NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, October 17th (All times eastern)
St. Louis Blues (2-2-1) at Anaheim Ducks (3-2-1), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The St. Louis Blues will take another shot at winning their first game in North America this season when they visit the Anaheim Ducks for tonight's showdown at the Honda Center.
The Blues opened the season by sweeping a two-game series against Detroit in Stockholm, Sweden. Since returning from Europe, however, St. Louis has dropped three straight contests, including a pair of home losses and Thursday's overtime setback in Phoenix.
St. Louis was handed a 3-2 setback by the Coyotes when Ed Jovanovski scored 3:37 into overtime to lift his club. Jovanovski came charging down the slot and deflected the disc with the shaft of his stick past an out-of-position netminder. Officials spent a few minutes using video to review the goal before verifying the game-winner.
"It was clearly a goal," said Blues head coach Andy Murray. "Jovanovski just came driving through. We had everybody around there, but the puck was up in the air and he was the biggest body there and he got to it first."
David Backes and Paul Kariya had the goals for the Blues, while Chris Mason stopped 31 shots.
St. Louis last lost three straight from December 28-January 2 of last season and hasn't been dealt four setbacks in a row since a five-game slide from December 10-18.
Tonight's test marks the middle portion of a three-game road trip for the Blues, who will also visit Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Ducks have won three of their last four games and are coming off Wednesday's close victory over visiting Minnesota. That game kicked off a six- game homestand for Anaheim, which is 1-1-0 as the host so far this season.
Corey Perry scored twice and Jonas Hiller stopped 32 shots in Anaheim's 3-2 victory over the Wild.
Ryan Carter also scored for the Ducks, who notched two goals in the first period, marking the first time Anaheim had tallied in the opening stanza this season.
Next up for the Ducks is Wednesday's Pacific Division battle against Dallas. Anaheim will also host Columbus, Toronto and Vancouver before completing the homestand.
The Ducks took three of four from St. Louis last season and have come out on top in five of the last six meetings between the clubs. The Blues have also dropped four straight in Anaheim and last won at the Honda Center on January 16, 2007.
10/17 11:09:04 ET