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Wednesday, November 5th (All times eastern)

St. Louis Blues (5-5-0) at Anaheim Ducks (8-5-1), 10 p.m.

(Sports Network) - After a high-scoring homestand, the Ducks must have left their offense at home when they left Anaheim. Luckily, the club returns to the Honda Center tonight to open a six-game residency versus the St. Louis Blues.

The Ducks went 2-0-1 on a recent three-game stay at home, netting 14 goals in those three games. Anaheim then made the trip to Los Angeles, where it recorded a 1-0 overtime victory against the Kings on Tuesday.

Chris Pronger netted the game-winning tally, converting a Teemu Selanne feed into a one-timer that beat Los Angeles' Erik Ersberg over the left shoulder 40 seconds into the frame. Selanne and Ryan Getzlaf each had an assist to run their point streaks to seven games each.

Getzlaf has four goals and 10 assists over his run, with Selanne posting seven goals and five assists on his. Corey Perry (3 goals, 11 assists) had his seven-game point streak ended.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere recorded his second shutout of the season and 31st of his career by stopping all 35 shots for the Ducks, who have won seven of their last eight. Giguere has allowed just two goals over his last two starts after allowing 14 over his previous four outings.

Anaheim is 3-3-1 as the host this year and its 23 goals at home this year is tied for fourth most in the NHL.

The Blues, meanwhile, begin a five-game road trip and have played just twice as the visiting team this year. St. Louis hasn't played away the Scottrade Center since back-to-back games on October 11 and 13. It lost the first contest in New York to the Islanders before picking up a shootout win in Toronto.

The Blues concluded a seven-game homestand on Saturday with a 6-3 loss to Pittsburgh, ending with a 3-4-0 mark on the residency.

Patrik Berglund scored the 10,000th goal in club history, while Barret Jackman and T.J. Oshie also posted goals. Chris Mason allowed five goals on 27 shots to take the loss, the Blues' fourth in five games, and has yet to win in a St. Louis' uniform (0-3-0) after coming to the club in the offseason.

Paul Kariya and David Perron had two assists each, with Kariya posting his 12th helper of the season. That leads the team and is tied for third in the NHL, while Kariya's 14 points are also a team best.

Kariya has notched a point in eight of the Blues' 10 games this year and has three goals and eight assists in 14 career games versus the Ducks, who he played for from 1994-95 through 2002-03 season.

The Ducks have won two straight and eight of their last 11 versus the Blues. They are also 8-1 with a tie in their last 10 at home versus St. Louis.

11/05 10:39:59 ET


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