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Jake Allen, G12/21/2014 10:43:00 AM
Description: Blues goalie Jake Allen took the loss in overtime Saturday versus San Jose.
Insight: He made 27 saves on 30 shots, and is now 11-3-2 with a 2.49 GAA and .907 save percentage. Allen should continue to hold down the top goaltending spot in St. Louis at least until Brian Elliott returns.
Patrik Berglund, C12/21/2014 10:40:00 AM
Description: St. Louis center Patrik Berglund scored a goal during Saturday's overtime loss to the Sharks.
Insight: He also had two shots on goal and plus-one rating on the night. Berglund now has four goals and 11 points through 32 games. He is not a relevant option.
Vladimir Tarasenko, RW12/16/2014 10:45:00 PM
Description: Blues right winger Vladimir Tarasenko recorded a hat trick on Tuesday.
Insight: Tarasenko scored three different way with the first goal coming on even strength in the middle of the first period, the second on the power play in the middle of the second and an empty-netter late in the third. Tarasenko has 20 goals and 15 assists with a plus-17 rating in 31 games this season.
Jake Allen, GHot12/16/2014 10:41:00 PM
Description: Blues goalie Jake Allen continued his hot streak with another victory on Tuesday.
Insight: Since getting pulled for Martin Brodeur on Dec. 6, Allen has won his last three starts. He stopped 21-of-23 shots against the Kings on Tuesday. Allen is 11-3-1 this season.
Jake Allen, G12/14/2014 10:35:00 AM
Description: Blues goalie Jake Allen had his best game of the month on Saturday.
Insight: Allen has struggled since Brian Elliott went down with an injury and Martin Brodeur joined the team, so it was nice for him to play well in a victory. Allen made 23 saves on 25 shots as the Blues won, 3-2, in overtime.
Kevin Shattenkirk, D12/14/2014 10:30:00 AM
Description: Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk had a goal and an assist on Saturday against the Avalanche.
Insight: Shattenkirk scored a power-play goal to tie the game at one towards the end of the first period. Then in overtime, he assisted T.J. Oshie's game-winning goal as St. Louis won, 3-2. Shattenkirk has four goals, 22 assists and a plus-13 rating in 30 games this season.
T.J. Oshie, RW12/11/2014 10:44:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right wing T.J. Oshie had a productive game during Thursday's win against the Islanders.
Insight: He had a goal, two assists, five shots on goal, and a plus-one rating on the night. Oshie is winding into form and now has 11 points this season.
Alexander Steen, RW12/11/2014 10:43:00 PM
Description: Blues winger Alexander Steen had three points and six shots on goal during Thursday's victory against the Islanders.
Insight: Steen recorded two goals and one assist to cap off his impressive night. He now as seven goals and 19 points through 27 games. He is a solid option.
Jake Allen, G12/10/2014 3:38:00 PM
Description: Blues goalie Jake Allen will start on Thursday against the Islanders.
Insight: Martin Brodeur has won the past two games for the Blues, including the last matchup with the Islanders where Allen allowed three goals in the first period. Allen will be looking to rebound Wednesday.
Jaden Schwartz, LW12/8/2014 10:42:00 PM
Description: Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz had an assist in the victory over the Panthers.
Insight: Schwartz was also plus-two with three shots on net. He has nine goals, 15 assists and a plus-nine rating in 28 games this season.
Martin Brodeur, G12/8/2014 10:38:00 PM
Description: Blues goaltender Martin Brodeur won his second game in his new home on Monday.
Insight: Brodeur stopped 32-of-34 shots to improve to 2-0-0 this season. Since Jake Allen has struggled so much since Brian Elliott went down with his injury, don't be surprised if Brodeur continues to see playing time.
Paul Stastny, C12/6/2014 3:58:00 PM
Description: Blues center Paul Stastny led a ferocious comeback on Saturday as St. Louis defeated the Islanders in New York, 6-4.
