Last season, Andy McDonald was instrumental in the Anaheim Ducks’ run to a Stanley Cup championship. The St. Louis Blues hope the addition of McDonald can help make them a contender for the title this season.
McDonald is expected to play in his first game with the Blues on Sunday as they look to avoid losing their fourth straight game when they host the surging Calgary Flames.
McDonald, who played in his first All-Star game last season, was a key part of the Ducks’ first title. The 30-year-old center finished with 27 goals and 51 assists in 82 regular-season games, and had a team-high 10 goals in 21 playoff games.
“We’re excited to add a top caliber forward to our hockey team,” St. Louis president John Davidson told the team’s official Web site.
McDonald has four goals and 12 assists in 33 games this season, and has a goal and three assists in his last three games against the Flames (15-13-5).
The Blues fell to Florida 1-0 on Friday for their third straight loss. St. Louis, which has missed the playoffs the last two seasons after 25 straight postseason berths, is in the mix for second place in the crowded Central Division.
Manny Legace stopped 24 shots on Friday in his first game back after missing the last four with a knee injury. The Blues allowed 20 goals in the games he missed.
In his only start against the Flames this season on Nov. 25, Legace made 24 saves in a 3-0 win. He is 4-4-0 with a 2.41 goals-against average in nine career appearances against Calgary.
The Blues and the Flames have split their first two meetings this season with each team winning at home. St. Louis’ victory last month snapped a seven-game losing streak to Calgary.
The Flames defeated Carolina 4-3 on Friday to improve to 4-0 on their season-high six-game road trip.
Calgary opened the trip with a 3-2 victory at Chicago last Sunday, won 2-1 in a shootout over Florida Tuesday and defeated Tampa Bay 9-6 on Thursday.
“We’ve had a lot of travel and we’ve been getting in at 2, 3, 4 and 5 in the morning,” said Flames coach Mike Keenan, who earned his 599th victory Friday. “So you don’t get much sleep, much rest. But we’re a well-trained team, a fit team, and that’s helped us.”
Calgary completed a perfect four-game road trip March 25-31, but has not won five straight in a single trip since taking the final five of a six-game trip Nov. 10-19, 1988. The Flames have never opened a road trip with five wins in a row.
Miikka Kiprusoff, who has been in net for each game of the trip, finished with 33 saves on Friday. He has a 2.94 GAA in his last four games.
Kiprusoff has had no problems with the Blues lately, winning his last seven starts over them while posting a 1.70 GAA and one shutout. In his only start against St. Louis this season on Dec. 4, Kiprusoff stopped 21 shots in a 3-1 victory.
Jarome Iginla scored his team-leading 21st goal on Friday, and has five goals and an assist on the trip. Iginla has not recorded a point in Calgary’s two games against the Blues this season after entering 2007-08 riding a 10-game point streak versus St. Louis, registering five goals and 11 assists in those contests.
The Flames conclude their trip Tuesday against Columbus.