BLUES IN DUCKS
When: Sunday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. CT
Or: Honda Center in Anaheim, CA
Watch: Bally Sports Midwest, Bally Sports App
Listen: 101 ESPN, Blues App
BLUES The St. Louis Blues extended their franchise-high point streak to 15 games (13-0-2) at Arizona on Saturday night, but it didn’t come without some hiccups.
The Blues had a 4-1 lead against the Coyotes but needed overtime to secure two points.
Justin Faulkwho scored the first goal of the game early in the first period, added a game-winner in overtime 30 seconds into the extra frame to pull his team once again with the Minnesota Wild in the hunt to gain the advantage of home ice in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Brayden Schenn (upper-body injury) was a last-minute scratch, but Blues head coach Craig Berube said he didn’t expect the injury to keep Schenn out for very long. The team was also without Torey Krug (upper body), who was injured Thursday during morning practice in San Jose, and Tyler Bozak, who has been sidelined with a lower-body injury since March. Berube, however, said Bozak is set to make a comeback.
The availability of injured players won’t be known until Sunday’s pregame warmup, when the Blues meet the Anaheim Ducks before heading to the Colorado Avalanche to wrap up a four-game road trip.
DUCKS The Anaheim Ducks have lost back-to-back games to long distance rival Los Angeles Kings and will be looking to avoid a third straight loss as they host the Blues for the final meeting of the regular season at Honda Center.
Anaheim is 30-34-14 this season but was knocked out of the playoffs.
Troy Terry leads Anaheim with 64 points this season, posting 36 goals and 28 assists in 72 games.
FACE-TO-FACE Sunday’s game will be the third and final game between the teams this season.
The Blues are 0-1-1 against the Ducks this season and 1-1-3 in their last five meetings. However, as of Jan. 23, 2019, the Blues are 9-3-3 in their last 15 games against Anaheim.
PLAYER TO WATCH
BLUES Vladimir Tarasenko, who extended his points streak to nine games with an assist on Faulk’s overtime winner. Tarasenko has eight goals and 11 assists (19 points) in that streak.
DUCKS Ryan Getzlaf, who will play his last game at the Honda Center on Sunday night against the Blues. The Ducks captain will be honored at a pre-game ceremony and will address fans after the game. The 36-year-old has 35 points (three goals, 32 assists) this season but has 1,017 points (282 goals, 735 assists) in 1,155 regular season games, all with the Ducks.
ONE MORE POINT
thomas robert extended his point streak to 16 games with an assist on Faulk’s overtime game winner at Arizona. Thomas was not credited with an assist at the start, but the League made an official change of score on Sunday. The longest point streak in the NHL this season belongs to Edmonton’s Connor McDavid, who has scored in 17 consecutive games.