Preview: Anaheim at St. Louis

When: 8:00 PM  ET, Thursday, October 30, 2014
Where: Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri
Matchup Edge
ANA Edge in: STL
Offense
Defense
Power Play
Penalty Kill
Face Offs
Discipline
Goaltending


The Anaheim Ducks look to resurrect their offense as they continue their four-game road trip against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday. Anaheim began its trek Tuesday with a 1-0 triumph at Chicago as Devante Smith-Pelly scored a short-handed goal with 8:28 remaining in the third period and John Gibson turned aside 38 shots en route to his second career shutout. The contest was the second in a row in which the Ducks tallied only once, as they suffered a 4-1 loss to San Jose on Sunday to end their winning streak at seven games.

St. Louis is seeking its third straight victory after defeating Dallas 4-3 in overtime Tuesday. Vladimir Tarasenko completed his first career hat trick with a power-play goal 1:28 into the extra session and Brian Elliott made 25 saves to extend his personal winning streak against the Stars to four games. The Blues hope to even the season series versus the Ducks at a win apiece after dropping a 3-0 decision in Anaheim on Oct. 19.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, Prime Ticket (Anaheim), FSN Midwest (St. Louis)

ABOUT THE DUCKS (8-2-0): Frederik Andersen will be back in net Thursday, as he owns impressive career numbers against the Blues. The 25-year-old Dane is 3-0-0 with a 1.33 goals-against average, .957 save percentage and his lone NHL shutout in three starts versus St. Louis. Overall, Anaheim is 7-0-1 in its last eight meetings with the Blues and 3-0-1 in its last four visits to Scottrade Center.

ABOUT THE BLUES (4-3-1): Tuesday's victory came at a price as captain David Backes suffered an upper-body injury on a hit by Dallas defenseman Trevor Daley late in the first period and did not return. Backes' head hit the ice on the play, and coach Ken Hitchcock kept him out of the contest for "precautionary" reasons. St. Louis has scored 10 goals both at home and on the road, with half of its road tallies coming on the power play.

OVERTIME

1. St. Louis G Jake Allen is expected to make his third start of the season Thursday.

2. Anaheim has allowed at least four goals in each of its two losses and fewer than four in each of its eight victories.

3. Blues C Jori Lehtera has gotten on the scoresheet in two of his seven NHL games, recording a goal and two assists both times.

PREDICTION: Ducks 5, Blues 3

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Anaheim 8-2-0-0 W1 4-1-0-0 4-1-0-0 2-1-0-0 6-1-0-0 0-1-0-0
St. Louis 4-3-0-1 W2 2-2-0-0 2-1-0-1 0-1-0-0 4-2-0-1 ---

Last Meeting

Anaheim St. Louis
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
10/19/14 STL 0 ANA 3 25 28 2-3 28 22 0-2

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
ANA R. Getzlaf 2
STL J. Allen 0
Goals Player  
ANA S. Vatanen 2
STL J. Allen 0
Assists Player  
ANA R. Getzlaf 2
STL J. Allen 0
Saves Player  
ANA F. Andersen 28
STL B. Elliott 22
Season
Total Points Player  
ANA R. Getzlaf 12
STL V. Tarasenko 9
Goals Player  
ANA C. Perry 9
STL J. Schwartz 5
Assists Player  
ANA R. Getzlaf 9
STL K. Shattenkirk 7
Saves Player  
ANA F. Andersen 187
STL B. Elliott 132

Quickchart Matchup

Anaheim Off vs  St. Louis Def
3 GF
2.12 GA
30.5 Shots
24 Shots
9 PP
7 PK
St. Louis Off vs  Anaheim Def
2.5 GF
1.9 GA
32.6 Shots
29.3 Shots
8 PP
6 PK

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home Away over/under
OPEN -110 -110
-110
5
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports -115 -105
115
5.5
Sportsbook -115 -105
115
5.5
5Dimes.eu
-114
104
125
5.5
GTBets.eu -120 100
120
5.5
Top Bet -120 100
105
5.5
BetOnline.ag -119 108
125
5.5
BetDSI -120 100
-150
5
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF OFF
Belmont -115 -105
115
5.5
BookMaker.eu -120 100
-150
5
Vegas Odds
Westgate -120
110
-140
5.5
Mirage -125 105
-135
5.5
Station -125 105
-140
5.5
Best home line Best road line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Anaheim Overall St. Louis
8-2-0-0 W/L 4-3-0-1
6-4 ATS 4-4
3-7 O/U 2-2
3.00 Goals For 2.50
1.90 Goals Agnst 2.12
Anaheim A/H St. Louis
4-1-0-0 W/L 2-2-0-0
3-2 ATS 1-3
3-2 O/U 0-0
3.20 Goals For 2.50
2.40 Goals Agnst 2.50