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Preview: Ducks Return Home to Host Blues Tonight at Honda Center

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara /

After coming off a road trip that saw the Ducks earn points in all five contests (3-0-2) for the first time in more than 17 years, they'll look to carry their streak into a two-game homestand that begins this evening against the St. Louis Blues. (7 p.m. PT, TV: FOX Sports West, Radio: AM 830).

The Ducks enter tonight's matchup with points in five straight (3-0-2), and have gone 4-1-2 in their last seven and 6-2-2 in the last 10 overall. The last time they lost in regulation happened to be on home ice when they dropped a 4-3 final vs. Tampa Bay on Jan. 31. The Ducks have scored four shorthanded goals in the last 10 games to push their season total to 10, tying the single-season franchise record set three previous times (1995-96, 2013-14 and 2017-18).


This is the finale of a three-game season series between the Ducks and Blues. It opened with a 4-1 Ducks victory on Nov. 16 at Enterprise Center, a game that featured Derek Grant's first career NHL hat trick. (It also included his first career NHL shorthanded goal). The Blues got revenge with a 4-1 win at Enterprise Center on Jan. 13. The Ducks own an all-time record of 44-39-11 vs. the Blues, including a 25-18-3 mark at Honda Center. Ryan Getzlaf comes in with 39 points (10g/29a) in 43 career games vs. St. Louis, tops among active Ducks.

The Blues enter tonight's game as the top seed in the Western Conference with 73 points, but their lead in the standings has whittled away as of late. Despite their 32-15-9 overall record, they've gone just 3-5-2 over their last 10, and sit just three points ahead of the Colorado Avalanche who have two games in hand. They've won just once over their last five games (1-3-1), including a 3-2 overtime loss vs. Dallas on Saturday.

They'll have their dads with them on this two-game road trip that concludes Thursday in Vegas. This marks the fifth time in the last six years the dads have joined them on the road, and their record in those games is 7-1.

David Perron leads the Blues with 54 points (23g/31a) in 56 games, and ranks record in the NHL with eight game-winning goals. The former Duck is also money in overtime, pacing the league (and setting a franchise record) with four goals in the extra frame this season. Jordan Binnington ranks second in the league in wins (24), fifth in goals-against average (2.26) and sixth in save percentage (.925). The 26-year-old netminder is 2-1-0 in three career appearances vs. Anaheim with a 2.66 GAA and .910 SV%.

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