The Anaheim Ducks arrive in St. Louis for the second destination on their four-game road trip. They fell by a score of 4-2 on Saturday night at the United Center in downtown against the Blackhawks. They struck first on the scoreboard with a Max Jones marker, though Jonathan Toews countered a few minutes later and the game ultimately got away from the Ducks.
It’s been a rough season for the Ducks, as they sit a point behind the Kings in last place in the Pacific Division. There wasn’t much to expect out of the retooling Ducks heading into this season, and they’re pretty well where we thought they’d be at this point in the season. This is going to be a lottery team with a chance at getting the No. 1 selection in the draft.
New Jersey didn’t need to finish last to get the first pick in the most recent draft, so the Ducks are going to be hoping for the same luck. And no, the Red Wings are not going to be catching the Ducks or anyone else to get out of last in the league. The Red Wings are too bad to allow that to happen.
If the Red Wings don’t get the first selection after this putrid season, it’ll be a tough pill to swallow. Talk about adding insult to injury. The Ducks head into St. Louis with a record of 17-23-5 and 39 points, with just three wins in their previous ten outings. Since a 4-3 shootout win over the Rangers on December 14th, the Ducks only have three wins to show for their effort, or lack thereof.
The Blues have looked like a different team from last season, and I mean that in a positive way. They were not a regular season team until they got going just about now. Whereas in 2019-20, the Blues have applied the gas early and often. The way things went last season may end up proving to be the more success formula, though. St. Louis caught fire from January all the way to when they were hoisting the Stanley Cup above their heads in the spring.
It’s been different this year, as the Blues enter Monday with an impressive mark of 29-10-7 and 65 points for 1st in the Central Division. They hold a nine point advantage over the Dallas Stars. Essentially what the Blues have done is stay hot from last January, and carried all the way through the playoffs and they’re not done yet. We’ll see if the Ducks can respond after a suspect performance in Chicago. Head below for our free Ducks vs. Blues pick.
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The Ducks have failed to show much energy on the road this season. One of their greatest weapons is welcoming teams on long road trips to the Honda Center. And in many instances, that includes a stop in Los Angeles a night or two before. It’s the perfect spot to catch teams out of sync and not focused on a road trip in California. The Ducks do not have that luxury of catching teams off guard on the road and it shows.
Anaheim enter St. Louis with a record of 6-14-2 on the road. There isn’t another team in the Western Conference who have been worse on the road than the Ducks have been.
As a visitor, the Ducks have scored an average of just 2.27 goals per game. The Ducks struggle to score pretty much anywhere they play, but it’s especially dire on the road. Note that the Ducks are 30th in the NHL with 2.47 goals a game. To make matters worse, their best playmaker on the roster, Jakob Silfverberg has been dealing with an upper-body injury.
Silfverberg did not travel with the team on this road trip, so will definitely be unavailable to play on Monday night in St. Louis. He has registered 15 goals and 13 assists for second on the team with 28 points. Silfverberg’s 15 goals leads the team. Adam Henrique, Richard Rakell, and Ryan Getzlaf are the only other Ducks who’ve scored at least ten goals. Already a bad team, the Ducks have a significant lack of firepower without Silfverberg in the mix.
Silfverberg’s presence against the Blackhawks would have been helpful, but the Blackhawks, a team who has been struggling defensively recently and going through plenty of injuries, made it look easy versus the Ducks without Silverberg. While the Ducks are bad at home, they really haven’t won games anywhere recently. The Ducks are winners in just one of their previous seven outings, and they’ve been getting hammered defensively of late.
Along with the goal-scoring problems, the Ducks have surrendered 3.9 goals per contest in their last ten outings. Conversely, the Blues have netted 3.9 goals a game in their last ten games, so that spells bad news for the Ducks here. The Ducks won their first meeting against the Blues by a score of 4-1 in November. Expect roles to flip in this one. Anaheim may provide some resistance for a period, but I like the Blues to pull away. They should be able to earn their fourth straight win on Monday night at the Enterprise Center over the Silfverberg-less Ducks.