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Game 23: St. Louis At Anaheim
St. Louis(12-8-2) at Anaheim(6-11-5)
Pregame Show: DucksNPucks Podcast
TV: 6:30 PM PT/9:30 PM ET, Fox Sports West
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The Ducks losing streak continued this week against the St. Louis Blues. The game started well for Anaheim with Isac Lundestrom scoring in the opening minutes of the contest. The Blues would then score four in a row to take a 4-1 lead into the third period. Lunedstrom would bring the Ducks back within one by scoring a hat trick, but eventually Anaheim lost 5-4.
Poor starts, inconsistent play, and scoring have been issues for the Ducks this season. The Ducks average 2.05 goals a game, which ranks last in the league. They give up 2.91 against per game, which is 17th in the NHL. The power play is only 11.5% efficient, which ranks 29th in the NHL. The penalty kill is ranked 7th in the league at 85.0%.
The most telling stat is Anaheim is 0-10-6 when their opponents score two or more goals.
Max Comtois leads the team in scoring with eight goals.
David Backes was also added to the roster.
Lukas Dostal, Hunter Drew, Maxim Golod, and Max Jones were added to the taxi squad.
Max Jones suffered a laceration to the face in the last game. He wanted to play, but was experiencing a great deal of pain according to Kent French, so he will sit out tonight.
Carter Rowney(lower body) was injured in a collision last week and was placed on the IR.
Josh Manson(oblique) has been practicing, but is still listed on the IR.
John Gibson 5-9-4 GAA 2.76, SV% .905 (Confirmed)
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St. Louis Outlook
The St. Louis Blues got down to Anaheim early on Monday, but tied the game in the first period and then rolled off three straight goals in the second to take a 4-1 lead. Even with the Ducks battling back, an empty net goal but the game out of reach.
The St. Louis average 3.23 per game, which ranks 9th in the league. They give up 3.14 goals against per game, which is ranks them 24th in the NHL. Their power play is ranked 28th at 13.4% efficiency. The penalty is 73.4% efficient, which is 25th in the NHL.
Brayden Schenn leads the team in scoring with 10 goals.
Jordan Binnington 8-6-2, GAA 2.66, SV% .909 (Confirmed)
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March 3rd, 2021