Insight: After falling behind 3-0 and switching goalies, the Blues scored three straight goals, including two on the power play to tie the game at three. Stastney scored the first goal on the man advantage on passes from Kevin Shattenkirk and David Backes. New York retook the lead on John Tavares' score, but T.J. Oshie answered for St. Louis. Stastney then scored his fifth goal of the season, which proved to be the game-winner.
Martin Brodeur, G12/6/2014 3:53:00 PM
Description: Backup goaltender Martin Brodeur replaced a rattled Jake Allen after the first period and led the Blues to victory on Saturday.
Insight: Brodeur added to one more victory to his win total, 689, which is already the most all-time. After Allen allowed three goals on 12 shots in the first period, Brodeur yielded just one goal on 15 shots the last two periods. It also helped St. Louis scored six goals over the final 40 minutes. Things are starting to get interesting in net for the Blues.
Jake Allen, G12/6/2014 2:31:00 PM
Description: Blues goalie Jake Allen had another bad start and this time, the Blues replaced him with Martin Brodeur at the beginning of the second period.
Insight: Allen has allowed seven goals in four periods since the Blues signed Brodeur. The future Hall-of-Famer is worth adding in deep leagues although his value is only for the short-term at the moment.
Brian Elliott, G12/6/2014 1:45:00 PM
Description: Blues goalie Brian Elliott is not close to returning from his lower-body injury according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Blues coach Ken Hitchcock told reporters it will be "awhile" before Elliott returns. The goaltender skated a few days ago and felt very sore afterwards. Jake Allen will continue to be the starter with Martin Brodeur as his backup.
Vladimir Tarasenko, RW12/4/2014 10:48:00 PM
Description: Blues right winger Vladimir Tarasenko scored two more goals on Thursday to continue his hot 2014-2015 season.
Insight: Tarasenko scored two even-strength goals for his 15th and 16th goals of the season. He also had 12 assists this season. Tarasenko has 28 points in 26 games.
Jake Allen, G12/3/2014 10:45:00 PM
Description: Blues goalie Jake Allen had a terrible third period, allowing three goals as St. Louis lost to Chicago, 4-1.
Insight: The game was tied 1-1 between the two Central Division rivals going into the third period. However, Allen and the Blues allowed three goals in the first six minutes, including two to Patrick Kane. Allen finished with 29 saves on 33 shots in the loss.
Martin Brodeur, G12/2/2014 1:56:00 PM
Description: Veteran goaltender Martin Brodeur has signed a deal with the St. Louis Blues.
Insight: The Blues were in need of goaltending help after Brian Elliott suffered a lower body injury. Brodeur has 688 career wins, 394 losses and a 2.24 GAA. The 42-year-old will backup Jake Allen.
Vladimir Tarasenko, RW11/30/2014 10:04:00 AM
Description: Blues right winger Vladimir Tarasenko continued his hot 2014-2015 season.
Insight: Tarasenko scored his 14th goal of the season versus the Wild on Saturday. He has 26 points in 24 games and is second in the league with a plus-17 rating.
David Backes, C11/30/2014 10:00:00 AM
Description: Blues center David Backes scored in the third period to tie Saturday night's game against the Wild, and St. Louis won it in a shootout, 3-2.
Insight: The score was Backes' seventh of the season and came off a pass from Patrik Berglund. Backes has four assists and a minus-one rating to go with his seven goals this season.
Alex Pietrangelo, D11/28/2014 10:56:00 PM
Description: Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo had a huge night for leagues that count shots on goal.
Insight: Pietrangelo led the Blues with 10 shots on net Friday versus the Oilers. The next closest teammate had five shots. Pietrangelo scored and had an assist as well. Overall, however, he has been disappointing with just two goals and 11 assists in the first 23 games this season.
Vladimir Tarasenko, RW11/28/2014 10:52:00 PM
Description: Blues right winger Vladimir Tarasenko scored his 13th goal of the season Friday to win in overtime versus the Oilers.
Insight: Tarasenko deked the Oilers defender at the blue line and sniped a shot past Ben Scrivens for the game-winner with 40 seconds left in overtime. Tarasenko also had an assist and now has 13 goals and 12 assists in 23 games.
