Thanks in large part to a stingy defense, the Anaheim Ducks still haven't been defeated in regulation.
The Ducks look to build off their second shutout of the season when they visit the St. Louis Blues on Monday.
Anaheim (8-0-3) bounced back from their first defeat in five games - a 3-2 shootout loss at Minnesota on Friday - by beating Chicago 3-0 on Saturday. All three of the Ducks' losses this season have come via the shootout. They are one of only two teams in the NHL, along with Buffalo, yet to lose in regulation.
The Ducks are allowing just 1.73 goals per game, the lowest average in the NHL. They have also given up just eight goals in their last six games, going 5-0-1 over that span.
Ilya Bryzgalov, who had three shutouts in 11 playoff games last spring, stopped 14 shots Saturday for his first shutout of the season and just the second of his career in regular-season play. Bryzgalov has played in just three games this season despite a 1.22 goals-against average and his strong showing from last postseason.
"(The shutout is) nothing special," said Bryzgalov, who was pulled from his previous start on Oct. 15 against Dallas after allowing two goals on 14 shots. "We just wanted to win the game. We just want to keep on a roll and move up in the standings."
Jean-Sebastien Giguere has been in goal in nine games and is 6-0-3 with a 1.81 GAA. He stopped 34 shots in Anaheim's 2-0 win over St. Louis on Oct. 9.
"The bottom line is we feel we have two quality goaltenders,' Carlyle said. "We describe them as 1A and 1B.
"We feel that's going to be the strength of our group - to be able to able grab a guy and have him throw a shutout or play an outstanding game. So far this year, Giguere has had the net and had some success."
The Blues (3-4-2), meanwhile, have lost three of four and have given up 14 goals over that span. They are allowing 3.33 goals per game on the season.
St. Louis lost 3-2 to the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday in its first game in a week. Bill Guerin scored his fourth goal of the season and Radek Dvorak added a short-handed score.
"We started the game like we had a week off," Blues coach Mike Kitchen said. "We were rusty. A whole week off is not really in your favor."
St. Louis has trailed 2-0 in five of its first nine games, including Saturday's, but has rallied to win three of them. The Blues have also either been trailing or tied in the third period of all nine of their games.
St. Louis has lost its last four meetings with Anaheim.
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