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Morning Report: Gibson Expected to Start Against Injury-Depleted Blues

The Ducks will reach the midway point in their four-game road trip tonight as they face an injury-depleted Blues team. Anaheim is coming off a 1-0 victory at Chicago two nights ago, fueled by John Gibson’s 38-save shutout (second SO of his career) and Devante Smith-Pelly’s game-winning shorthanded goal (second SHG of his career). The win propelled the club to a 8-2-0 record (16 points), tops in the Western Conference.

The Ducks blanked the Blues, 3-0, at Honda Center on October 19, in what was the first shutout of Frederik Andersen’s career. Sami Vatanen recorded his first career multi-goal game and captain Ryan Getzlaf had two helpers in the victory. That was the fourth consecutive win against the Blues dating back to last season (three-game sweep) and the eighth consecutive victory vs. St. Louis at Honda Center. The Ducks are riding a two-game road winning streak at Scottrade Center, also dating back to 2013-14.

Despite their recent overall success against the Blues, the Ducks haven’t fared well at Scottrade Center over the years. Anaheim is 15-17-8 in St. Louis, and defenseman Cam Fowler knows the Blues will bring their best effort tonight. “They play the game the right way,” he said. “This building has always been a difficult place to come in and play. Even though they have a couple key guys out of the lineup, it doesn’t change our approach to the game. We know we have to bring our ‘A’ game.”

 

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