The Blues injuries continue to pile up as the club lost T.J. Oshie in the second period of Tuesday’s 4-2 victory over San Jose.
Oshie appears to have suffered a rib injury.
The injury occurred on a relatively innocent play as Oshie went to hit Brent Burns. He immediately fell to the ice in obvious pain. He was able to skate off under his own power. The initial concern was that he injured a shoulder that’s been bothering him.
Oshie was unable to make it to the dressing room as the Blues medical staff attended to him in the runway behind the bench.
The Blues are expected to give an official update later today.
Oshie, who has struggled scoring goals, has been playing hurt the last several games. These are the things players often keep to themselves and especially those who don’t look for excuses.
Oshie consistently plays as hard as any player in the league and any time missed will be costly for this team. He plays in all situations and brings a level of determination and tenacity unmatched by most.
He was given x-rays after the game.
The Blues thought they might be getting Alex Steen (shoulder) back in time to play last night but both sides made a decision to keep him out for at least one more game.
The team is off today but Steen is expected to skate with Andy McDonald and Vlad Tarasenko who remain sidelined with injuries.
Tarasenko skated for the first time on Saturday but still has not had a practice with the team, unless you count the morning skate on Tuesday.
McDonald has been skating for several days but is still dealing with knee soreness.
Barret Jackman is certainly taking advantage of the opportunity to play with Alex Pietrangelo. He added two more assists Tuesday giving him six points in his last five games. He now has 10 points on the year after putting up 13 each of the last two seasons. He also leads the team with a plus-8 rating.
Jake Allen continues to look comfortable in goal turning aside 39 of the 41 shots he faced. He’s seeing the puck extremely well and continues to show a great glove. The Sharks second goal, scored by Dan Boyle, went off Allen’s glove but he was sharp all night eating pucks up.
Chris Stewart scores two more goals as he continues to lead the team in scoring. He and David Backes show good chemistry and enjoy playing with one another. Backes gave Stewart a great pass off the wall on his first goal.
In the absence of Oshie the lines got shuffled a little bit which led to Backes seeing some time on the wing with Jaden Schwartz centering. This always creates an interesting debate.
San Jose center Joe Thornton talked to his parents early Tuesday morning and they didn’t know the Sharks were in St. Louis. They decided to hop in the RV and drive down from St. Thomas, Ontario.
Alex Pietrangelo chipped a tooth courtesy of a Dan Boyle hi stick.
It’s hard to believe Sharks forward Ryan Clowe still hasn’t scored a goal in 23 games this season.
Jamie Langenbrunner’s rehab from hip surgery is going well. He’s riding the bike and could begin skating in a few weeks.
Throw the Blues in the mix for Western Michigan D-man Dan Dekeyser. Al MacInnis has spent time with the junior D-man who will leave school once his season is over.
The Blues have an interesting decision on their hands with Chris Stewart. How high is his value even with a strong 26 games? Enough to where you’re willing to move him? Could they go the arbitration route and try to squeeze in another one or two years? He’d have a decent arb case after this season but again he’d be a tough player to part with right now. He’s been their best forward this season. I’ll have more on his situation soon.
Blues goaltending coach Corey Hirsch joins me tonight at Johnny Mac’s for Blues Buzz. The show starts at 6:00 and can be heard on 590 the Fan.
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