Preview: Ducks at Blues
The St. Louis Blues boast one of the best home records in the league at 16-4-3, however a rare blemish came in November at the hands of the Anaheim Ducks. The Blues bid to avenge that setback and extend their home winning streak to nine games on Monday when the Ducks pay another visit to the Gateway City.
David Perron, who is headed to the NHL All-Star Game via the "Last Men In" competition, boosted his team-leading totals in goals (20) and points (46) by scoring in his fourth straight game in St. Louis' 5-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday. The 31-year-old has 16 points (eight goals, eight assists) in his last dozen contests, however he was held off the scoresheet in a 4-1 setback against Anaheim on Nov. 16. Defenseman Josh Manson missed that contest due to injury, however the 28-year-old hasn't liked much of what he's seen from a Pacific Division cellar-dwelling Ducks team that is 1-5-1 in its last seven games overall. "Losing (stinks)," Manson told reporters. "I mean, you get fed up with losing, but there's only one way out of it. You can't just sit there and feel bad for yourself. There's only one way out of it, and that's the way it goes. It's part of being a professional."
TIME: 8 p.m. ET. TV: Prime Ticket, FS Midwest
ABOUT THE DUCKS (17-23-5): Captain Ryan Getzlaf scored and set up a goal in the first encounter with St. Louis and enters Monday's tilt with club-best totals in assists (19) and points (30). Rickard Rakell had an assist on Getzlaf's goal in that meeting with the Blues and scored in Saturday's 4-2 loss to Chicago to end a string of four straight games without a point. John Gibson yielded four goals on 33 shots to fall for the fifth time in six outings, however he made 37 saves in the first meeting with the Blues to improve to 4-5-1 in 10 career starts against the club.
ABOUT THE BLUES (29-10-7): Zach Sanford collected a goal and an assist on Saturday to give the Blues a victory in their third straight contest to begin the five-game homestand. "Last year, I don't think we were as good as we wanted to be at home," the 25-year-old Sanford told reporters. "This year, it's been a completely different story and it's been a lot of fun to win in front of these guys and hear the cheers, and we love the support we get and happy to give some love back." Defenseman Vince Dunn, who will play in his 200th NHL game on Monday, scored versus the Rangers and netted his team's lone goal in the previous encounter with Anaheim.
1. Anaheim LW Jakob Silfverberg, who leads the team with 15 goals, has missed the last two games due to an upper-body injury.
2. St. Louis LW Jaden Schwartz has recorded 15 points (six goals, nine assists) in his past 12 contests.
3. The Ducks have lost 16 of 26 games on the road this season (6-14-2), including six of their last seven.
PREDICTION: Blues 5, Ducks 2