BLUES (41-19-10) at DUCKS (29-32-9)
10 p.m. ET; PRIME, FS-MW, NHL.TV
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
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
Scratched: Andrew Agozzino
Injured: Cam Fowler (lower body), Erik Gudbranson (upper body), Hampus Lindholm (upper body), John Gibson (groin)
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.
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.