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Thu. Apr 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: After serving as a healthy scratch in Game 3, Roy returned to the lineup for Wednesday's Game 4 loss to the Blackhawks, logging 10:43 of ice time.
Impact: Roy was able to muster three shots on goal in the loss, but it appears he's no longer viewed as cornerstone player offensively for the Blues. His 10:43 of ice time was about three minutes less than he averaged during the regular season.
Thu. Apr 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tarasenko found the net for two goals in Wednesday's Game 4 loss to the Blackhawks.
Impact: Coming off a hand injury that cost him the last month of the regular season, Tarasenko has been phenomenal through four games in the series. He's tallied four goals on 15 shot attempts against the Blackhawks.
Thu. Apr 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Miller made 30 saves but allowed four goals -- including Patrick Kane's game-winner in overtime -- in Wednesday's Game 4 loss to the Blackhawks.
Impact: After stopping 23 of 24 shots in Monday's Game 3 loss, Miller wasn't quite as good two days later, as the Blackhawks were ultimately able to tie the series. Despite his inconsistent play for the last month, Miller has a stranglehold on the starting goalie job and will almost certainly be in the net for Game 5.
Wed. Apr 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coach Ken Hitchcock did not elaborate on the status of Backes (head) for Wednesday's Game 4 against the Blackhawks, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: We do know that Backes wasn't on the ice for the team's Wednesday morning skate, so his status for the Blues' evening tilt against Chicago remains cloudy. When asked if Backes might play Wednesday, all Hitchcock would reveal was, "he wasn't available for the pre-game skate."
Wed. Apr 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Backes (head) is listed as a scratch for Wednesday's Game 4 against the Blackhawks, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Impact: Backes missed both Wednesday morning's skate and pregame warmups, suggesting that it would only be a matter of time before this decision was announced. He'll need to continue to show improvement in order to be cleared for Game 5.
Wed. Apr 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Backes is not on the ice for pregame warmups, suggesting that he won't be playing Wednesday night against the Blackhawks, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: This could be a bit of trickery, but all signs are pointing towards Backes missing Game 4 of the series. He also wasn't on the ice for Wednesday's morning skate, further stacking the odds against him.
Wed. Apr 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Morrow (foot) will miss the rest of the Blues' playoff series against the Blackhawks, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: If the series goes the distance, Game 7 would be played on April 29, so Morrow is out at least until then, with his status for the second round of the playoffs (should the Blues advance) cloudy as well.
Wed. Apr 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Backs (head) did not participate in the team's morning skate Wednesday, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: There were rumors that Backes could return for Wednesday's Game 4 in Chicago, but his absence from the morning skate makes that unlikely. It's probably safest not to start him in fantasy leagues unless we hear differently closer to game time.
Tue. Apr 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Backes (head) appears to have made enough improvement over the last few days to have a legitimate chance at playing in Wednesday's Game 4 against the Blackhawks, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Though coach Ken Hitchcock declined to provide an update on his status, Backes appears to have avoided a concussion during the illegal hit he took from the Blackhawks' Brent Seabrook in Game 2. Hitchcock will likely wait and see how Backes looks during Wednesday's morning skate before making a determination on the captain's status for Game 4.
Tue. Apr 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bouwmeester's six shots on goal were a team high in Monday's 2-0 Game 3 loss to Chicago. As per the norm, he was second in ice time with 25:28 behind Alex Pietrangelo.
Impact: Although J-Bouw hasn't recorded a point in his last 12 games, the six shots tied a season high for the rearguard and were his most since March 4, so it's nice to see him getting involved offensively. It's not uncommon to see low-scoring games in the playoffs -- especially against a desperate Blackhawks team down 2-0 in the series playing in front of a rowdy United Center crowd -- so if Bouwmeester keeps throwing this much rubber on net, he should find his name on the scoresheet soon enough.
