Anaheim (18-14-4) at St. Louis (14-18-3), 6:00 p.m. EST
ST. LOUIS (Ticker) — The St. Louis Blues have become accustomed
to dealing with injuries. As they try to notch their first
winning streak in over three weeks, they will have to deal with
another season-ending blow.
One night after learning veteran leader Paul Kariya will miss
the remainder of the campaign, the Blues hope to overcome the
Anaheim Ducks on Sunday.
Prior to its 3-2 shootout victory at home over the San Jose
Sharks on Saturday, St. Louis found out Kariya will require
surgery on his left hip, an injury suffered in a 5-2 loss at
Anaheim on November 5.
Kariya, a 34-year-old former member of the Ducks, had recorded
two goals and 13 assists in 11 games.
The Blues, who have won twice in their last nine games, are also
coping with injuries to defenseman Erik Johnson, captain Eric
Brewer, and Andy McDonald.
Goaltender Manny Legace, who has missed time with two separate
injuries of his own, is 11-2-1 with a tie and a 2.06
goals-against average against the Ducks in his career.
Anaheim fell, 4-3, in overtime to the Dallas Stars in a battle
of Pacific Division rivals on Saturday.
Brendan Morrison scored twice, Chris Kunitz also tallied and
Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 34 saves, but the Ducks lost their
third consecutive contest.