Morning Report: Maroon Heads Home As Ducks Play Blues

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Morning Report: Maroon Heads Home As Ducks Play Blues
The Ducks prepare to face the St. Louis Blues tonight at Scottrade Center. Ducks\' forward Patrick Maroon, a St. Louis native, will play in tonight\'s game.
By AJ Manderichio
AnaheimDucks.com

The Anaheim Ducks arrived in St. Louis, the City of the Arch, for the second game of a back-to-back against the St. Louis Blues. It presents yet another tough Western Conference opponent for the Ducks, who have points in four straight games.

There won’t be any rest for the weary, either. The Ducks went to a third straight shootout last night in Chicago, defeating the league-leading Blackhawks for a well-earned 3-2 win.

“It's just a point in the end, but it's still winning and losing and winning is definitely more fun,” goaltender Jonas Hiller said. “It was nice to have the guys score a couple up front in the shootout, and it was nice to finally win the shootout.”

The Ducks and Blues face off for the first of three meetings this season, and the first of two games at Scottrade Center. Anaheim earned a point in all three meetings last season, winning two of them.

The players had the option to skate this morning at Scottrade Center, with a handful of Ducks hitting the ice before tonight’s game.

Jonas Hiller has faced 76 shots, plus 12 shootout attempts, in the past two games, so Frederik Andersen could get the nod in net tonight. The rookie goaltender has opened his NHL career 7-1-0 with a 1.70 goals-against average and .939 save percentage. He has given up more than two goals twice in seven starts.

Jaroslav Halak will be in net tonight for the Blues. Alex Steen, the second-leading goal scorer in the league, missed this morning’s skate with an illness and is a game-time decision.

THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
Ducks’ forward Patrick Maroon missed a chance to play in his hometown of St. Louis last season when he was reassigned to Norfolk the day before a matchup with the Blues. He won’t miss his chance tonight. The St. Louis native will play in tonight’s game, and over 200 family and friends will be in attendance.

It’s the first time since 2005 as he plays his first game at Scottrade Center since the 2005 state championships, when he played for Oakville High School.

DUCKS-BLUES
The Ducks and Blues face off as two of the top teams in the league. The Ducks are tied for second in the NHL with the San Jose Sharks, while St. Louis is tied with the Pittsburgh Penguins for fourth. Anaheim went 2-0-1 vs. the Blues in 2012-13, including a 6-5 shootout win on Feb. 9. Anaheim owns a 34-32-10 all-time record vs. St. Louis.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 78 47 22 9 224 193 103
3 STL 76 46 23 7 229 190 99
4 CHI 76 46 24 6 217 176 98
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 77 45 27 5 224 208 95
7 CGY 77 42 28 7 229 204 91
8 WPG 77 39 26 12 217 204 90
9 LAK 76 37 25 14 201 192 88
10 DAL 77 37 30 10 239 248 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 76 35 29 12 206 213 82
13 EDM 76 23 40 13 185 255 59
14 ARI 77 23 46 8 161 256 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 75 24 44 13 68
C. Perry 63 32 20 15 52
R. Kesler 78 20 27 -2 47
S. Vatanen 63 12 25 6 37
J. Silfverberg 77 12 23 12 35
P. Maroon 69 9 25 -4 34
C. Fowler 76 7 27 5 34
H. Lindholm 74 7 26 23 33
M. Beleskey 63 22 10 15 32
R. Rakell 67 8 22 8 30
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 33 11 5 .914 2.40
J. Gibson 13 7 0 .916 2.58

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