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
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