Alexander Steen, RW11/26/2014 9:39:00 AM
Description: Blues winger Alexander Steen scored his fifth goal of the season on Tuesday.
Insight: Steen extended the Blues lead to 2-0 when he scored on the power play in the middle of the second period. St. Louis, however, blew the lead after starting goalie Brian Elliott left with a lower-body injury. Ottawa won, 3-2, in a shootout. Steen has 10 assists to go with his five scores.
Brian Elliott, G11/26/2014 9:36:00 AM
Description: Blues goalie Brian Elliott left Tuesday's game with a lower-body injury and did not return.
Insight: There are no reports yet how serious the injury is. Check back for more updates, but in the meantime, Jake Allen is a must-own goalie.
Jake Allen, G11/26/2014 9:34:00 AM
Description: Blues goalie Jake Allen had a bad game in relief of starter Brian Elliott.
Insight: Allen replaced Elliott, who suffered a lower-body injury, and allowed two third-period goals as the Senators cameback and won in a shootout, 3-2. Allen stopped just 15-of-17 shots. After posting back-to-back shutouts, Allen has a save percentage of .891 in his last five games. Despite his hot streaking officially ending, Allen is a must-own until fantasy owners know the seriousness of Elliott's injury.
Brian Elliott, G11/22/2014 5:46:00 PM
Description: Blues goalie Brian Elliott picked up a victory Saturday against Ottawa.
Insight: He stopped 24-of-26 shots on goal, and improved his record to 8-4-1 on the season. Elliott has been great for owners.
Vladimir Tarasenko, RW11/22/2014 5:43:00 PM
Description: Blues right winger Vladimir Tarasenko scored another goal in Saturday's win over the Senators.
Insight: It was his 12th of the season, and Tarasenko also had six shots on goal. He now has 23 points and is +15 through 20 games.
Alex Pietrangelo, D11/22/2014 4:05:00 PM
Description: Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo is off to a really poor start.
Insight: The season is nearly a quarter of th way done, and Pietrangelo has just seven points after scoring 51 in 81 games last season. He is also minus-five after posting a plus-20 rating a season ago. Hopefully he can turn it around starting Saturday.
Vladimir Tarasenko, RW11/20/2014 10:08:00 PM
Description: Blues right winger Vladimir Tarasenko scored his 11th goal of the season on Thursday.
Insight: Tarasenko has been tremendous to start this season. He has 11 goals and 11 assists through 19 games. Tarasenko scored the first goal of the game against the Canadiens on Thursday, but the Blues lost, 4-1.
Brian Elliott, G11/18/2014 9:44:00 PM
Description: Blues goalie Brian Elliott was not very busy during Tuesday's loss to the Bruins.
Insight: He made 15 saves on 17 shots on goal, but dropped his record to 7-4-1 on the season.
Jaden Schwartz, LW11/16/2014 10:15:00 AM
Description: Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz scored a goal and assist on Saturday.
Insight: Schwartz had five shots on goal and finished with a plus-one rating against the Capitals. He has seven goals and 11 assists this season.
Brian Elliott, G11/16/2014 10:11:00 AM
Description: Blues goalie Brian Elliott stopped every shot but one to beat Washington, 4-1.
Insight: Elliott stopped 24-of-25 shots to record a .960 save percentage. Elliott is 7-3-1 with a 1.87 GAA and .930 save percentage this season.
T.J. Oshie, RW11/13/2014 10:53:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right wing T.J. Oshie scored his first goal of the season.
Insight: It was his first game back from a concussion, and now Oshie has finally lit the lamp. Look for this to get him going.
T.J. Oshie, RW11/13/2014 3:56:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right wing T.J. Oshie (concussion) has been activated from the injured reserve.
Insight: Oshie will have missed seven games. Although he's started slowly, make sure he's back in your lineup. He's scored just one point in eight games, but posted 60 last season.
