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PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:21 am 
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ST. LOUIS -- The first two times the St. Louis Blues were shut out this season, they responded with a six-goal game. They would be happy if that happens a third time.

St. Louis will host the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night after losing 3-0 to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday. The Ducks are coming off a 3-2 victory at home Monday over the Carolina Hurricanes.

The game begins a six-game trip for the Ducks.

After the Blues were shut out by the Philadelphia Flyers on Nov. 2, they defeated Toronto 6-4 in their next game. They followed up their second shutout of the season -- to Nashville on Nov. 24 -- with a 6-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild.

This will be the Ducks' second game in St. Louis in a little more than two weeks. They beat the Blues 3-2 on Nov. 29.

When the teams met then, it was the Ducks who were riddled with injuries. Now they have gotten Ryan Getzlaf, Rickard Rakell and Jakob Silfverberg back, but also lost Corey Perry because of a knee injury suffered Monday night. His status was said to be "week-to-week."

"It's frustrating," Cam Fowler told the Orange County Register. "I guess you do kind of become numb to it, just because it seems to be making its way through the team, and to our high-caliber guys. ... We're trying to stay positive, stay focused.

"You lean on each other a lot. The guys that are lucky enough to be healthy and playing, you use one another. You try and rally around the guys that are down. When I was down it was killing me not to play so I understand what those guys are going through."

Coach Randy Carlyle could only shake his head at the latest injury.

"You play the hand you're dealt and you go on," he told the newspaper. "The good thing is we have some other players that are trending back."

The Blues were relatively healthy for their earlier game against the Ducks, but now they are dealing with multiple missing players as well.

Forward Jaden Schwartz is out for six weeks with an ankle injury, defenseman Alex Pietrangelo is out for at least a week with a lower-body injury and defenseman Jay Bouwmeester also did not play Tuesday and his status for Thursday will be determined after the Blues' morning skate.

"It's unfortunate, you wish they were in your lineup, but it's the way it goes, every team has to deal with it," Blues goaltender Jake Allen said. "We're not the only team. We can't feel sorry for ourselves and nobody else is going to feel sorry for us because we're missing three of our top players. We have good depth."

The absence of Pietrangelo and perhaps Bouwmeester will force young defensemen Joel Edmundson and Colton Parayko to log more minutes against the opponent's top forwards.

"They're playing great," Allen said. "It's great to see from my end. They're young but they are doing big things for us. They're a big part of the team now and probably for the next seven to 10 years."

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The preview said every time we've been shutout, we've responded by scoring 6 goals the next game. Somehow I don't see that happening tonight.

Wonder if there's been any sniffing around other teams to see who might be available to help out.

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Schwartz is to the Blues what I used to say about Kyle Okposo's role with the Islanders. Not the "big name" but definitely the straw that stirred the drink. When Okposo was in, the Isles did very well. When he was out, they couldn't buy a win. When he left for Buffalo, the Islanders were forced to adjust and they've done well this year rolling FOUR scoring lines. Memo to the organization: bring up some kids with actual skill for this stretch.

Ducks 2
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The Bouwmeester haters will have another chance to see how The Blues do with Schmaltz playing instead. The Blues killed off the first penalty without him and now go on the power play.

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Paajarvi hits the post on a 2 on 1!

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Perfect pass from Upshall to Berglund driving to the net by he shot it wide.

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Blues on the power play! Let's end The 1st with a 1-0 lead!

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The Bouwmeester haters will have another chance to see how The Blues do with Schmaltz playing instead. The Blues killed off the first penalty without him and now go on the power play.


I wouldn't so much say hate as facing the inevitable. Bouwmeester and Gunnarsson aren't part of the teams future while guys like Schmaltz and Walman probably are.

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Edmundson's got to lift it there!

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This game is looking a lot like The lightning game. Let's hope it ends a LOT differently.

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Blues on The Power Play! Let's tie it up!

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Blues back on the power play! Sobotka again fails on a nice set up. And Tarasenko klanks the crossbar!! No luck for The Blues. :(

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Berglund gets behind the defence and beats Gibson 5-hole. FINALLY something goes right.

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What's frustrating with these last 2 losses - the Blues aren't playing poorly. They just aren't finishing.

What was the point of even dressing Thorburn with his 5:24 of ice time?
Same with Paajarvi and his 8:10.

If the guys aren't going to play anyway when dressed, bring up someone else who at least might do something.

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