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Injury-plagued Blues look for second straight win

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.


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