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Enterprise Center, St. Louis, Missouri Attendance: 18,096
Blues bid to stay hot at home vs. struggling Ducks
Anaheim Ducks at St. Louis Blues
- The Ducks defeated the Blues, 4-1, in St. Louis on November 16, their fourth straight win on the road against the Blues, all in regulation. The most-recent previous team with regulation wins in four or more consecutive games at St. Louis was the Red Wings from December 2007 to March 2009 (five straight).
- The Ducks fell to the Blackhawks, 4-2, in Chicago on Saturday despite taking a 1-0 lead in the first period. Since December 13, the Ducks are 1-4-1 when scoring first, the worst record in the NHL in those games -- the only win came against the Islanders, 5-4 via a shootout, on January 5.
- The Blues defeated the Rangers, 5-2, in St. Louis on Saturday, their eighth straight home win. It is one shy of the Blues' longest home winning streak within a season in team history (1990-91).
- Adam Henrique has zero points and a -9 rating in his last four road games with a -2 rating or worse in each game. It is the first time in Anaheim's history that a skater has had a -2 rating or worse in four consecutive road games.
- Alex Pietrangelo had two assists in the win over the Rangers. In his last 10 games, he has tallied 13 points (5g, 8a) with six multi-point games. That is tied for the most points he has had in any 10-game span within a single season in his career (spans in 2011-12 and 2017-18).
- Jake Allen has started 11 games on the road this season and just two games at home. Only one goaltender in the league has a larger difference between road starts and home starts this season (Elvis Merzlikins, Cls: 11; road higher than home). Over the past two seasons, Allen has an .884 save percentage at home, the lowest mark in the NHL (minimum 20 games played at home).
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The St. Louis Blues will try to maintain their home-ice dominance when they host the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night.
The Western Conference-leading Blues have won eight straight games at Enterprise Center, where they are 16-4-3 this season.
"Last year, I don't think we were as good as we wanted to be at home," Blues forward Zach Sanford told reporters after the Blues posted a 5-2 win over the New York Rangers on Saturday night.
"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."
The Blues are 11-2-1 in their last 14 games. They are tied with the Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins for first overall in the NHL with 65 points.
"Let's keep improving," said Blues winger David Perron, who has eight goals and eight assists in his last 12 games. "If it means that we keep winning when we have a chance at being first, that'd be cool. I don't think the team has done that in a while here, too, so that's another thing we could add.
"But at the same time, I like how even keel we are. We come to the rink, it doesn't feel like we've won or lost five in a row or four in a row, whatever, or lost in four in row. It just feels like we want to improve. We're hungry, and it's nice."
The Ducks are 1-5-1 in the last seven games and 11-21-5 in their last 37. They started their five-game road trip with a 4-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks Saturday night, leaving coach Dallas Eakins fuming.
"The first period, it was fine," Eakins told reporters afterward. "To come out like that in second period and not be ready to compete for every inch on the ice and give up an inch on almost every shift, that's what you're going to get. That's what you get. You give an inch in this league and they're going to shove it where the sun doesn't shine.
"We just went out there and took up time on our shifts and that was the end of it. We woke up a little bit in the third. We can't do that. We're just not good enough yet to go out there and have one-off shifts. We have to be competitive -- compete, compete, compete, every single shift, to a man."
The Ducks beat the Blues 4-1 on Nov. 16 in the previous meeting between these teams. Derek Grant recorded a hat trick in that game and John Gibson made 37 saves.
Gibson is 4-5-1 in 10 career starts against the Blues with a .907 save percentage and 2.95 goals-against average.
Ducks top goal scorer Jakob Silfverberg has missed the last two games with an upper-body injury and forward Max Jones exited the Chicago game after being struck by a puck. The Ducks sent forward Troy Terry to San Diego of the American Hockey League before this road trip and promoted Chase De Leo.
Blues defenseman Colton Parayko has been sidelined by an upper-body injury. Rookie Niko Mikkola has replaced him in the lineup, playing ahead of veteran Carl Gunnarsson.
--Field Level Media
Updated January 13, 2020