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  • GDT: Blues @ Anaheim Mighty Ducks

    GAME: St. Louis Blues (33-27-10-2) at Anaheim Mighty Ducks (26-30-9-8).
    TIME: Wednesday, 9:30 p.m. CST.

    Back in a tie for seventh place in the Western Conference, the St. Louis Blues hope to continue their climb up the standings when they visit the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.

    The Blues have just one loss in their last seven games (5-1-1), and are coming off a crucial 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday.

    The win left the Blues and Nashville Predators tied at 80 points for the seventh and eighth playoff spots, knocking the Kings into ninth. The Blues, who have 10 games remaining, are four points behind the sixth-place Flames in the West.

    Veteran Keith Tkachuk has sparked the Blues' resurgence. The 31-year-old winger has recorded a point in six of his last seven games, including his 30th goal of the season against the Kings on Tuesday.

    The Blues won despite playing for the first time this season without four-time All-Star defenseman Chris Pronger, who served a league-imposed one-game suspension. Pronger was the only player to appear in each of St. Louis' first 72 games, after missing all but five games last season because of injuries.

    In Tuesday's win, Chris Osgood made 31 saves for his 300th NHL victory and Petr Cajanek had an empty-net goal and two assists.

    Anaheim snapped its four-game losing streak with a 3-2 win in overtime over the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday. Garrett Burnett and Cam Severson scored for the Ducks, and Ilja Bryzgalov made 26 saves in his first NHL start.

    "NHL games and AHL games are a bit different," Bryzgalov said. "Here you need a little bit more concentration."

    The Ducks had been outscored 15-5 during the losing streak, their longest skid since opening the season with five losses.

    Now 11 points behind the Blues and Predators for the final playoff spots, the Ducks on the verge of becoming the first team since 1993 to fail to make the postseason after advancing to the Stanley Cup finals the previous year.

    STANDINGS: Blues - 80 points, 3rd place, 16 PB, Central Division. Mighty Ducks - 69 points, 4th place, 19 PB, Pacific Division.

    TEAM LEADERS: Blues - Tkachuk, 30 goals and 66 points; Doug Weight, 46 assists; Mike Danton, 141 PIM. Mighty Ducks - Fedorov, 26 goals, 31 assists and 57 points; Burnett, 148 PIM.

    SPECIAL TEAMS (through March 15): Blues - Power play: 17.7 percent (55 for 310), 9th in NHL. Penalty killing: 84.5 percent (288 for 341), 12th. Mighty Ducks - Power play: 16.5 percent (46 for 278), 13th. Penalty killing: 84.5 percent (261 for 309), 11th.

    GOALTENDERS: Blues - Osgood (26-23-8, 2 SO, 2.29 GAA); Reinhard Divis (4-3-1, 0, 3.09). Mighty Ducks - Jean-Sebastien Giguere (15-28-5, 3, 2.62); Martin Gerber (10-10-4, 2, 2.27; Ilya Bryzgalov 1-0-0, 0, 2.00)

    SEASON SERIES: tied, 1-1.

    LAST MEETING: Nov. 16; Mighty Ducks, 4-3. At Anaheim, Steve Rucchin scored in the first period for his 400th NHL point, then got the go-ahead tally on the power play early in the third.

    ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Blues - 14-17-3-2 on the road; Mighty Ducks - 17-9-6-4 at home.


                 GP  W  L (OL) T PTS
                 -- --- ---   --- ---
     1) DETROIT       72 42 18  (2) 10  96
     2) COLORADO       73 38 18  (5) 12  93
     3) SAN JOSE       72 35 19  (6) 12  88
      VANCOUVER      73 37 22  (4) 10  88
     5) DALLAS        73 36 24  (0) 13  85
     6) CALGARY       73 37 26  (3) 7  84
     7) ST LOUIS       73 34 27  (2) 10  80
      NASHVILLE      73 33 26  (3) 11  80
     9) LOS ANGELES     72 28 21  (7) 16  79
    10) EDMONTON       73 30 27  (4) 12  76
    11) MINNESOTA      72 24 26  (2) 20  70
    12) ANAHEIM       73 26 30  (8) 9  69
    13) PHOENIX       73 20 31  (6) 16  62
    14) CHICAGO       71 19 37  (6) 9  53
    15) COLUMBUS       73 20 41  (4) 8  52

    Mr. G

  • #2
    Hopefully the same Blues show up tonight as they did last night in Los Angeles...
    with the exception of Brent Johnson.....I mean Chris Osgood getting caugh tout of the


    • #3
      Ozwald was flopping worse than Grant"blow"Fuhr in his Keenan

      prime......Hopefully Mel has his legs tonite, Prongs should due to

      his mini-vaca last evening...wonder if he was at Mann's chinease

      theater during the game!


      • #4
        Blues are terrible in the second of back-to-back games, but I think they'll eke this one out 2-1 or 3-2.

        Mellanby has no legs. Last night he must have been taking speed or snorting coke. He's done. Washed up.

        Pronger will be back after the suspension and wil be pissed off, take some dumb penalties, but still play 30 minutes


        • #5
          WE WANT TACOS
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          • #6
            Originally posted by JackSparrow@Mar 17 2004, 03:38 PM
            [SIZE=3]WE WANT TACOS
            Then go to Taco Bell, asscake.

            Why are the Russians suddenly a problem?" -Bgats


            • #7
              This is the 4th game in 5 days... I'm not too optimistic that they currently have anything left in the tank.. But they have 4 consecutive days off next week... Great schedule makers... :rolleyes:

              Why are the Russians suddenly a problem?" -Bgats


              • #8
                why is that with Pronger? I've noticed it too, the closer to the playoffs

                every year, the more stupid penalties he takes. Or is it that the refs

                are looking at him more??


                • #9
                  Pronger has been much better this year at not taking the bad penalties. Then again, we get to watch Khavanov do it, so it evens out. The refs are just shit, not just against the Blues, but everyone. The officiating has been getting progressively worse the last 3 seasons. Same in all pro sports. Not sure what's going on.


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by mellanby_equals_grit@Mar 17 2004, 03:39 PM
                    This is the 4th game in 5 days... I'm not too optimistic that they currently have anything left in the tank.. But they have 4 consecutive days off next week... Great schedule makers... :rolleyes:
                    Did you hear Federko last night calling tonight's game a gimme?
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                    • #11
                      Is it just me, or are these GDT's getting posted earlier & earlier?

                      I think the Blues might be able to pull this one off. Then again, they totally SUCK when it comes to back-to-back games.

                      Crap. I just changed my mind. Blues lose 2-3.

                      Hopefully Pronger will keep his shite in check and not land *many* penalties.

                      Any know if a cold is going around?
                      "Listen, strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony. "
                      -- Dennis, Monty Python & The Holy Grail


                      • #12
                        I said I would be shocked if they won last night, so I'll just shut up and keep my stupid opinions to myself this time.
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                        • #13
                          Around where? I had the Flu over the weekend, but it's gone now.


                          • #14
                            is the game on t.v. tonight?
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Biff Sticks@Mar 17 2004, 07:40 PM
                              is the game on t.v. tonight?
                              Locally, the game is on Fox Sports Midwest. I'm sure it's on NHL Center Ice as well, but I can't tell you the channel.

                              Mr. G