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Preview: Blues at Ducks

Goalie Carter Hutton likely to start for St. Louis in second of back-to-back set

by Abbey Mastracco / NHL.com Correspondent

BLUES (22-16-5) at DUCKS (24-13-8)

9 p.m. ET; NHLN, PRIME, FS-MW, NHL.TV

 

Blues team scope

Goalie Carter Hutton is likely to start ahead of Jake Allen in the second of back-to-back games. The Blues end a three-game road trip coming off a 4-0 win at the San Jose Sharks on Saturday, when Hutton made 23 saves and St. Louis avoided its third straight loss. Defenseman Colton Paryako's power-play goal in the second period got the Blues going. "It was key," Parayko said. "It was a game where both teams were kind of playing great defensively. When you get a chance to get up like that in a game like this, it's huge." St. Louis is 6-8-1 in its past 15 games and has struggled on the road, where it's 6-11-1. 

 

Ducks team scope

The Anaheim Ducks return home after going 2-0-0 on a two-game road trip with wins against the Colorado Avalanche (4-1) and Arizona Coyotes (3-0). Goalie Jonathan Bernier earned his first shutout with the Ducks and the 13th of his NHL career in Arizona on Saturday. "He was solid in net," coach Randy Carlyle said. "When things are going his way, there's not a lot of second and third chances. And if there were some tonight, our defense did a good job of limiting those opportunities." Carlyle was happy with the Ducks' defensive showing against the Coyotes. They limited Arizona to 26 shots on goal and Carlyle said there were few quality scoring chances. "We were staunch enough on the defensive side of it that our goalie wasn't called upon to make a bunch of 10-bell saves," Carlyle said. "He pitched us a shutout. It's great to see him come back because he hasn't played in a while. It just strengthens our belief in the 1A (starter John Gibson) and 1B tandem we have." The Ducks are 6-0-1 in their past seven games and 14-5-2 at Honda Center. Forward Rickard Rakell is playing in his 200th NHL game. 

 

Blues projected lineup

Jaden Schwartz -- Paul Stastny -- Alexander Steen

Nail Yakupov -- Jori Lehtera -- Vladimir Tarasenko

Robby Fabbri -- Patrik Berglund -- David Perron

Dmitrij Jaskin -- Kyle Brodziak -- Ryan Reaves

Alex Pietrangelo -- Colton Parayko

Jay Bouwmeester -- Kevin Shattenkirk

Joel Edmundson -- Robert Bortuzzo

Carter Hutton

Jake Allen

Scratched: Scottie Upshall, Brad Hunt

Injured: Carl Gunnarsson (lower body)

 

Ducks projected lineup

Rickard Rakell -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Corey Perry

Andrew Cogliano -- Ryan Kesler -- Jakob Silfverberg

Nick Ritchie -- Antoine Vermette -- Ondrej Kase

Joseph Cramarossa -- Logan Shaw -- Stefan Noesen

Cam Fowler -- Sami Vatanen

Hampus Lindholm -- Josh Manson

Kevin Bieksa -- Shea Theodore

John Gibson

Jonathan Bernier

Scratched: Korbinian Holzer

Injured: Nate Thompson (Achilles), Simon Despres (concussion symptoms), Clayton Stoner (lower body)

 

Status report

Neither team skated Sunday.

 

Who's hot

Stastny has three goals and three assists in his past five games. … Steen has two goals and five assists in his past six games and leads the Blues in points since Christmas (eight). … Tarasenko has three goals and two assists in his past four games against the Ducks… Silfverberg has four points in four games. … Perry has three points in three games and is three points from 700 in NHL career. … Getzlaf has two points in two games since he returned from a lower-body injury,

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