I was going to take a way-too-quick look at the woes of the Blues' season, but Mike talked through some of those issues yesterday. I will add that the Blues have enjoyed/suffered an extreme road-happy 1st-half of the season -- they have the fewest home wins in the NHL, and yet they also have the fewest road regulation losses. For some reason, they' play way better hockey away from St. Louis, especially defensively. St. Louis is allowing 3.30 goals-per-game at home and 2.32 goals-per-game on the road -- nearly a whopping full-goal's difference.
Ducks are 11-4-2 against St. Louis since the lockout, which would be comforting except the one meeting this season was a 5-0 Blues thumping in Anaheim. I didn't see a lick of that game and I won't be around tonight -- play nice in the comments. Still, the Ducks have won their last four at home -- here's hoping they can extend that.
As for top-six injuries, looks like still no Teemu tonight. Per the OC Register Ducks blog, lines should or could be:
Matt Beleskey - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry
Bobby Ryan - Saku Koivu - Dan Sexton
Todd Marchant - Kyle Chipchura - Troy Bodie
Evgeny Artyukhin - Petteri Nokelainen - Mike Brown
Scott Niedermayer - James Wisniewski
Ryan Whitney - Sheldon Brookbank
Brett Festerling - Steve Eminger
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Also, Scotty Niedermayer's going to zero-emissions? Way to go, Captain Planet.
Prediction: Ducks win in, what the hell, a shootout. Could happen. :)