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Anaheim forward Perry out with knee injury; defenseman Bouwmeester returns for St. Louis

by Louie Korac / Correspondent

DUCKS (13-11-7) at BLUES (21-9-2)



The Game

The Anaheim Ducks won't have their top scorer, forward Corey Perry, when they begin a six-game road trip against the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center on Thursday.

Perry, who leads Anaheim with 22 points (six goals, 16 assists), injured his right knee in a 3-2 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday and is listed as week-to-week.

The Blues will have defenseman Jay Bouwmeester back in the lineup after he missed a 3-0 home loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday with an undisclosed injury. St. Louis is still without defenseman Alex Pietrangelo (lower body) and left wing Jaden Schwartz (right ankle).


Players to watch

Ducks center Adam Henrique has six points (three goals, three assists) in six games since being acquired in a trade with the New Jersey Devils on Nov. 30.

Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko has two goals on 82 shot attempts in his past 10 games. One was an empty-netter and another came in overtime on Sunday in a 3-2 win against the Buffalo Sabres.


They said it

"We look at it and say Kevin Roy was an offensive player in his time here. We reassigned him and we brought him back because he was providing a level of offense. We think bringing him back gives us a legitimate option to provide some offense." -- Ducks coach Randy Carlyle on replacing forward Corey Perry

"I had something lingering, hopefully it will work. ... It's good enough to play, so you play." -- Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester


Ducks projected lineup

Kevin Roy -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Jakob Silfverberg

Andrew Cogliano -- Adam Henrique -- Rickard Rakell

Joseph Blandisi -- Antoine Vermette -- Ondrej Kase

Chris Wagner -- Derek Grant -- Logan Shaw

Cam Fowler -- Josh Manson

Francois Beauchemin -- Brandon Montour

Andrew Welinski -- Kevin Bieksa

John Gibson

Ryan Miller

Scratched: Korbinian Holzer, Dennis Rasmussen

Injured: Corey Perry (lower body), Nick Ritchie (upper body), Patrick Eaves (illness), Ryan Kesler (hip surgery), Mike Liambas (undisclosed), Hampus Lindholm (upper body)


Blues projected lineup

Vladimir Sobotka -- Paul Stastny -- Vladimir Tarasenko

Alexander Steen -- Brayden Schenn -- Dmitrij Jaskin

Scottie Upshall -- Patrik Berglund -- Ivan Barbashev

Magnus Paajarvi -- Kyle Brodziak -- Chris Thorburn

Joel Edmundson -- Colton Parayko

Jay Bouwmeester -- Robert Bortuzzo

Carl Gunnarsson -- Vince Dunn

Jake Allen

Jordan Binnington

Scratched: Oskar Sundqvist, Jordan Schmaltz

Injured: Alex Pietrangelo (lower body), Jaden Schwartz (ankle), Carter Hutton (lower body), Zach Sanford (shoulder)


Status report

Kesler is on the trip and skating but is not projected to return until after Christmas. Roy was recalled on Tuesday to replace Perry. Lindholm will miss his fifth consecutive game. Blandisi returns after missing the past four games with an upper-body injury. Ritchie will miss a second straight game. ... Pietrangelo skated Thursday morning and can come off injured reserve on Sunday. Hutton is eligible to come off injured reserve on Friday. Binnington will back up Allen after being recalled on Thursday.


Stat pack

The Ducks are 2-0-1 the past three games and have points in five straight games (2-0-3). ... The Blues have been shut out in three of their past 12 home games.

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