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St. Louis, Anaheim meet in rescheduled game after Bouwmeester's cardiac episode Feb. 11

by Dan Arritt / Independent Correspondent

BLUES (41-19-10) at DUCKS (29-32-9)

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


The Game

The St. Louis Blues can extend their Central Division lead when they visit the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Wednesday, in a game postponed from Feb. 11 after Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester had a cardiac episode.

Bouwmeester collapsed on the bench during a television timeout with 7:50 remaining in the first period and was revived with a defibrillator. He had an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) procedure Feb. 14, and the Blues placed him on long-term injured reserve four days later. 

The game will be played in its entirety, though the 1-1 score at the time of the incident will remain.  

The Blues, 9-2-0 in their past 11 games following a five-game winless streak (0-3-2), are two points ahead of the Colorado Avalanche for first place in the Central; the Avalanche host the New York Rangers on Wednesday.

Goalie Anthony Stolarz is expected to make his season debut for the Ducks, 5-2-2 in their past nine games after going 1-4-0 in their previous five. Stolarz, recalled from San Diego of the American Hockey League on Monday, has not played in the NHL since April 4, 2019, when he made 24 saves for the Edmonton Oilers in a 3-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks.


Players to watch

Blues forward Jaden Schwartz has five points (two goals, three assists) in his past four games.

Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg has five points (three goals, two assists) in his past four games.


They said it

"It'll be a little bit uneasy. Obviously, it's a tough situation to go back [to Honda Center]. The memories are going to haunt you a little bit. For us, we'll be thinking about Jay and we'll be playing for him." -- Blues forward Robert Thomas

"If you could hand out goals to guys on the team that deserve them, it's a guy like [forward Nicolas Deslauriers]. He does all the hard stuff. He's willing to stick up for his teammates … get space for other guys and make sure the opponent is on their heels." -- Ducks forward David Backes on Deslauriers, who completed a hat trick at 11:49 of the first period for the fastest hat trick in team history in a 5-2 win against the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday


Blues projected lineup

Jaden Schwartz -- Brayden Schenn -- Sammy Blais

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

Alexander Steen -- Robert Thomas -- Tyler Bozak

Mackenzie MacEachern -- Oskar Sundqvist -- Ivan Barbashev

Carl Gunnarsson -- Alex Pietrangelo

Marco Scandella -- Colton Parayko

Vince Dunn -- Justin Faulk

Jordan Binnington

Jake Allen

Scratched: Jordan Kyrou, Jacob de la Rose, Troy Brouwer, Robert Bortuzzo

Injured: Vladimir Tarasenko (shoulder), Jay Bouwmeester (cardiac episode)


Ducks projected lineup

Sonny Milano -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Danton Heinen

Rickard Rakell -- Adam Henrique -- Jakob Silfverberg

Max Jones -- Sam Steel -- Kiefer Sherwood

Nicolas Deslauriers -- David Backes -- Carter Rowney

Jacob Larsson -- Michael Del Zotto

Matt Irwin -- Josh Manson

Christian Djoos -- Jani Hakanpaa

Anthony Stolarz

Ryan Miller

Scratched: Andrew Agozzino

Injured: Cam Fowler (lower body), Erik Gudbranson (upper body), Hampus Lindholm (upper body), John Gibson (groin)


Status report

Brouwer, a forward, cleared waivers Wednesday. He had been a healthy scratch for seven straight games since being recalled from San Antonio of the AHL on Feb. 25.


Stat pack

Binnington is 6-2-0 with a 1.75 goals-against average, .931 save percentage and two shutouts in his past eight starts. … Rowney needs one point to match his NHL career high of 20, set last season with the Ducks.

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