The Anaheim Ducks are back on the road tonight, taking on the defending Stanley Cup Champions.
The Anaheim Ducks are staring down the barrel of a four-game losing streak. Tonight is their night to end it. However, it isn’t going to be easy, as they’re about to go head to head with the defending Stanley Cup Champions on their home turf.
The St. Louis Blues got to taste victory last season, and their 12-3-5 season record would suggest that they’re hungry for more. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean the defending champions haven’t struggled in some capacity. Their biggest issue this season is their inability to get to the front of the net and generate scoring chances. This has pushed the team to overtime in half of their contests so far this season.
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However, the Anaheim Ducks haven’t been doing to best job defending the front of their net and John Gibson. This could open up opportunities for the Blues to generate some Grade A scoring chances before the night is over. The Ducks penalty problem could also get the best of them tonight. The Blue’s special teams are leaps and bounds better than what the Ducks currently have on the ice.
Jordan Binnington is projected to play in net for the Blues tonight, which could serve as a huge roadblock for Anaheim’s offense, or lack thereof. Despite the significant differences between the two teams, however, this doesn’t mean the Ducks will be defeated before they take the ice.
They’ve had success when it comes to playing teams that are statistically better than they are. St. Louis could prove to be different, but if they put in the hard work, stay focused, and play as a team, there is a possibility that the Ducks could pull through. Their biggest obstacle tonight will be their own attitude. If they walk into this game already feeling defeated, they’ve lost even before the puck drops. But, if they can find their confidence early enough in the first period, they stand a chance.
What You Need to Know Before Puck Drop
Game 21: Anaheim Ducks vs St. Louis Blues
Season Record: 9-9-2
Location: Enterprise Center— St. Louis, Missouri
Time: 5:00pm PST
TV: Fox Sports West
Tickets: If you’re an Anaheim Ducks fan in the St. Louis area and you’re hoping to find last minute tickets for tonight’s game, our friends at StubHub have you covered. Expect to spend a little more on tickets tonight, since we are playing the defending Stanley Cup Champions. Single Tickets are as low as $53.
Anaheim Ducks News: The Anaheim Ducks will be hosting an official watch party for tonight’s game at the House of Blues Anaheim.
Anaheim Ducks Betting Odds & Lines
According to our friends at the Action Network, the St. Louis Blues are -165 on the Moneyline. Despite the fact that they are playing their second game in a back to back the Blues have had an incredible season, still riding the high from their Stanley Cup Win.
The Ducks, on the other hand, are coming into this game having dropped their fourth game to the San Jose Sharks. If Dallas Eakins decides to forego the morning skate, once again, that could have a significant impact on how the Ducks perform tonight.
Per the Weather Channel, if you’re in the area for tonight’s game in St. Louis sunset will be around 4:46 pm. There will be some slight winds with a 10% chance of rain. Sky’s will be mostly cloudy, followed by cloud cover late in the evening. Today’s expected high is 43ºF but it is expected to dip down to as low as 28ºF after sunset.
If you’re watching the game in the Orange County area, there should be sun and clear skies throughout the day. Expect a high of 81ºF with temperatures dipping down to 58ºF later in the evening.
Anaheim Ducks Projected Lineup
The following lineup is a projection for the Anaheim Ducks. It has been provided by NHL.com. They are subject to change:
"Nick Ritchie–Ryan Getzlaf–Ondrej KaseRickard Rakell–Adam Henrique–Jakob SilfverbergMax Jones–Sam Steel–Troy TerryDevin Shore–Derek Grant–Carter Rowney Jacob Larsson–Cam FowlerMichael Del Zotto–Erik GudbransonBrendan Guhle–Korbinian Holzer Starting Goaltender: John GibsonBackup Goaltender: Ryan Miller Healthy Scratches: Nicolas Deslauriers, Josh MahuraInjuries: Ryan Kesler (LTIR), Josh Manson (Lower Body), Hampus Lindholm (Lower Body)"
St. Louis Blues Projected Lineup
The following lineup is a projection for the St. Louis Blues. It has been provided by NHL.com. They are subject to change:
"Jaden Schwartz–Brayden Schenn–Robert ThomasZach Sanford–Ryan O’Reilly–David PerronKlim Kostin-Tyler Bozak–Sammy BlaisMackenzie MacEachern–Ivan Barbashev–Oskar Sundqvist Colton Parayko–Alex PietrangeloJay Bouwmeester–Justin FaulkVince Dunn–Robert Bortuzzo Starting Goaltender: Jordan BinningtonBackup Goaltender: Jake Allen Healthy Scratches: Carl Gunnarsson, Jacob de La RoseInjuries: Vladimir Tarasenko (Shoulder), Alex Steen (Ankle)"
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