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Berglund to make St. Louis season debut after elbow injury; Montour sidelined for Anaheim

by Louie Korac / Correspondent

DUCKS (10-10-4) at BLUES (17-6-1)



The Game

Center Patrik Berglund will be in the St. Louis Blues' lineup for the first time this season, against the Anaheim Ducks at Scottrade Center on Wednesday.

Berglund, who was activated from injured reserve, missed the first 24 games of the season after dislocating his left elbow during offseason training in his native Sweden.

The Blues, 4-1-0 in their past five games and 11-4-0 in their past 15, have the best record in the Western Conference.

The Ducks will try to avoid what would be their season-long fifth straight defeat. Anaheim, 0-3-1 in its past four games, will be without defenseman Brandon Montour, who hyperextended his elbow in a 7-3 loss at the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday.


Players to watch

Ducks goaltender John Gibson will start; he was pulled after allowing four goals on 22 shots against the Blackhawks and has lost three consecutive starts.

Blues center Paul Stastny has eight points (two goals, six assists) in his past six games.


They said it

"Lots of confidence. They've got three lines that are really cooking for them. They're getting contributions from different people and they've got a big, mobile defense. They're a hard team to play against. Their tenacity is demonstrated, their eagerness on the puck, that's what I see." -- Ducks coach Randy Carlyle on the Blues

"I'm going to play. I'm very excited. I've been feeling good for a while now. We decided that today would be the first game and I think two good practices Monday and Tuesday, and here we are now. It feels as good as it can be right now." -- Blues center Patrik Berglund


Ducks projected lineup

Nick Ritchie -- Derek Grant -- Corey Perry

Andrew Cogliano -- Chris Wagner -- Jakob Silfverberg

Logan Shaw -- Antoine Vermette -- Kevin Roy

Mike Liambas -- Kalle Kossila -- Dennis Rasmussen

Cam Fowler -- Kevin Bieksa

Francois Beauchemin -- Sami Vatanen

Hampus Lindholm -- Josh Manson

John Gibson

Ryan Miller

Scratched: Korbinian Holzer

Injured: Jared Boll (lower body), Patrick Eaves (illness), Ryan Getzlaf (face), Ondrej Kase (upper body), Ryan Kesler (hip surgery), Rickard Rakell (upper body), Brandon Montour (elbow)


Blues projected lineup

Vladimir Sobotka -- Paul Stastny -- Alexander Steen

Jaden Schwartz -- Brayden Schenn -- Vladimir Tarasenko

Dmitrij Jaskin -- Patrik Berglund -- Sammy Blais

Scottie Upshall -- Kyle Brodziak -- Chris Thorburn

Jay Bouwmeester -- Alex Pietrangelo

Joel Edmundson -- Colton Parayko

Vince Dunn -- Robert Bortuzzo

Jake Allen

Carter Hutton

Scratched: Carl Gunnarsson, Magnus Paajarvi, Oskar Sundqvist

Injured: Zach Sanford (shoulder)


Status report

Beauchemin will replace Montour after being a healthy scratch four of the past five games. Carlyle said he's hopeful Montour's absence will be short. 


Stat pack 

The Ducks have been outscored 17-7 during their losing streak. ... Perry has seven points (one goal, six assists) in his past seven games. ... The line of Schenn, Schwartz and Tarasenko has combined for 48 points (18 goals, 30 assists) in the past 10 games. 

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