Player News - Blues

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Brian Elliott will play between the pipes in Game 6 on Wednesday.

The Blues started Jake Allen in the last two games, but they're switching things up again after Allen allowed four goals on 25 shots Monday night. Elliott has a 2.34 GAA and .925 save percentage in 17 starts in the 2016 playoffs.
May 24 - 5:18 PM

Troy Brouwer netted a goal in the Blues' 6-3 loss to San Jose Monday night.

Brouwer has eight goals and and 13 points in 19 postseason contests. Three of those eight goals have come in his last two games.
May 24 - 10:17 AM

Jaden Schwartz netted a goal in St. Louis' 6-3 loss to San Jose in Game 5 on Monday.

This was Schwartz's first goal of the Eastern Conference Final, although he did have two assists in the series going into Monday's contest. All-in-all, he has four markers and 14 points in 19 playoff contests.
May 24 - 10:16 AM

St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen played well in his first start of the postseason Saturday night but he wasn't especially sharp in a 6-3 loss to the visiting San Jose Sharks Monday night.

Allen made 31 saves in a 6-3 victory over the Sharks in Game 5. Monday, in Game 6, he made only 21 saves on 25 shots. The Sharks are now ahead 3-2 in the Western Conference Final and can win the series Wednesday night in San Jose. There's no guarantee Allen will start that game. The Blues may choose to go back to Brian Elliott, who played mostly outstanding hockey in his starts for St. Louis this postseason. With the loss Monday, Allen fell to 1-1 in the postseason. His goals-against average is 2.49 and his save percentage is .897.
May 23 - 11:49 PM

Blues forward Robby Fabbri scored one of the St. Louis goals in a 6-3 loss to the visiting San Jose Sharks in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final Monday night.

Fabbri left Saturday's Game 4 win over the Sharks because of a lower-body injury and was listed as questionable for Monday's game. He wound up with his fourth goal of the postseason on a power play, giving the Blues a 3-2 lead at 11:59 of the second period. Jaden Schwartz tied the game at 1-1 with his fourth goal of the playoffs at 7:04 of the first period. Troy Brouwer made it 2-1 when he batted the puck into the net out of the air at 15:09 of the first. Brouwer's goal was his eighth of the postseason.
May 23 - 11:36 PM

Left winger Robby Fabbri is in the St. Louis Blues' lineup for their game Monday night against the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference Final.

There were some suggestions that Fabbri, David Backes or both would have to sit out this one because of lower-body and upper-body injuries, respectively. But both are in and looked fine in the Blues' pregame warmups.
May 23 - 8:11 PM

Forward Scottie Upshall, as he said earlier Monday, isn't in the Blues' lineup for Game 5 of their Western Conference Final series against the San Jose Sharks.

Upshall is out with an upper-body injury.
May 23 - 8:07 PM

St. Louis star David Backes, who was questionable for Game 5 of the Western Conference Final Monday night because of an upper-body ailment, is indeed in the Blues' lineup against the San Jose Sharks.

Ditto for Blues forward Robby Fabbri, who was dealing with a lower-body injury.
May 23 - 8:05 PM

It looks as though forward Steve Ott will be a healthy scratch for the St. Louis Blues in Game 5 of their Western Conference Final series against the San Jose Sharks Monday night.

Ott was sitting out of the rushes while David Backes (upper body) and Robby Fabbri (lower body) were skating in the Blues' pregame warmup.
May 23 - 7:47 PM

David Backes (upper body) is skating in the St. Louis Blues' warmup, just as St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said this morning he would.

Robby Fabbri (lower body) is warming up, as well. ESPN hockey insider Pierre LeBrun is saying he would bet both Backes and Fabbri will play in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final against San Jose.
May 23 - 7:43 PM

Carl Gunnarsson got into a rare fight in the closing minutes of Game 4 on Saturday.

He had his first NHL fight earlier this season against Ottawa when he dropped the gloves with Max McCormick. on Saturday, he fought with Brenden Dillon even though he never got his left glove off in the scrum. Gunnarsson has contributed two assists and a plus-5 rating in 17 games this postseason.
May 23 - 2:18 PM

Vladimir Tarasenko is still looking for his first point of the Western Conference Final.

The Blues have been blanked two times by the San Jose Sharks in the series, but Tarasenko hasn't hit the scoresheet in the games St. Louis has won either. "Sometimes you score, sometimes you don't," Tarasenko said. "You can't score every game. So, at the same time, you need to help your team. You can be a factor. That's what I try to do. I believe it's coming if you just don't think about it." He has generated seven goals and 13 points in 18 postseason games. Tarasenko will try to end his scoring drought in Game 5 on Monday night.
May 23 - 2:06 PM

Steve Ott could be in the lineup for Game 5 on Monday night.

Scottie Upshall was the other extra forward who dressed for the Game 4 warmup, but he has already said that he won't play. That means that at least Robby Fabbri (lower body) or David Backes (upper body) is expected to play. If they are both able to play then Ott will be scratched.

Robby Fabbri (lower body) will participate in Monday's pregame warmup prior to Game 5 versus San Jose.

The Blues will have the same players in the warmup as there were for Game 4 on Saturday and then a decision on who is in the lineup will made afterward. Scottie Upshall said he won't play, so that indicates that Fabbri, David Backes or both of them could be available to play Monday night.
May 23 - 1:15 PM

David Backes (upper body) will take part in Monday's pregame warmup.

However, Blues coach Ken Hitchcock wouldn't say if Backes will play in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final versus San Jose. "We're going to dress the same lineup for warmup that we did the last game," Hitchcock said. "We had two extra forwards in there and one extra (defenseman). No changes, all those players are there. They'll dress for warmup and then we'll run a further evaluation after warmup." Backes played for just 5:34 on Saturday due to an upper-body injury, but he is a possibility to play Monday.
May 23 - 1:12 PM


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