Mon. Apr 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Miller made 23 saves on 24 shots, but took the loss in Monday's Game 3 contest against the Blackhawks.
Impact: Despite the loss, Miller's played well in the postseason after a bad finish to the regular season.
Mon. Apr 21, 2014 | STATS
News: Backes is out because of an upper-body injury.
Impact: Backes was wiped out by a big hit from Blackhawks defenseman Bren Seabrook in the third period of St. Louis' 4-3 overtime victory Saturday. The captain was helped off the ice and did not return. Seabrook received a five-minute major and game misconduct penalty. He then was suspended for three games by the NHL.
Mon. Apr 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Morrow (foot) will be in the lineup for Monday's Game 3 against the Blackhawks, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Morrow will be back in the lineup after missing Game 2, and should help provide reinforcements with captain David Backes sidelined with a head injury. Morrow finished the regular season with 13 goals, 12 assists and 76 PIM in 71 games.
Mon. Apr 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Berglund (upper body) will suit up Monday against the Blackhawks, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: The team will be without David Backes on Monday, so Berglund's return to the Blues' lineup couldn't happen at a better time as they try to open up a 3-0 cushion in their first-round playoff series against the Blackhawks.
Mon. Apr 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Backes (head) won't play Monday against the Blackhawks, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Losing Backes is a big hit to the Blues up front, but on the plus side, the team will welcome Patrik Berglund back to the mix on Monday.
Mon. Apr 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Morrow (foot) was on the ice with his teammates Monday morning, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Morrow was skating on a line with Ryan Reaves and Patrik Berglund and looks poised to return to the Blues' lineup Monday against Chicago after missing Saturday's Game 2.
Mon. Apr 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Backes (head) was not on the ice with his teammates Monday morning, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Though Backes made the trip to Chicago with the Blues, it doesn't look like the forward will be available for Monday night's Game 3.
Sat. Apr 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Oshie (upper body) is participating in pregame warmups and will play in Saturday's Game 2 against the Blackhawks, NHL.com reports.
Impact: Oshie was considered questionable to play heading into Saturday after missing Game 1 with an upper-body injury. He skated prior to the game and will be in the lineup Saturday afternoon.
Sat. Apr 19, 2014 | STATS
News: Morrow is dealing with a foot injury.
Impact: It's uncertain how much playoff time he will miss.
Sat. Apr 19, 2014 | STATS
News: St. Louis rallied Saturday after Chicago's Brent Seabrook received a five-minute major and game misconduct penalty for his hit on Backes that could lead to a suspension for one of Chicago's top defensemen.
Impact: The Blues captain had to be helped off the ice, went straight to the locker room and did not return for the extra period. His future playoff status is uncertain.
Sat. Apr 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Oshie (upper body) returned to action Saturday and logged more than 25 minutes in Game 2. He delivered one hit and one minor penalty, and was minus-1.
Impact: He'll need to step up large now that David Backes is out with an injury. They're going to need him.
Sat. Apr 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Miller made 25 saves in Saturday's 4-3 OT win over Chicago.
Impact: He was a bit shaky late in the second and early in the third, allowing three goals in just a shade over nine minutes. But he was good enough to win and that's all that mattered.
Sat. Apr 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tarasenko scored the tying goal with seven seconds remaining in the third period of Saturday's 4-3 OT win over the Blackhawks. It is his second goal in as many games.
Impact: This guy is super talented and could deliver a 70-point season next year. Unfortunately, his owner thinks that, too, so you'll probably have to overpay for him in keeper formats.
Sat. Apr 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sobotka (lower body) picked up two assists in Saturday's Game 2 win over Chicago.
Impact: He's coming off the best offensive season of his career and could be a solid secondary source of points for your playoff pool.
Sat. Apr 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Shattenkirk had a goal and two assists in Saturday's Game 2 win over Chicago.
Impact: He has four points in two games this postseason and could be an offensive force if the Blues continue to force the Hawks' hand.
