Player News - Blues

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T.J. Oshie (upper body) is questionable to play in Game 2 on Saturday afternoon.

Coach Ken Hitchcock wouldn't confirm Oshie's status, so there's a chance that he could play. He expects Oshie and Patrik Berglund to play by Game 4, though.
Apr 19 - 1:11 PM

Vladimir Tarasenko was excellent during his first game back in St. Louis' lineup in Game 1 on Thursday.

He scored a goal and recorded seven shots in the Blues' 4-3 triple overtime victory versus Chicago. Tarasenko was playing in his first game since Mar. 15 after being sidelined with a hand injury. He's quickly gaining a reputation across the league as a dangerous scoring threat. "He creates a lot with his speed and skill," Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford said. "He does have a really hard shot and a quick release. He's definitely a guy who I'm aware of every time he gets on the ice. I know exactly where he is."
Apr 19 - 12:07 PM

Chris Porter recorded an assist and seven shots in Thursday's triple overtime win against Chicago.

If T.J. Oshie or Patrik Berglund is able to return in Game 2 then there's a chance that Porter or Adam Cracknell could be taken out of the lineup after they both played very well in Game 1.
Apr 19 - 11:58 AM

Adam Cracknell had a goal and five hits in Game 1's triple overtime win over Chicago.

Unfortunately for Cracknell, he could be taken out of the lineup for Game 2 if the Blues are able to get some players back from injury list.
Apr 19 - 11:46 AM

T.J. Oshie (upper body) is doubtful for Game 2 on Saturday.

Oshie has been skating, but still needs to be cleared for contact drills. He had 21 goals and 60 points in 79 games in 2013-14.
Apr 18 - 4:30 PM

Jay Bouwmeester is fine despite missing the second overtime period of the Blues' 4-3 triple overtime win.

Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said Bouwmeester missed the period due to dehydration. Bouwmeester logged 29:16 minutes in the contest.
Apr 18 - 4:13 PM

Even though he played in only three of the Blues' last 25 games of the regular season, Jordan Leopold dressed as St. Louis' sixth defenseman in Game 1 against the Blackhawks Thursday night.

Leopold was injured for much of the season but appears fine right now and will play ahead of both Carlo Colaiacovo and Ian Cole for the time being.
Apr 18 - 1:44 PM

With T.J. Oshie out, St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock started Steve Ott on the top line with David Backes and Alex Steen.

It seemed to work out fine as the Blues defeated the Hawks in overtime and the Backes line was very effective. Look for Ott to continue to play alongside Backes and Steen until Oshie returns.
Apr 18 - 1:41 PM

T.J. Oshie is skating Friday morning with a few players who did not play Thursday night against Chicago.

He has been skating on his own this week as he awaits clearance to participate in contact practices. At least Oshie seems to be getting closer to a return. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Apr 18 - 1:37 PM

Patrick Berglund (upper-body injury) is skating Friday morning.

Of course that doesn't mean he will play Saturday in Game 2 against Chicago, but it is a good sign. Consider Berglund day-to-day for now and check back with Saturday as to whether he will suit up in Game 2.
Apr 18 - 1:34 PM

The St. Louis Blues' 4-3 win over Chicago was the eighth time in history that Game 1 of a first round series went to triple overtime.

The last seven times, the team that took Game 1 ended up claiming the series. Obviously, that's a small sample size and a very unusual scenario, but it's a neat little factoid for Blues fans.
Apr 18 - 12:19 PM

Ryan Miller was excellent in goal for the Blues Thursday night as they outlasted Chicago to earn a 4-3 triple-overtime win in Game 1 of their opening round playoff series.

Miller allowed three goals on 42 shots in the victory, during which he played over 100 grueling minutes. Given how well he performed in this playoff opener, the Blues are certainly happy to have acquired him when they did.
Apr 18 - 12:44 AM

Alexander Steen's goal 26 seconds into the third overtime period gave the Blues a 4-3 win over Chicago in Game 1 of their first round playoff series Thursday night.

Steen knocked a nifty little pass from Steve Ott into the back of the net soon after the third extra frame began and sent the Blues fans home happy. Adam Cracknell, Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz also scored for St. Louis in the thrilling victory. If the rest of the series is as exciting as this game, it could lead to widespread heart attacks for fans of both teams.
Apr 18 - 12:41 AM

Vladimir Sobotka (lower body) will be in the lineup for Game 1 on Thursday night.

He'll center St. Louis' second line against Chicago with Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz as his wingers. Sobotka sat out two games to end the regular season with a lower-body injury.
Apr 17 - 1:47 PM

David Backes (foot) will play Thursday in St. Louis' playoff opener.

He participated in Wednesday's practice after not skating on Tuesday. Backes missed three games to close out the regular season with a foot injury. He'll start out Thursday's contest between Steve Ott and Alexander Steen.
Apr 17 - 1:43 PM


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