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St. Louis Blues
@ Anaheim Ducks

Friday, February 28, 7:00 PM PST
Honda Center, Anaheim, CA

TV: Prime Ticket
Radio: AM 830

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Numbers for Nerds: Our friends over at ExtraSkater.com keep tabs on an advanced statistic known as the goals for percentage. One of the easier ones to calculate, it looks at all the goals one team has scored through the duration of the season, and divides it by all the goals scored in the games they've played (the team's goals + all their allowed goals, if you had to think about that). Obviously, the higher the percentage, the larger the gap between goals for and goals against, and it makes for a good number to judge on a basic scale how well rounded a team is.

The Blues are the #1 team in the league when it comes to goals for percentage at 58.7%. The Ducks, however, are not far behind at all, turning in a percentage of 57.6%, good for third in the NHL. Looking at the statistic in 5-on-5 scenarios, the league's top team posts an impressive 62.4%, almost a full three percent ahead of #2. That leading squad? The Anaheim Ducks.

Team Records:
Ducks: 41-14-5, 87 points, 1st in Pacific Division
Blues: 39-13-6, 84 points, 1st in Central Division
Ducks lead season series 2-0 (5-2, 3-2)

Team Leaders:Ducks: Ryan Getzlaf (29 goals, 38 assists, 67 points), Corey Perry (30-30-60), Nick Bonino (16-24-40)
Blues: Alexander Steen (28-18-46), T.J. Oshie (14-32-46), David Backes (20-22-42), Jaden Schwartz (19-23-42)

Goalies:Ducks: Jonas Hiller (25-9-4, 2.34 GAA, .917 save percentage)
Blues: Brian Elliott (15-4-2, 2.13 GAA, .916 save percentage)

Power Play:
Ducks: 18.1%, 17th in the NHL; Perry leads the team with 7 PP goals, Bonino on his tail with 6
Blues: 21.4%, 5th in the NHL; Backes has 8 goals on the man advantage

Penalty Kill:Ducks: 82.1%, 14th in the NHL; Andrew Cogliano still leading the team in shorties with 2
Blues: 85.4%, 4th in the NHL; Steen and Schwartz split the only 2 shorthanded goals on the team