Sat. Apr 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jackman scored the game-winning goal in Game 2 on Saturday to give the Blues a 2-0 series lead over the Blackhawks.
Impact: He's not known for his scoring prowess, but he was Johnny on the Spot with a seeing-eye shot through a sea of legs. He only had three goals and 15 points during the regular season.
Sat. Apr 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Speaking after Saturday's Game 2, Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said Backes (head) is "not good," Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Backes took a hard hit to the head from Chicago's Brent Seabrook during Saturday's game, and it was immediately clear that the star center would not be able to return. He had trouble standing up on the ice, displaying obvious symptoms of a head injury or concussion. The early signs for his Game 3 availability are not good, to say the least.
Sat. Apr 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Backes left Saturday's Game 2 after taking a vicious blow to the head from Chicago's Brent Seabrook, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: After crushing Backes with a forearm to the head, Seabrook may have a suspension coming on top of the game misconduct he received. The hit couldn't have looked much worse, as Backes didn't have the puck, and his head smacked against the boards after Seabrook crushed him. Fortunately, Backes was conscious and able to leave the ice under his own power, but he struggled to stand up, according to ESPN Chicago. While this could have been much, much worse, it will still be a major surprise if Backes isn't diagnosed with a concussion.
Sat. Apr 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Morrow (foot) will not play in Saturday's Game 2 against the Blackhawks, NHL.com reports.
Impact: Morrow missed the final three games of the regular season with the foot injury but returned to the lineup for Thursday's Game 1. However, the issue appears to be persisting, as he was a late scratch for Saturday's matinee.
Sat. Apr 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Berglund (upper body) will not play in Saturday's Game 2 against the Blackhawks, NHL.com reports.
Impact: Berglund missed Game 1 with the upper-body injury, and it appears he'll now miss Game 2 as well. The team has not provided a target return date, but it remains possible that he could return to the ice later in the series.
Fri. Apr 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: After gifting the Blackhawks three goals on just seven first-period shots Thursday, Miller was perfect the rest of the way, turning aside the next 35 in a 4-3 triple overtime win in Game 1.
Impact: The nightmarish start by Miller caused panic among the Scottrade Center faithful, but the veteran netminder settled in nicely to prevent a seventh straight Blues loss. He got a little help by Max Lapierre -- who prevented an overtime goal when he covered a gaping net to stone the Blackhawks' Kris Versteeg -- but sometimes you've gotta be good to be lucky. Miller and the Blues should tighten things up even further when Game 2 goes Saturday afternoon.
Fri. Apr 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Berglund (upper body) is doubtful to play in Saturday's Game 2 matinee against the Blackhawks, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: The versatile Swede -- who has played both at center and wing this season -- was also reported as "skating well and taking good shots" in the Blues' brief practice Friday. Fortunately for St. Louis, the absences of Berglund and T.J. Oshie, who also sat out Game 1 with an upper-body injury, were offset by the return of their 21-goal scorer Vladimir Tarasenko, playing in his first game since suffering a broken hand 15 games prior. It appears as though Oshie is closer to returning than Berglund, so while the Blues brass would no doubt like to see him back in action, their forward depth affords them the luxury to take their time with his ailment.
Fri. Apr 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ott spent Game 1 against the Blackhawks on the Blues' top line with captain David Backes and Alex Steen, the team's leading scorer. He was productive in his new role, setting up Steen's game-winner in triple OT and firing three shots on goal.
Impact: Ott, normally a bottom-six guy since arriving in St. Louis 24 games ago near the trade deadline, got the nod to fill in for the injured T.J. Oshie (upper body). The abrasive veteran actually saw the fourth most ice time (30:53) among Blues forwards in the triple OT marathon, and could get another shot with the big boys as Oshie is questionable to play in Game 2 on Saturday. His assist was just his fourth point as a member of the Blues.
