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Blues look for another victory at Anaheim

by Brian Compton
BLUES (2-2-0) at DUCKS (2-1-0)


Season Series: This is the first of four meetings between the teams. They split the season series in 2010-11. Anaheim won the most recent showdown, a 2-1 decision on March 16 at the Honda Center.

Big Story: The Ducks suffered a blow this weekend as they learned speedy forward Jason Blake will likely miss three months due to a deep laceration just above his left wrist suffered on Friday night against the San Jose Sharks. Blake was cut by a skate halfway through the third period of a 1-0 win.

"Jason is resting at home and doing very well," Ducks GM Bob Murray said. "This was an unfortunate, freak accident, but we are pleased to hear that Jason is expected to make a full and complete recovery. He's a real character person and teammate, and we look forward to having him back in our lineup when he's ready."

Team Scope:

Blues: St. Louis ended a long drought Saturday night, as it won in San Jose for the first time in nearly two years. Kent Huskins and Alexander Steen scored in the third period and Brian Elliott made 34 saves for the Blues, who ended a three-game losing streak to the Sharks.

"Credit the guys for getting back on track," Blues coach Davis Payne said. "San Jose got us way back on our heels in the second period. Fortunately, our goalie made some big saves."

Ducks: Anaheim is coming off a sensational performance from its goaltender, as Jonas Hiller stopped all 31 shots he faced Friday night in the Ducks' home opener against San Jose. With the victory, Hiller, who is fully healthy after battling vertigo for much of last season, improved to 4-0-0 in his last five starts against the Sharks. Hiller has stopped 45 of the last 46 shots he's faced.

"I want to make a statement every night, no matter what happened last year," Hiller said. "It's always nice to get these kinds of games and feel good out there. Goaltending is a lot about confidence and it's easier to play well if you start the season with these kinds of games. I'm definitely happy with the way it went. I also worked really hard to be where I'm at right now."

Who's Hot: Blues forwards Matt D'Agostini and Alexander Steen each scored their second goal of the season Saturday night. … Ducks center Maxime Macenauer has a goal and an assist in Anaheim's first three games. The 22-year-old also has a plus-3 rating.

Injury Report: St. Louis is expected to be without David Perron (concussion), B.J. Crombeen (shoulder), Carlo Colaiacovo (concussion) and Andy McDonald (head). … Besides Blake, Anaheim will likely be missing Matt Beleskey (shoulder).

Stat Pack: Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf is struggling in the faceoff circle, as he's won only 34.6 percent of his draws. The world-class centerman had a 45.8 percentage rate last season.

Puck Drop: "You don't have a chance in the NHL without solid goaltending. Jonas tonight provided a little bit more than solid. His ailments are something of the past. Now, we just have to maintain keeping him fresh and give him an opportunity to be able to play night in and night out." -- Ducks coach Randy Carlyle on Jonas Hiller after Friday's 1-0 win against San Jose
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