Player News - Blues

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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

Vladimir Tarasenko (hand) will suit up for the Blues on Thursday night against Chicago in their playoff opener.

He was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, here he skated with Vladimir Sobotka and Jaden Schwartz. Tarasenko hasn't played since Mar. 15 because of a hand injury, which required surgery to repair.
Apr 17 - 1:04 PM

As expected, Patrik Berglund (upper body) has been ruled out for Thursday's playoff opener against Chicago.

He didn't play in the Blues' last game of the regular season and he isn't ready to return.
Apr 17 - 12:55 PM

T.J. Oshie (upper body) won't play in Game 1 against Chicago on Thursday.

He missed the last two games of the regular season after receiving an illegal check to the head from Minnesota's Michael Rupp. Oshie has been skating with the Blues, but he hasn't been cleared for contact yet.
Apr 17 - 12:50 PM

T.J. Oshie (upper body) hasn't been cleared for contact yet.

Oshie hasn't been ruled out for Game 1 on Thursday, but it would still be a bit surprising if he ends up returning that soon. That being said, the Blues think he'll be back before the end of the first round.
Apr 16 - 12:28 PM

David Backes (foot) didn't skate Tuesday.

Patrik Berglund (upper body) and Vladimir Sobotka (lower body) were also absent from the session. St. Louis hosts Chicago in Game 1 of their opening-round series on Thursday, so the wounded Blues still have some time to get healthy.
Apr 16 - 10:18 AM

Brenden Morrow (foot) didn't want to rule himself out for Game 1 on Thursday.

Morrow was on the ice Tuesday. "I got a couple of days to get a little better," Morrow said. "So I've got to knock the rust off." He had 25 points and 76 penalty minutes in 71 games in 2013-14.
Apr 15 - 3:49 PM


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