Fri. Apr 18, 2014 | STATS
News: Steen scored at 26 seconds of the third overtime to give the St. Louis Blues a 4-3 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on Thursday night.
Impact: Steen beat Corey Crawford off a pair of short passes from Steve Ott and David Backes to cap the longest overtime game in franchise history. Steen has five goals and three assists in 20 career playoff games. He scored three times in the Blues' six contests last season.
Fri. Apr 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Oshie (upper body) is considered questionable for Saturday's Game 2 against the Blackhawks, NHL.com reports.
Impact: Oshie sat out Game 1 but skated Friday morning and the possibility remains that he could return for Game 2. Consider him a game-time call at this point, with a likely announcement regarding his status coming Saturday afternoon.
Fri. Apr 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bouwmeester will play in Game 2 against the Blackhawks on Saturday, NHL.com reports.
Impact: Bouwmeester missed the second overtime period of Thursday's 4-3 win in Game 1. However, he was apparently just dealing with dehydration and all signs point to him taking the ice Saturday.
Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Steen scored 26 seconds into the third overtime of Thursday's Game 1 against Chicago.
Impact: Steen's career year this season -- 33 goals and 62 points in 68 games -- was a big reason for the Blues' success, so it seems only natural that he'd be the one to end a long night at the Scottrade Center.
Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Miller will get the nod for Thursday's Game 1 against the Blackhawks, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports.
Impact: Look for Miller to man the net for the duration of the Blues' postseason run, barring a continuance of his struggles late in the regular season. Miller finished 0-5 with a 3.83 GAA and .856 save percentage in his final five turns, tarnishing what had been a very productive run with the Blues up until that time.
Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Aucoin was reassigned to AHL Chicago on Thursday, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports.
Impact: With the Blues getting many of their injured regulars back for the first game of their playoff series with the Blackhawks beginning Thursday, Aucoin was no longer needed with the parent club. He appeared in the final two games of the regular season for the Blues, going minus-3 with a lone shot on goal.
Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Oshie (upper body) will not play in Thursday's Game 1 against the Blackhawks, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Coach Ken Hitchcock was gracious enough to rule Oshie out following morning skate, rather than waiting until pregame warmups before his unavailability became apparent. Fortunately, the Blues will get right wing Vladimir Tarasenko (broken hand) back into the lineup after he missed the last month, taking away some of the sting of Oshie's absence.
Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Berglund (upper body) will not play in Game 1 of the Blues' first-round series against the Blackhawks, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Berglund hasn't been practicing in full over the last couple days, so he wasn't expected to return right away for Game 1. He can be viewed as day-to-day for the time being, but it wouldn't be overly shocking if he missed further games in the series.
Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jackman (undisclosed) looks like he'll be back in the lineup for Game 1 of the Blues' first-round series with the Blackhawks, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Jackman sat out Sunday's regular season finale with an undisclosed injury, but it appears it was only a minor issue. He'll reclaim his usual spot on the second defensive pairing alongside Kevin Shattenkirk.
Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Morrow (foot) will be in the lineup for Thursday's Game 1 against the Blackhawks, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Coach Ken Hitchcock indicated that the players who saw regular line work at Thursday's morning skate would play in Game 1, meaning that Morrow will check in as the third-line left wing. He missed the last three games of the regular season to finish with 13 goals and 12 assists over 71 contests.
Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coach Ken Hitchcock acknowledged Tarasenko (hand) will play in Thursday's Game 1 against the Blackhawks, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Tarasenko hasn't seen any game action since Mar. 15 after breaking his hand, but after a month-long layoff, the Blues will be counting on him to provide the scoring touch he showed prior to the injury. He'll slot in as the second-line right wing, alongside Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Sobotka. Tarasenko had three goals and six assists in his last eight games before undergoing surgery to repair the broken hand.
Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coach Ken Hitchcock confirmed Sobotka (lower body) would play in Thursday's Game 1 against the Blackhawks, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Hitchcock said the lines he used in morning skate would be the same he'd use for the game, so look for Sobotka to center the second line, with Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko flanking him.
Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coach Ken Hitchcock confirmed after morning skate that Backes (foot) would be in the lineup for Thursday's Game 1 vs. the Blackhawks, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: As expected, Backes will man the top line for the Blues upon completing the morning skate without incident. He missed the final three games of the regular season with the foot injury.
Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Oshie (upper body) stayed on the ice for extra work with the expected healthy scratches at morning skate, a sign he likely won't be available for Thursday's Game 1 against Chicago, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Oshie missed the final two regular season games with the upper-body injury. The Blues enter the postseason with several key players banged up, but with top-line center David Backes looking like he'll slot back in as the top-line center, Oshie could be the team's most high-profile player bound for the press box.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tarasenko (hand) practiced with the team Wednesday, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Tarasenko was a full participant in line rushes, as well as in the power-play drills, so it's looking like he could be in the lineup for Thursday's Game 1 against the Blackhawks. Keep an eye out for confirmation on his status after Thursday's morning skate.
Tue. Apr 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Morrow (foot) skated with the Blues on Tuesday, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: While there were fears that Morrow may have suffered a fractured foot in practice last week, he still hopes to be ready for the team's playoff opener against Chicago on Thursday. "I got a couple of days to get a little better," Morrow said Tuesday. So I've got to knock the rust off and hopefully be ready on Thursday."
Tue. Apr 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tarasenko (hand), who had his cast removed on Monday, skated with the Blues on Tuesday, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: It's unclear when Tarasenko will be able to suit up in a game, but coach Ken Hitchcock did suggest Tuesday that he expects Tarasenko to be available at some point during the team's upcoming series against the Blackhawks, which starts Thursday.
Tue. Apr 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Oshie (upper body) skated on Tuesday, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: When asked Tuesday if he though he would be able to play in Thursday's playoff opener against Chicago, Oshie responded: "I don't know. You've got to see how I am tonight, how I am tomorrow morning. It really is a day-to-day thing. If I can, if medically it's OK and I'm not going to hurt myself worse, or hurt my team, I'll be in." More on Oshie's status as Thursday's Game 1 approaches.
Tue. Apr 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sobotka (lower body) is expected to play in Thursday's Game 1 against the Blackhawks, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Coach Ken Hitchcock isn't tipping his hand on the availability of several injured Blues skaters, but after resting his injury for the final two regular-season contests, it's believed Sobotka will be good to go for the playoffs. We'll likely find out his status for certain during Wednesday's session.
Tue. Apr 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Backes (foot) is expected to be back in the lineup for Game 1 of the Blues' series with the Blackhawks, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Coach Ken Hitchcock declined to relay definitive word on Backes' status for the game, but he's generally expected to be good to go after resting his injury for the last week. The Blues' offense completely vanished at the tail end of the regular season, and they'll need a rejuvenated Backes to get linemates Alexander Steen and T.J. Oshie going again. Backes finished third on the team with 57 points during the regular season.
Tue. Apr 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pietrangelo (undisclosed) is expected to be ready to play when the Blues kick off their first-round series with the Blackhawks on Thursday, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Pietrangelo missed the Blues' final regular-season contest of the season, but it was believed to be for maintenance purposes more than for injury reasons. The defenseman, who finished fifth on the team in scoring this season with 51 points, took part in an optional skate Tuesday and appears in little danger of missing any action against the Blackhawks.
Tue. Apr 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Berglund (upper body) is not expected to play in Game 1 of the Blues' first-round series against the Blackhawks, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Berglund was not on the ice during Tuesday's practice, and while the extent of his injury isn't fully known, it's thought to be serious enough to keep the center out for awhile. Coach Ken Hitchcock would only say that he expects all of his skaters to participate in at least one game of the series, but the ambiguity surrounding Berglund's situation probably makes him one to steer clear of in playoff pools.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Blues reassigned Rattie to AHL Chicago on Sunday.
