Anaheim Ducks Line Rushes vs. St. Louis Blues: 10/19/2014

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After the initial lines for the Anaheim Ducks against the Minnesota Wild struggled to generate any sort of consistent play or offensive pressure, Bruce Boudreau did some line juggling in game.

The new combinations paid off, as the Ducks came back from a third period deficit to defeat the Wild 2-1.

In practice the next day, the players skated in those revamped formations. It is expected that Rickard Rakell will draw back into the lineup in place of Chris Wagner, who made his NHL debut on Friday against Minnesota. Corey Perry will look to keep his torrid start to the season going, scoring five goals and seven points in five games while registering a point in all five games this season.

According to Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register, here are the expected lineups for the Ducks and Blues.

Anaheim Ducks Forward Lines

Devante Smith-PellyRyan GetzlafCorey Perry
Andrew CoglianoRyan KeslerJakob Silfverberg
Matt BeleskeyWilliam KarlssonRickard Rakell
Emerson EtemNate ThompsonTim Jackman

On defense, the Ducks appear to be going with the same three pairs as they have for the entirety of this young season. Look for Hampus Lindholm to have a bounce-back game after struggling against Minnesota, committing four giveaways. Cam Fowler is entering this game with a three-game point streak (three assists).

Anaheim Ducks Defense Pairings:

Cam FowlerBen Lovejoy
Francois BeaucheminHampus Lindholm
Clayton StonerSami Vatanen

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As for the Blues, they did not receive good news last night after Paul Stastny exited the game against the Arizona Coyotes and had his left arm in a sling. Stastny has already been ruled out by Blues coach Ken Hitchcock for tonight. With the injury, expect Magnus Paajarvi to draw into the lineup for the Blues tonight. Jaden Schwartz is coming off a spectacular performance, netting a hat trick for the Blues in a 6-1 victory over the Coyotes last night. Vladimir Tarasenko also had a stellar night, tallying three assists.

St. Louis Blues Forward Lines:

Alex Steen David BackesT.J. Oshie
Jaden SchwartzJori LehteraVladimir Tarasenko
Magnus PaajarviPatrik BerglundJoakim Lindstrom
Steve OttMaxim LapierreRyan Reaves

On the blue-line, offseason acquisition Carl Gunnarsson has yet to play for his new club this season. Though he is closer to returning, he has still not been added to the active roster. The Blues called up defenseman Petteri Lindbohm on Saturday, and it’s expected that he will draw in the lineup and make his NHL debut for Jordan Leopold.

St. Louis Blues Defense Pairings:

Ian ColeAlex Pietrangelo
Jay BouwmeesterKevin Shattenkirk
Barret Jackman – Petteri Lindbohm

In net, Frederik Andersen (4-0-0, 1.71 GAA, .937 SV%) will get the nod, playing very well in each of his four previous starts this year. The Blues will go with Brian Elliott (1-1-1, 1.30 GAA, .940 SV%) after Jake Allen played against the Coyotes last night. Elliott is coming off a 1-0 shootout loss to the Los Angeles Kings, where he stopped all 18 shots he faced in regulation before allowing one goal in the shootout period.

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