Jake Allen, GHot11/12/2014 3:23:00 PM
Description: Blues goalie Jake Allen wil start on Thursday against the Predators.
Insight: Allen is on some hot streak. He has won his last three starts and four of his last five, including two shutouts over that span. Allen has a .944 save percentage and 1.40 GAA.
Brian Elliott, G11/11/2014 11:03:00 PM
Description: Blues goalie Brian Elliott saved 28-of-29 shots against the Sabres on Tuesday.
Insight: Elliott is now 6-3-1 on the season. He posted a .966 save percentage versus Buffalo.
Joakim Lindstrom, C11/11/2014 11:01:00 PM
Description: Blues Joakim Lindstrom scored two power-play goals as St. Louis tacked on three late goals and beat the Sabres, 6-1.
Insight: St. Louis led Buffalo, 3-1, for most of the third period, but the Blues scored three power-play goals inside of three minutes to play. Lindstrom scored two of them. He now has three goals this season.
Jori Lehtera, C11/11/2014 10:57:00 PM
Description: Blues center Jori Lehtera recorded a hat trick on Tuesday against the Sabres.
Insight: Lehtera scored on 3-of-his-5 shots and was plus-three. He has five goals and eight assists this season.
Brian Elliott, G11/11/2014 6:14:00 PM
Description: Blues goalie Brian Elliott will start against the Sabres on Tuesday.
Insight: He made 33 saves in his last start but lost to Nashville on Saturday. This game is a golden opportunity for Elliott owners to pick up a goalie victory. Owners of Jake Allen are likely upset he is not getting the spot start for this game. Against the worst team in the league, Elliott must be in every lineup.
Jori Lehtera, C11/9/2014 10:52:00 AM
Description: Blues center Jori Lehtera scored the team's lone goal in a loss to Nashville.
Insight: He has gotten off to a solid start, and now has 11 points in 13 games, and is +7 overall.
Brian Elliott, G11/8/2014 10:39:00 PM
Description: Blues goalie Brian Elliott played well in Saturday's loss to Nashville.
Insight: He stopped 33-of-35 shots on goal, but fell to 5-3-1 on the season.
Vladimir Tarasenko, RW11/6/2014 10:48:00 PM
Description: Blues right winger Vladimir Tarasenko scored his ninth goal of the season on Thursday.
Insight: Tarasenko had a goal and an assist while posting a plus-two rating. Tarasenko has been one of the biggest surprises this season with 16 points in 13 games.
Jake Allen, G11/6/2014 10:41:00 PM
Description: Blues goalie Jake Allen was less than five minutes from his third straight shutout when the game began to turn on him.
Insight: St. Louis led, 3-0, when Michael Ryder scored for New Jersey to make the lead, 3-1. David Backes scored, and the game appeared to be over with a three-goal lead and under three minutes to go. New Jersey scored two more times to make things interesting, but Allen won his fourth game of the season. He made 24 saves in the game.
Jake Allen, G11/4/2014 10:24:00 PM
Description: Blues goalie Jake Allen earned his second shutout of the season on Tuesday.
Insight: He beat New Jersey 1-0, stopping all 26 shots, and if Allen continues to play like this, he will give Brian Elliott a rest more often.
Vladimir Tarasenko, RW11/4/2014 10:23:00 PM
Description: Blues right winger Vladimir Tarasenko scored the game-winner in Tuesday's win over the Devils.
Insight: The Blues won 1-0 and Tarasenko has seemingly turned into a star after his ridiculous goal on Saturday night. He now has eight goals and 14 points on the season.
Brian Elliott, G11/3/2014 10:03:00 PM
Description: Blues goalie Brian Elliott earned the victory, Monday against the Rangers.
Insight: He stopped 36-of-39 shots, in a shootout win, and is now 5-2-1 on the season. Elliott is a solid option in net, moving forward.
Vladimir Tarasenko, RW11/3/2014 10:01:00 PM
Description: Blues right winger Vladimir Tarasenko notched two points in Monday's shootout win aganst the Rangers.