Impact: Rattie failed to crack the score sheet in two games with the Blues this season, so he'll return to Chicago, where he racked up 29 goals and 17 assists in 69 games.
Apr 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Miller made 18 saves on 21 shots in a loss to the Red Wings on Sunday.
Impact: Miller has been on a bad stretch. He's lost five games in a row, letting in at least three goals in each contest. This is concerning heading into the playoffs, but not really concerning for next season.
Sun. Apr 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Berglund is expected to return for Monday night's Game 3 against Chicago.
Impact: Berglund has missed three games with a shoulder injury. He was injured in the third period of St. Louis' 3-0 loss at Dallas on April 12. Berglund had 14 goals and 18 assists this season.
Sun. Apr 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Pietrangelo has an undisclosed injury.
Impact: Pietrangelo's status is not known for the postseason.
Apr 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sobotka (undisclosed) will miss Sunday's regular-season finale for the Blues.
Impact: Sobotka missed Friday's game with the injury and is out again for Sunday's contest. This could be concerning with regard to his availability for the beginning of the playoffs, but Sobotka being out of Sunday's game isn't surprising, especially because the game holds no meaning in the standings.
Apr 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jackman will be one of eight Blues sitting out Sunday's regular-season finale.
Impact: Jackman played on Saturday, but won't go again on Sunday. It's unclear whether he reinjured himself during Saturday's game or it's just a day off following his return, but the question now becomes whether he will be available for the Blues' first playoff game.
Apr 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Roy (undisclosed) is back in the lineup for the Blues on Sunday.
Impact: Roy missed Friday's contest with an undisclosed injury, so the fact that he's returning Sunday is good news for a team that's sitting eight of its normal starters. The move indicates that he should be fine for the playoffs.
Apr 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Backes (foot) will miss Sunday's regular-season finale, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Backes will join seven fellow teammates out of the lineup on Sunday. This game will be Backes' third straight out of the lineup, so the question becomes whether he'll be ready to go for the first game of the playoffs after a few more days of rest.
Apr 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Oshie will miss Sunday's regular-season finale, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Oshie suffered an upper-body injury Thursday and missed Friday as well. The severity of his injury is unknown, but the Blues probably don't want to chance Oshie's health in a meaningless regular-season finale with the playoffs coming up. The question now is whether will be whether he'll be healthy enough for the start of the postseason.
Apr 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pietrangelo is out of the lineup on Sunday, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: No reason was given for Pietrangelo's abesence from the lineup, so he's likely just receiving a day of rest on Sunday in anticipation of the Blues' playoff run.
Apr 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Berglund (upper body) will miss Sunday's regular-season finale, Jeremy Ruterford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Berglund will join seven others sitting out of Sunday's finale. The Blues have nothing significant to play for in the finale, but the question now becomes whether Berglund will be available for the Blues' first playoff contest.
Apr 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Morrow (foot) will sit out Sunday's regular-season finale, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Considering the foot injury he suffered on Friday and the fact that he was seen in a walking boot, it's no surprise that Morrow will sit out the Blues' last regular-season game. The question now is whether Morrow will be healthy enough to start the Blues' first playoff game.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Miller made 37 saves but took a 3-0 loss Friday against the Stars.
Impact: Miller might have had flashbacks to his Buffalo days in this one, as he was magnificent in limiting the Stars to three goals, only to watch his offense go AWOL. The solid outing can't obscure the fact that Miller has been less than stellar overall lately, dropping four straight outings, with Friday's effort marking his first time he's posted a save percentage above .900 during that stretch.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Berglund left Friday's game against the Stars with an apparent upper-body injury, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports.
