Oshie Eyeing Playoff Return
Blues forward T.J. Oshie was at the rink this morning sporting a full cast following ankle surgery earlier in the week.
Oshie, who hopes to be in a walking boot in a matter of days, told me his goal is to be in the lineup for Game 1 in the first round of the playoffs. He went on to say it’s very realistic that he is back in time. Obviously he’ll need to get back on the ice and see how his ankle responds to getting out there but it appears he could be available as soon as the playoffs begin.
Newcomer Dmitrij Jaskin got his first taste of NHL action Tuesday against Vancouver. It was a tough game to be thrown into the fire and he saw limited action playing on the fourth line. He told me he wore three different jerseys in the game and got to keep one to take home. Adam Cracknell replaces him tonight.
Speaking of Cracknell…
He was told last Tuesday in Nashville that he would be staying for the duration of the season and would not be returning to Peoria.
Andy Murray is also up with the big club as Peoria has just two games remaining and is out of the playoff hunt. With several players sidelined the Blues were pretty thin up front and at the very least Murray gives some protection.
Scott Nichol continues to work his way back from a lower body injury and is nearing a return. He did some stops and starts Thursday morning while ramping up his rehab. It’s safe to say he may not be 100% the rest of the way. Nichol should be available to play before the playoffs begin.
He played through a severe shoulder injury that required surgery a few years back in his final season with San Jose.
The rookie center looks more and more comfortable by the game and will once again be on the third line when the Blues face Phoenix tonight. Good to have his parents Rick and Carol in the house for the next two games.
St. Louis had a season high 25 scoring chances against Vancouver on Tuesday.
I felt Andy McDonald played his best game of the season against Vancouver as he was determined on the puck and got back to playing on the inside. This is the way he’s capable of playing every game and the Blues will need this from him the rest of the way.
David Perron might have had his best game as well. He battled all night long and spent a good portion of the game around the blue paint. You can be sure Perron was sore the next day. The puck will eventually start going in for him if he continues to play the way he did against the Canucks.
Alex Steen has taken his lumps the last three games but is working as hard as any player on the ice. He’s taken his fair share of abuse but also given some back in return. He added some anger in the shot he scored in the shootout.
Hall of Famer Bernie Federko is ok after taking a Roman Polak stick to the back of the head while broadcasting from in-between the benches Tuesday night. He sported a decent sized lump on his head following the game.
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