The NHL is set up with another great slate of games throughout March 1. Seven games are up on the board throughout Monday night. One of these games will be between the St. Louis Blues and the Anaheim Ducks. These two teams have had opposite starts to this season, but will both look for the win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 10:00 PM Eastern time.
St. Louis has started out this season with a record of 11-8-2, which has them sitting in second place of the West Division. The Blues are coming off a win in their last game, which ended a three game losing streak. St. Louis will look to get going in this one after winning a high scoring affair against San Jose. I expect the Blues to try and come out quickly in this one.
The Ducks have put up a record of 6-10-5, which has them in seventh place of the West Division. Anaheim has lost six games in a row and will look to turn it around in this one. The Ducks have struggled to get anything going so far this season. Anaheim will look to finally get the offense going in this one as they look for a much needed win.
These two teams have had very opposite starts to this season, but I expect a tight affair as they meet up in this one. Anaheim has hit a wall as of late and will need to get some offense going, which has been an issue throughout this season. St. Louis is coming off a high scoring affair and will look to tighten up their defense in this one.
The Blues and the Ducks have met up twice already this season. Anaheim hosted the first game on January 30. Max Jones scored for the Ducks, but it was not nearly enough. Jordan Kyrou had two goals and an assist on the night. David Perron had a goal and an assist, while Brayden Schenn had two assists. Jordan Binnington stopped 23 of the 24 shots he faced as St. Louis grabbed a 6-1 win.
The second game of the season series stayed in Anaheim on January 31. Jakob Silverberg opened up the scoring for the Ducks, but once again Anaheim came up short. Brayden Schenn finished with two goals on the night. Sammy Blais and Colton Parayko both scored as well for St. Louis. Ville Husso finished with 25 saves on 26 shots as the Blues earned a 4-1 win.
St. Louis has been able to win four straight games against the Ducks, including both games so far in this season’s series. The Blues dominated both games throughout the start of this season series. Anaheim will look to tighten up their defense in this one. If St. Louis can come out hot once again, it could be enough to knock off the Ducks on Monday night.
The Blues have not been able to get anything going on special teams so far this season. St. Louis has capitalized on 8 of their 64 power play chances, which is a 12.5 percent power play. The Blues have not been any better on the penalty kill this season. St. Louis has killed off 55 of the 75 penalties against them, which is a 73.3 percent kill rate.
Anaheim’s power play has struggled to find rhythm throughout this season as well. The Ducks have scored 5 power play goals on 48 opportunities, which is a 10.4 percent success rate. Anaheim’s penalty kill has been really solid this season. The Ducks have given up 8 goals on their opponents 57 power play attempts, which is an 86 percent penalty kill.
The Ducks have the edge on special teams entering this one. Anaheim has not been great on the power play this season, but their penalty kill has been really strong. The Ducks could get their power play going against the Blues struggling penalty kill. If Anaheim can score a power play goal or two in this one, it could be enough to grab a win on Monday night.
Jordan Binnington will likely get the start in the crease for St. Louis on Monday night. Binnington has started in 17 games this season, going 8-6-2. He has put up a save percentage of .909 and a 2.66 GAA in his starts this season. Binnington finished with 15 saves on 19 shots in his last start against the Sharks, before getting pulled.
I expect John Gibson to get the nod between the pipes for the Ducks in this one. Gibson has earned a record of 5-8-4 throughout his 17 starts this season. He has posted a .907 save percentage and a GAA of 2.68 in his games played. Gibson’s last start was against the Vegas Golden Knights, where he stopped 24 of 27 shots in the overtime loss.
These two goalies have put up similar numbers to this point in the season. Binnington is coming off a game he was pulled from on Saturday night. Gibson took a tough loss in overtime, but will look to get the win in this one. I expect these two teams to come out quickly as they try to give their goalie some help in this one.
Anaheim struggled throughout this season and have lost six games in a row entering this one. I expect the Ducks to try and come out quickly in this one as they try to end that losing streak. If Anaheim can get an edge on special teams, it could help them get a win. The Ducks have lost four straight games to St. Louis, but I think that they can turn it around in this one.
BetOnline has the Blues listed as a -140 against the money line in this one. This implies that St. Louis will win this game around 58.3 percent of the time. St. Louis is missing a lot of key players, which could give the Ducks a chance in this one. I like Anaheim to finally end the losing streak and as big underdogs, I see a lot of value on the Ducks on Monday night.