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Blues at Ducks preview: Will the scoring stay awake?

Don’t expect a replay of Saturday night.

St. Louis Blues v Anaheim Ducks Photo by Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images

Thirteen different members of the St. Louis Blues wound up on the scoresheet Saturday night in their 7-6 win over the San Jose Sharks. Marco Scandella scored his first and his second goal as a member of the Blues, and Zach Sanford, who has had his issues this season, finished the evening with a goal and an assist.

It was a pile-on that thankfully the Blues were more focused on winning than the Sharks were. A thirteen-goal game doesn’t happen every night in the NHL. It’s lucky if it happens once in a month. You’re not getting six goals out of the Anaheim Ducks, but that doesn’t mean that the Blues’ offense can take a night off.

Anaheim is seventh in the West right now and are four games under .500. They’re also a disappointing 0-4-2 in their last six. Getting a point against the Vegas Golden Knights in their last game was an achievement; tonight they get to deal with a Blues team who have beaten them soundly twice this season. Back on January 30th, the Blues hammered the Ducks 6-1, and the following evening defeated them 4-1. That second game looked like it was going to be a fight from the Ducks, but as the night wore on, the fight went right out of Anaheim. It would be surprising to see them pressure the Blues like the Sharks have done all season, but these Blues are short a significant number of regulars who suited up for the last series. Playing down to the competition tonight would be less than ideal.