Impact: Berglund's injury appeared to be in the shoulder region. The Stars were playing a jayvee lineup to begin with due to injuries to several key players, so Berglund's ailment figures to further test the team's depth. The Blues are sputtering at precisely the wrong time of the season, and will need to get some of their key players like Berglund healthy with the playoffs approaching.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Morrow (foot) was seen in a walking boot Friday, and he underwent some unspecified tests, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Morrow suffered the injury during Thursday's practice and was not able to suit up for games on Thursday or Friday. He hasn't been ruled out for Sunday's regular-season finale, but also doesn't seem likely to play.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | STATS
News: Morrow and T.J. Oshie participated in the St. Louis Blues' optional skate, a positive step for a franchise hit hard by injuries during a late slide in the regular season. Morrow is out with a foot injury.
Impact: Morrow figures to play in the opener.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | STATS
News: Sobotka is out with an undisclosed injury.
Impact: Sobotka's status is not known.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | STATS
News: Roy returned Sunday.
Impact: Roy was out with an undisclosed injury.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | STATS
News: The St. Louis Blues have ruled out forward T.J. Oshie for their playoff opener against the Chicago Blackhawks, but Vladimir Tarasenko is set to return after missing 15 games with a broken thumb.
Impact: Oshie is out with an upper-body injury and coach Ken Hitchcock provided no update after Wednesday's practice.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rattie was recalled from AHL Chicago on Friday, reports Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Impact: Rutherford further noted that Rattie is slated to play on the second line in his NHL debut Friday night. The No. 32 overall pick in 2011, Rattie -- a two-time 100-point man in the WHL -- has compiled an impressive 29 goals and 17 assists in 69 games during his rookie AHL campaign.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Shattenkirk scored his 10th goal of the year Thursday, a power-play tally in a 4-2 loss to Minnesota.
Impact: He was particularly active in this one, tying a season high in shots with seven. This year marks Shattenkirk's first time to double-digit goals in his four-year career, and he now owns career highs in both goals and points (45). The scary thing for the Blues' Western Division foes is that the 25-year-old still hasn't reached his ceiling.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Miller will start in goal Friday against the Stars.
Impact: Miller will look to end his three-game losing streak Friday in Dallas, but the Stars have had his number to this point. In three starts against the Stars this season, Miller has posted an 0-2-1 record, a 3.65 GAA and a .872 save percentage.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Backes (foot) will not play in Friday's game against the Stars.
Impact: Backes will miss his second straight game Friday night, and it seems likely that he will sit out Sunday's regular season finale as well. Backes will have a few days to rest up before the Blues begin postseason play next week.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sobotka will not play Friday due to an unspecified injury, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: It's not clear how Sobotka picked up the injury, but he was able to play Thursday against the Wild, so it likely happened sometime during that game. It remains to be seen if the injury will cost Sobotka any further action beyond Friday's game.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Roy will not play Friday due to an unspecified injury, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: The nature of Roy's injury is uncertain, but he was able to play in Thursday's game against the Wild, so it likely happened sometime during that contest. It remains to be seen if the injury will cost Roy any further action beyond Friday's game.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Oshie (upper body) will not play Friday against the Stars.
Impact: The severity of the injury that knocked Oshie out of Thursday's game is unclear, but the setback will prevent him from playing Friday night. Oshie is considered day-to-day with the setback, so it seems unlikely that it will prevent him from being ready for the beginning of the playoffs.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Morrow suffered a foot injury during Thursday's morning skate, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: The extent of Morrow's injury is uncertain, but he felt soreness while trying to warm up for Thursday's game, and was seen wearing a boot Friday morning. It remains to be seen if the setback will prevent Morrow from playing in Sunday's season finale or any playoff games.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Blues recalled Aucoin from AHL Chicago on Friday, Jeremy Rutherford of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Aucoin has not appeared in an NHL game this season, but the Blues needed to bring him up with David Backes and T.J. Oshie dealing with injuries. Aucoin tallied 11 goals and 29 assists in 60 games with Chicago this season.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Blues recalled Cracknell from AHL Chicago on Friday, Jeremy Rutherford of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Cracknell appeared in 17 games with the Blues earlier this season and tallied two assists. He will provide some depth up front with David Backes and T.J. Oshie dealing with injuries.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Steen assisted on both St. Louis goals in Thursday's loss to the Wild. He took six shots, collected two PIM and went minus-2.
