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Ducks Battle Blues in Second Half of Back-to-Back

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM

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Ducks Battle Blues in Second Half of Back-to-Back
Anaheim Ducks vs. St. Louis Blues
DUCKS (32-23-4) at BLUES (26-21-9)

TV -- RDS; PRIME (HD), FS-Midwest (HD)

Last 10 -- Anaheim 6-4-0; St. Louis 4-4-2

Season series -- It's the third of four games this season. The home team has won each of the first two comfortably. Anaheim defeated the Blues 7-4 (behind a hat trick from Bobby Ryan) on Jan. 12, but fell at St. Louis 5-1 on Oct. 11.

Big story -- The Ducks will look to get back on track, after being defeated by the Wild 5-1 on Friday night. The club had win six straight contests prior to that game. The Blues flew home after Friday's 3-0 win at Buffalo, a game that came hours after the team dealt captain Eric Brewer to Tampa Bay -- only to get a bigger shock when the team dealt 2006 No. 1 overall pick Erik Johnson and veteran forward Jay McClement to Colorado for power forward Chris Stewart and rookie defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk.

Team Scope:

Ducks -- With Jonas Hiller on the shelf, the Ducks are turning to Curtis McElhinney between the pipes. After winning three straight games for Anaheim, he has dropped his last two decisions.

There need to be some saves made at critical points in the game, and they aren't happening right now," said McElhinney, who made only 21 saves. "I need to find a way to get it done."

Blues -- St. Louis is also without its starting goaltender. But Ty Conklin stepped up big-time in Buffalo and got a lot of help from his teammates, who completely shut down the Sabres. Conklin finished with 25 saves for his second shutout of the season. The Blues are 4-1-2 in their last seven, though they are still seven points out of the last playoff spot.

Conklin admitted afterward that having Brewer traded on game day presented some extra challenges.

"To be honest, we had a lot of distractions today. Seeing Brew go right before the game, our captain," Conklin said. "He's a hell of a good teammate, so it's pretty impressive how the team responded."

Who's hot -- Anaheim's Corey Perry is one of the hottest players in the NHL. Perry had the Ducks' lone goal on Friday and is tied for fourth in the NHL with 30. He has 5 goals and 10 assists during a seven-game points streak. … Blues forward T.J. Oshie had a goal and assist against the Sabres and has 4 points in four games.

Injury report -- Hiller is on IR with fatigue and light-headedness. … Blues starter Jaroslav Halak is also on IR due to a hand injury. Forward David Perron has been out nearly three months with a concussion.

Stat pack -- Eight of the last 14 games between the teams at the Scottrade Center has gone past regulation. Both teams have won four -- but in different ways. The Ducks are 3-1 in shootouts, while the Blues have won three of the four games decided in regulation.

Puck drop -- Ducks coach Randy Carlyle has a decision to make about McElhinney -- does he give him another shot and start him for the third time in four nights, or does he give untested rookie Timo Pielmeier, an ECHL call up, his first NHL start?

2010-2011 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 16 '11 STL 1 at ANA 2 J. Blake
Feb 19 '11 ANA 3 at STL 9 A. McDonald
Jan 12 '11 STL 4 at ANA 7 C. Perry
Oct 11 '10 ANA 1 at STL 5 A. McDonald
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T. Selanne51193655+336113
B. Ryan60282048+45144
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J. Lupul265813-41421
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J. Ruutu513811-15901
M. Beleskey273710-43200
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R. Carter18123-42200
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K. Palmieri10101-1000
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B. Mikkelson5011-1700
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J. Green12000-3600
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C. McElhinney206-8-1544983.46.892
T. Pielmeier10-0-05127.50.583
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A. Steen57172744+42215
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M. D'Agostini57121527+43433
A. McDonald33121527+101822
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E. Johnson5551419-83712
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J. McClement5661016-131811
E. Brewer548614+15701
B. Winchester529413-98631
B. Crombeen575611-179600
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D. Perron10527+71200
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N. Nikitin22123-5400
R. Reaves8202+02601
P. McRae7112-3200
C. Porter25022-31400
N. Oystrick7022+2900
T. Strachan24011-72900
A. Cracknell9011+0200
D. Scatchard8011+1600
T. Hensick5011-6200
C. Janssen32000-88300
I. Cole13000-22300
S. Della Rovere7000+01100
N. Drazenovic3000-3000
J. Halak4319-17-611011832.63.907
T. Conklin177-4-3474043.14.884
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