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Comments published within the last 24 hours by the teams respective coaches is all you need to know about tonight’s game. The Blues coach notes, “”We’re cheating all over the ice,” Hitchcock said. “We’re cheating to get on the offense, we’re cheating to score. We’re cheating each other and we’re cheating the game, and we’re paying the price for it.”
Meanwhile, Ducks Bruce Boudreau was succinct in the media scrum following the game against Dallas last night observing, “We played like crap.”

Hitchcock responded by cancelling practice Friday in favor of video sessions. Time of course is not a luxury for our Ducks who got on a bus, plane and moved on to St. Louis overnight.

Thus far the Ducks and Blues seasons have been remarkably similar. Ducks opened 7-1-1 including a mailed in performance against Colorado Tuesday. The Blues opened 6-1 before losing their last three and being outscored 11-2 by Nashville and Detroit this week.

We’ll get our first look at the exceptionally talented rookie Vladimir Tarasenko. The big RW has begun his NHL career as a point per game player through his first ten games, notching five goals and an equal number of assists. Tarasenko is said to possess deft one on one skills. Another Jagr?

Despite only scoring two goals in their last two games, these Blues sport an impressive PP running along at a 33% efficiency clip.

Brian Elliot is expected to start in goal for St. Louis. Jaroslav Halak (3-0) is mending a tender groin. No word on our Ducks starter as yet. Gabby broke with tradition when he sent Hiller in after Fasth earned a shutout in the previous game. Hiller pulled himself out of the game last night with what is being reported as lower body injury.

This is one game in which fans of each team will be looking intently for signs that their respective team’s rut is turning into a groove.

Note: The Fourth Period blog is reporting:

“Perry’s agents are still set to meet with Murray in Anaheim, agent Mark Guy confirmed to TFP, though he would not get into details as to the matter of discussions.”

This report has set off Gossip Girl speculation that if Pears is not signed he might be moved by the trade deadline. In true Gossip Girl fashion the caveat that Perry could also be moved at the draft is added to most reports.

If Ducks are in the playoffs at the April 3rd trade deadline, it is very unlikely Perry would be moved. What happens afterward is dependent upon whether or not he re-ups with our Ducks.

Ever notice that the speculators always turn out at the first sign of a change in team fortunes? It’s they’re all waiting for the proverbial penny to drop. Except in Canada where that wait could longer given that they’re doing with the penny. But I digress.

Last season: The teams tied in four tilts. Blues outscored the Ducks 16-11 in those 4 games.

Storyline:

The Blues are looking to erase the nightmare of 5-13-3 home record before going12-5-2 at the Scotttrade Center after David Payne took over the coaching duties from Andy Murray.

Ducks rough road continues. After going 14-21-6 last season, Anaheim has opened this season with 2 consecutive road losses.

The Blues cite their disastrous home record as the reason they missed the playoffs last season.

The Ducks looked to a horrible start in October/November as their reason for missing the 2nd season.

No team can make the playoffs in October. Any team can certainly dig a deep enough hole that missing is a foregone conclusion come Christmas, or the US Thanksgiving and sometimes by Halloween.

For each team, this game features one of six opponents they must have a winning record to make the playoffs. Each team learned last season how quickly you can run out of chances.

For both the Ducks and the Blues this is a must win game.

Roster: Ducks are without Toni Lydman, Andy Sutton, Joffrey Lupul and Jason Jaffray. blues will be without teh services of Cam Janssen, Vladimir Sobotka, Nikita Nikitin.

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