Anaheim tries for its third straight home win over the Blues, who open a critical four-game western swing.
The home team in this matchup has enjoyed plenty of success. The Ducks (37-27-5) have gone 12-2-0 with one tie against the Blues in Anaheim since the start of 2002-03, and posted a 7-4 victory in the teams’ lone meeting there this season Jan. 12.
Anaheim has lost 10 of 16 in St. Louis during that stretch, including twice this season by a combined 14-4 score. The Blues (31-29-9) took the last matchup 9-3 at home Feb. 19 in their highest-scoring game since 1994.
St. Louis, though, will face an improved Ducks team this time, as Anaheim was in the midst of a five-game skid when they met last month. The Ducks have won five of seven to move within striking distance of a Western Conference playoff spot.
Anaheim will be looking to get back on track in that race after a 5-2 defeat to Phoenix on Sunday prevented a third straight victory.
“Everybody needs the points and it’s important that you give your best effort,” said coach Randy Carlyle, whose team plays six of eight on the road following Wednesday’s contest. “Tonight was not one of our best efforts.”
“It wasn’t perfect, but allowing no goals is good enough,” he said.
In 13th place in the West, the Blues could see their slim playoff hopes all but dashed without an outstanding trip. St. Louis had a chance to win its fourth straight Saturday, but lost 5-3 to Detroit.
Halak made 13 saves in a 5-1 victory over Anaheim on Oct. 11 and seems to be back in net Wednesday. Ty Conklin(notes) got the start Jan. 12 and yielded a career high-tying seven goals, and he was replaced by Ben Bishop(notes) in the first period against the Ducks last month after allowing three goals on five shots.
Anaheim’s Corey Perry(notes) has five goals and two assists in the last three games. He had a goal and an assist Jan. 12, while teammate Bobby Ryan(notes) recorded his third career hat trick and added an assist.
Neither recorded a point in the two games in St. Louis this season.
Each of the teams’ last four meetings have been decided by at least three goals.
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