Impact: Both helpers came on special teams -- one on the power play, one shorthanded. Despite going scoreless in his prior two games, Steen's managed nine points in his last seven contests.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Schwartz scored a short-handed goal -- his third shortie of the year and 25th tally of the season -- in Thursday's win over the Wild.
Impact: He also tied his season high with seven shots on goal. Schwartz has slowed down recently -- he has just five points in his last 13 games -- but his body of work this season has been an impressive one.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Miller allowed four goals on only 13 shots in Thursday's loss to Minnesota. He was yanked early in the third period after the Wild's fourth tally.
Impact: It's curious that Miller left the ice about two minutes after Kyle Brodziak's goal made it 4-2, but no injury news has been released. On April 1, Miller notched his first shutout since spring 2012; since then, he's allowed four goals in three consecutive games, turning his unsuspecting fantasy owners into April fools.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Blues coach Ken Hitchock said Oshie (upper body) is day-to-day after exiting Thursday's game against the Wild with an apparent upper-body injury.
Impact: After taking an elbow to the face/head from Minnesota's Mike Rupp, Oshie was clearly shaken up and didn't return to the game, so his day-to-day status comes as good news to fantasy owners and Blues fans alike. With the team sliding and now in danger of falling down the Western Conference standings, the Blues won't necessarily take a cautious approach. That said, the team has just two regular-season games remaining, and the hit on Oshie didn't look good.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Oshie, who exited Thursday's game against the Wild after taking a big hit, will not return to the contest.
Impact: Minnesota's Mike Rupp likely has a suspension coming, after he leveled Oshie with an elbow to the head during the second period of Thursday's game. The Blues are still fighting for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference and to a lesser extent the President's Trophy, but Oshie doesn't seem like a particularly good bet to return before the end of the regular season, given that the team has just two more games remaining after Thursday's. No diagnosis was available during the contest, but news of a concussion would come as no surprise.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coach Ken Hitchcock said Backes (foot) could miss the Blues' final three games of the regular season, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Backes declined to comment on his status after Thursday's morning skate, but he was spotted with a walking boot at the session. He's already been ruled out for Thursday's contest against the Wild. Although Backes' availability for the rest of the regular season remains in doubt, Hitchcock didn't seem overly concerned about his status for the postseason. That should make Backes still worthy of owning in playoff pools.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Backes has a lower-body injury.
Impact: Backes' status for the playoffs is not known.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Backes (foot) will not play Thursday against the Wild, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Backes missed the second half of Tuesday's game after being hit in the foot with a puck, and sat out Wednesday's practice as well. He's still questionable for Friday's game against the Stars, but he won't be available Thursday.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Miller will start Thursday against the Wild, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Miller has had a rough stretch lately with his new team, giving up four goals in three of his last four starts, and losing all three times. He'll look to turn things around Thursday as he makes his 57th start of the season.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Backes (foot) did not practice Wednesday, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Impact: The Blues' captain took a puck off his skate during the second period of Tuesday's loss to the Capitals, and didn't return to the game. There's no update on his status yet, but there's a chance the team could shut him down to try and get him healthy for the playoffs even if the injury isn't that serious.
Fri. Apr 4, 2014 | STATS
News: Elliott stopped 24 shots, and the St. Louis Blues beat the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 on Thursday night for their franchise-record 52nd victory.
Impact: Elliott's shutout string ended at 166 minutes, 33 seconds, but he still moved to 18-5-2 overall and 10-1 at home this season. He was coming off a 1-0 win at Pittsburgh when he had 33 stops.