The Ducks try to rebound from a shootout defeat with a sixth straight win over the Blues as the teams meet Tuesday at the Honda Center.
Anaheim (30-9-8) has lost eight of its 10 games that have gone to overtime or a shootout. Ryan Getzlaf’s third-period goal forced an extra session Saturday, but the Ducks fell 3-2 in a shootout to the Colorado Avalanche.
Curtis Glencross scored Anaheim’s other goal in his first NHL game, but the Ducks failed to capitalize on a 40-17 advantage in shots. Anaheim, the league leader in points with 68, has dropped six of its last eight games, with the last two defeats coming after regulation.
“We got the point in overtime, we have to learn from it and take the next step forward,” said Ducks left wing Chris Kunitz, who assisted on Getzlaf’s game-tying goal and managed Anaheim’s only goal in the shootout.
The Ducks will try to take that step forward against the Blues (16-21-8), the last team they beat in a shootout, 6-5 on Oct. 30. Anaheim has won both matchups between these teams this season and five straight, including two in a shootout.
The Ducks have converted 29.6 percent (8-for-27) of their power-play opportunities in that five-game run and averaged 5.0 goals. They are also 6-0 with a tie in the last seven meetings in Anaheim and will look to continue that success when they take the ice for the franchise’s 1,000th game.
St. Louis is coming off a shootout loss of its own, falling 5-4 to the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday. The Blues overcame a two-goal deficit and Peter Sejna forced overtime playing in his first game of the season, but they dropped to 4-8 in games decided after regulation.
“We came in here on the road and got a point,” Blues coach Andy Murray said. “We’re not pleased with the way it started but we’re pleased with the way we battled.”
St. Louis has battled to at least a point in seven of its last eight road games and is playing the second in a four-game trip. The Blues had a three-game winning streak snapped Monday, but they are 9-2-2 in their last 13 games.
St. Louis goaltender Manny Legace, who made 39 saves Monday, is 8-1 with a tie and a 1.98 goals-against average in 13 career games versus Anaheim, but hasn’t faced the Ducks this season.
The Ducks remain without starting netminder Jean-Sebastien Giguere (groin) and defensemen Francois Beauchemin (lacerated spleen) and Chris Pronger (broken foot). Ilya Bryzgalov has made six straight starts for the Ducks, going 2-2-2 with a 2.63 GAA, but has never made a start against the Blues. He appeared in a 3-2 defeat on Oct. 19, 2005.
Anaheim is 411-436-45 with 107 ties through its first 999 games.