Player News - Blues

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Defensemen Robert Bortuzzo and Chris Butler and forward Chris Porter will remain healthy scratches Monday night in Vancouver.

Bortuzzo has played in just nine games with the Blues since being traded by the Penguins and has scored a goal and two points. He will sit out for a third straight game. Butler hasn’t suited up since March 22nd versus the Red Wings and has three goals and eight points in 32 games overall this season. Porter had skated in the last two Blues games but will with T.J. Oshie healthy again, he will sit out Monday night. He has a goal and assist this season in 21 games.
Mar 30 - 8:05 PM

Brian Elliott will be between the pipes Monday night against the Canucks.

Elliott has dropped his last three decisions giving up a combined eight goals but still has a stellar 2.18 goals-against-average and .920 save percentage in 43 games played this season. He is coming off a rough start where he gave up three goals on 16 shots to the Blue Jackets but he has fared very well in 11 career starts versus the Canucks, posting a 2.08 GAA and .924 save percentage. So maybe this start will get Elliott back to his winning ways.
Mar 30 - 5:04 PM

Olli Jokinen will be in the Blues lineup Monday night versus the Canucks.

With Alexander Steen (lower body injury) unable to play Monday, Jokinen will dress and play on a line with David Backes and T.J. Oshie for Monday’s game. Jokinen has been a healthy scratch for the last two Blues games and has scored just three goals and four assists in 57 games played this year. He is no longer a reliable fantasy commodity and should be left on the waiver wire for the remainder of this season.
Mar 30 - 5:02 PM

Kevin Shattenkirk didn't get on the scoresheet in his return to the lineup on Saturday, but he logged 21:34 of ice time and registered four shots on goal.

"I felt all right," Shattenkirk said. "It's a work in progress. Early on, it was a little panicky, just trying to get used to the speed of the game and making plays quickly. From that moment on, it was just trying not to overextend myself." As expected, he logged plenty of time on the power play (6:47) after missing 25 games with an abdominal injury. Defensemen don't have to move around a lot on the man advantage. Shattenkirk felt his timing was off, but that should return in time for the playoffs.
Mar 30 - 1:53 PM

T.J. Oshie (illness) will be back in the lineup on Monday.

He sat out Saturday's match because he wasn't feeling well. Oshie has produced 19 goals and 51 points in 66 games this season.
Mar 30 - 12:09 PM

Alexander Steen (lower body) won't play Monday night against Vancouver.

He suffered a lower-body injury on Saturday and left the game after seeing just four shifts. Steen has 24 goals and 62 points in 73 matches this season. Olli Jokinen will be in the lineup instead.
Mar 30 - 12:04 PM

Vladimir Tarasenko scored a goal in St. Louis' 4-2 loss to Columbus on Saturday night.

Tarasenko's power play goal at the 14:44 mark of the second period tied the game at two. It was an up and down game for Tarasenko who also finished with a minus-3 rating. The 23-year-old now has 36 goals and 71 points in 75 games this season. It's a nice breakout season for the young sniper who has established himself as one of the best forwards in the league.
Mar 29 - 11:32 AM

Alexander Steen suffered a lower-body injury Saturday night.

Steen played 3:04 before departing in the first period after he collided knee-on-knee with Cody Goloubef. He had two shots on goal. Steen has enjoyed another fine season, with 24 goals and 62 points, which is tied for his career high.
Mar 28 - 11:21 PM

Patrik Berglund registered a goal and an assist in the Blues’ 4-2 loss to the Blue Jackets on Saturday night.

Berglund scored 52 seconds into the second period and he assisted on Vladimir Tarasenko’s power-play goal later on in the frame. Berglund’s two-point night snapped an 11-game pointless streak. Tarasenko, who finished a minus-three, has 36 goals.
Mar 28 - 10:45 PM

Brian Elliott had a lousy night in net, giving up three goals in the 4-2 loss to the Blue Jackets on Saturday.

He faced only 16 shots. Elliott has allowed seven goals over his past two games and he’s been very hot and cold lately. It would not be surprising to see Jake Allen get the start Monday at the Canucks. Allen has a 2.18 goals-against average and .920 save percentage this season.
Mar 28 - 10:44 PM

After being a healthy scratch last Tuesday, forward Dmitrij Jaskin will be back in the St. Louis lineup when the Blues entertain the Columbus Blue Jackets Saturday night.

Jaskin has been in a slump, with no points in the past 10 games. He was scratched Tuesday for the first time since Jan. 17. He'll be back Saturday on a line with Paul Stastny and Patrik Berglund. On the season, Jaskin has 11 goals and four assists in 46 games.
Mar 28 - 5:38 PM

T.J. Oshie missed Saturday morning's practice due to illness but he is expected to play Saturday night against Columbus.

Just in case you were worried when you heard he did not participate in scrimmages. Keep Oshie active.
Mar 28 - 1:37 PM

Updating an earlier item, Brian Elliott will indeed get the start Saturday against the Blue Jackets.

He is having a very quiet but excellent season with a 24-12-3 record and a 2.16 GAA and .921 SP. Elliott owns Columbus with a 6-1-1 career record so our advice would be to make sure you activate him before Saturday night's contest.
Mar 28 - 1:34 PM

Brian Elliott will get the start against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night.

Elliott comes in with a 24-12-3 record, a .921 save percentage, and a 2.16 GAA to go along with his five shutouts. He also owns 25 Quality Starts against six Really Bad Starts. In eight career starts versus Columbus, Elliot is 6-1-1 with 18 goals against on 198 combined shots.
Mar 27 - 10:26 PM

Carl Gunnarsson (upper body) will rejoin the Blues on Saturday.

Gunnarsson missed two games due to the ailment. He has two goals and 12 points in 55 contests in 2014-15. Look for him to be paired with Alex Pietrangelo.
Mar 27 - 1:13 PM

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