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St. Louis seeks point in 10th straight; Anaheim looks to end five-game winless streak

by Louie Korac / Independent Correspondent

DUCKS (9-9-2) at BLUES (12-3-5)

8 p.m. ET; FS-MW, FS-W, NHL.TV


The Game

The St. Louis Blues will try to extend their point streak to 10 games when they host the Anaheim Ducks at Enterprise Center on Saturday.

The Blues are winless in two straight games (0-0-2) following a seven-game winning streak; five of their victories during that stretch were in overtime, prior to a 3-2 shootout loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday and a 3-2 overtime loss at the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday.

Goalie Jordan Binnington will start for St. Louis; he is 7-1-1 with a 1.96 goals-against average and .931 save percentage in his past nine starts.

Forward Klim Kostin could make his NHL debut for the Blues after the No. 31 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft was recalled from San Antonio of the American Hockey League on Wednesday.

The Ducks look to end a five-game winless streak (0-3-2) after going 3-1-0 in their previous four games.


Players to watch

Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf has 37 points (nine goals, 28 assists) in 41 games against St. Louis.

Blues forward David Perron has 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in his past nine games and will play in his 800th NHL game.


They said it

"I quite like being at home, but it's a good time for us to get out and when you're on the road, it's that whole being together when you turn and we're still trying to get to know everybody. Obviously being on the road helps that." -- Ducks coach Dallas Eakins on starting a four-game road trip

"I still think we need to do a better job of scoring goals. We're not scoring enough. Our goalies are playing well enough and bailing us out. We've got to find ways to put more pucks in the back of the net." -- Blues center Brayden Schenn


Ducks projected lineup

Nick Ritchie -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Ondrej Kase

Rickard Rakell -- Adam Henrique -- Jakob Silfverberg

Max Jones -- Sam Steel -- Troy Terry

Devin Shore -- Derek Grant -- Carter Rowney

Jacob Larsson -- Cam Fowler

Michael Del Zotto -- Erik Gudbranson

Brendan Guhle -- Korbinian Holzer

John Gibson

Ryan Miller

Scratched: Nicolas Deslauriers, Josh Mahura

Injured: Josh Manson (lower body), Hampus Lindholm (lower body)


Blues projected lineup

Jaden Schwartz -- Brayden Schenn -- Robert Thomas

Zach Sanford -- Ryan O'Reilly -- David Perron

Klim Kostin -- Tyler Bozak -- Sammy Blais

Mackenzie MacEachern -- Ivan Barbashev -- Oskar Sundqvist

Colton Parayko -- Alex Pietrangelo

Jay Bouwmeester -- Justin Faulk

Vince Dunn -- Robert Bortuzzo

Jordan Binnington

Jake Allen 

Scratched: Carl Gunnarsson, Jacob de la Rose

Injured: Vladimir Tarasenko (shoulder), Alexander Steen (ankle)


Status report

Del Zotto is expected to play after being a healthy scratch the past two games. ... Shore will play for the first time in five games and replace Deslauriers. ... Bortuzzo, who has been a healthy scratch the past eight games, could return to the lineup in place of Gunnarsson. ... If Kostin plays, de la Rose could be a healthy scratch. 


Stat pack

Silfverberg has five points (two goals, three assists) in a four-game point streak. ... Pietrangelo has seven points (one goal, six assists) in his past five games and is one goal shy of 100 in the NHL.

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