St Louis (36-27-5) at Anaheim (36-23-10)
When: Wednesday, March 15th 2017
Where: Honda Center, Anaheim, CA
Time: 10:05 ET | TV: NBC Sports Network
The Anaheim Ducks will host the surging St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night at Honda Center looking to break a second place tie with Calgary in the Pacific Division. The Ducks have won three of their last four with the only loss coming in St. Louis on Friday. Goaltender Jonathan Bernier has also been solid in filling in for the injured John Gibson, securing the NHL’s Second Star of the Week honors on Monday following a 3-0-0 mark with one shutout, a 1.62 goals-against average and .948 save percentage. Bernier made 25 saves in Sunday’s 5-2 win over Washington, but Gibson likely will get the nod for his second start in six days versus St. Louis after turning aside 31 shots in the 4-3 loss on Friday. Captain Ryan Getzlaf recorded his second three-point performance in four games by collecting a goal and two assists versus the Capitals. Getzlaf has recorded 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) in his last 10 games. Corey Perry (two goals, assist) and Ryan Kesler (one goal, two assists) also turned in three-point performances, giving the former three goals in his last three games while the latter ended an 11-game goal drought. Rickard Rakell has scored seven of his team-leading 29 goals over the last eight games and scored in both games versus St. Louis this season.
The red-hot Blues scored just six goals in a five-game losing streak earlier this month, but have exploded for 16 in their current five-game winning streak. The Blues have distanced themselves from the ninth spot in the Western Conference and are now on the heels of Nashville for third place in the Central Division. Jake Allen, who has stopped 120 of 125 shots in his last four starts, made 38 saves on Monday as St. Louis began its three-game road trip through California with a 3-1 victory over Los Angeles. Vladimir Tarasenko has on fire lately, scoring 13 of his team-leading 32 goals over his last 21 games. Tarasenko added to his club-best point total (61) by joining fellow forward Paul Stastny in scoring and setting up a goal last week against Anaheim while Alexander Steen has posted a goal and an assist in each of his last two games. Patrik Berglund, who has a goal and an assist in his last two games, capped a two-goal performance by scoring 51 seconds into overtime of a 2-1 victory over the Ducks on January 15th. The Blues have won eight of their last 11 road games, allowing just 12 non-empty-net goals in that span.
The Blues are on fire right now and are even playing well on the road. Anaheim has lost nine of their last ten games following a win. I expect a low-scoring battle here with the Blues pulling it out late.
Pick: Blues +115
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