Getzlaf enters tonight's game with 39 points (10g/29a) in 42 career games vs. St. Louis, tops among active Ducks.

The Blues enter tonight's matchup riding an eight-game home win streak, the longest home win streak in the NHL this season. A win tonight would tie the mark for the longest home win streak in franchise history (nine games) set Jan. 26-Feb. 26, 1991. Worth noting is their impressive record this season when scoring first. The Blues have not lost in regulation when opening the scoring, posting a 20-0-5 mark when doing so. They remain the only team in the league without a regulation loss after scoring first.

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