Ducks-Blues Preview

The St. Louis Blues are the NHL’s most successful home team over

the past three seasons.

Their impressive success on the power play may keep them rolling

at Scottrade Center.

The Blues go for a sixth straight win on home ice Saturday

night, when they attempt to beat the Anaheim Ducks for the seventh

time in eight tries there.

St. Louis (19-5-3) has amassed a league-best 122 points while

going 57-15-8 at home since 2011-12, and the team’s success there

has continued this season. The Blues are 12-1-2 as host, and their

26 points tie them with Boston and Minnesota for the most in the


They’ve outscored opponents 25-7 while winning five in a row at

home after a three-goal second period spurred Thursday’s 5-1

victory over the New York Islanders. That came after St. Louis

concluded a 1-2-0 trip by giving up nine total goals in

back-to-back losses to San Jose and Los Angeles.

“The thing I’m happiest about is for 30 minutes, we finally saw

our game back again,” coach Ken Hitchcock said. “We saw our pursuit

game, we got the puck stopped in the offensive zone, created

turnovers, we created second and third turnovers, which is our


“I thought for 30 minutes, we started to see what we’re capable

of again. It was nice to see.”

Hitchcock is certainly happy with what he’s seeing from the

power play, which ranks second in the league with a 25.5-percent

success rate. The unit went 3 for 6 against the Islanders and is 8

for 21 over the last five home games.

“We were very effective on the power play,” Hitchcock said

Thursday. “We moved the puck, found shooting lanes. I thought all

three goals, there was no chance for the goalie on any of the


David Backes had one of those power-play goals, and his six on

the man-advantage rank among the league leaders. The center has

scored eight of his 13 goals at home, including four during the

five-game winning streak.

Alexander Steen’s 20 goals are one behind Washington’s Alex

Ovechkin for the most in the NHL, but he hasn’t found the net in

three straight games. He had five goals in four home games before

being limited to an assist on Backes’ tally Thursday.

Steen has six points over the past four home meetings with the

Ducks (19-7-5), while Backes has six goals and four assists in

seven matchups there.

The Blues are 6-0-1 against Anaheim over that stretch, winning

the most recent meeting 2-1 in overtime on March 16.

The Ducks may be looking to make things easier on themselves

after beating Chicago 3-2 in a shootout Friday, following two

consecutive defeats via the tiebreaker – including 3-2 in nine

rounds against Los Angeles on Tuesday.

Anaheim improved to 2-4 in shootouts.

“It’s been a while,” said Jonas Hiller, who had 23 saves in

regulation and overtime before turning aside two of three shootout

attempts Friday.

Ryan Getzlaf has nine goals and nine assists during a 12-game

point streak after getting one of each against the Blackhawks. The

center leads Anaheim with 34 points, but he hasn’t managed to get

any in two visits to St. Louis.

Corey Perry, the team leader with 17 goals, has found the net

just once in 14 career games there. However, he enters this visit

with one goal in each of the past four contests, and five in