Insight: He had a goal and an assist, and now has 13 points on the season. Tarasenko is on pace for a career-high.
Paul Stastny, C11/3/2014 10:43:00 AM
Description: Blues center Paul Stastny (shoulder) skated with the team Sunday and did make the trip with the team to New York.
Insight: He hasn't taken any hits yet, so we feel he isn't likely to go Monday night, but could return this week. Stastny, a free agent acquisition this summer, has four points in four games this season. He totaled 60 points in 71 games last season for Colorado and is a force when healthy.
T.J. Oshie, RW11/3/2014 10:41:00 AM
Description: St. Louis right wing T.J. Oshie (concussion) has yet to start skating with his teammates.
Insight: Oshie could return in about a week, but with concussion there is no real timetable. He blossomed into a star last season with 60 points in 79 games and a great Olympics display.
Vladimir Tarasenko, RW11/2/2014 10:58:00 AM
Description: Blues right winger Vladimir Tarasenko scored two goals in Saturday's, 3-2, victory over the Avalanche.
Insight: Tarasenko now has six goals on the season. He was plus-two in the game. Tarasenko did not convert his shootout attempt, but Joakim Lindstrom did and St. Louis goalie Brian Elliot did not allow a shootout goal.
Jake Allen, G10/30/2014 10:33:00 PM
Description: Blues goalie Jake Allen pitched a shutout during his third start of the season, against the Ducks.
Insight: It was a nice outing for Allen, who stopped all 24 shots he faced, giving St. Louis reason to possibly give him the nod next time out.
Vladimir Tarasenko, RW10/29/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Blues right winger Vladimir Tarasenko scored the game-winning goal on the power play on Tuesday against the Stars.
Insight: Stars forward Tyler Seguin took a penalty just 14 seconds into overtime to send St. Louis to the man advantage.Tarasenko scored on a pass from Kevin Shattenkirk and Alex Pietrangelo for the game-winner. Tarasenko finished the game with a hat trick.
Vladimir Tarasenko, RW10/28/2014 5:46:00 PM
Description: Blues right winger Vladimir Tarasenko is available for Tuesday's game.
Insight: Tarasenko was considered questionale with an illness, but he stil good to go. He has a goal and four assists in seven games this season.
Brian Elliott, G10/28/2014 5:42:00 PM
Description: Blues goalie Brian Elliott will start between the pipes on Tuesday.
Insight: Elliott has been great in net this season, posting a 1.78 GAA and a .922 save percentage, but he is just 2-2-1.
Brian Elliott, G10/25/2014 10:54:00 PM
Description: Blues goalie Brian Elliott picked up only his second win of the season, Saturday versus Chicago.
Insight: He made 25 saves in a -2 victory. Elliott is now 2-2-1, amd fantasy owners are praying this gets the Blues' netminder going.
Jaden Schwartz, LW10/25/2014 10:52:00 PM
Description: Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz scored his fifth goal of the season.
Insight: After recording a hat trick three games ago, Schwartz was able to light the lamp again. He now has eight points, and has been a nice find for fantasy owners, across the country.
Jaden Schwartz, LW10/25/2014 2:44:00 PM
Description: Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz will start at left wing on the top line with David Backes and T.J. Oshie on Saturday against the Blackhawks.
Insight: Schwartz and Alexander Steen are basically flip flopping spots. Steen will skate on the second line with Jori Lehtera and Vladimir Tarasenko. The loser is Steve Ott, who was a top-six forward earlier in the week, but will be on the fourth line Saturday.
Kevin Shattenkirk, D10/23/2014 10:42:00 PM
Description: Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk scored his first goal of the season in Thursday's loss against the Canucks.
Insight: Shattenkirk scored on the power play to tie the game at the 7:38 mark of the second period. It was the only goal of the game for the Blues.
Paul Stastny, C10/23/2014 12:33:00 PM
Description: Blues center Paul Stastny suffered a shoulder injury last Saturday and has been placed on the injured reserve list.
Insight: Stastny suffered the injury on a hit from Martin Hanzal just 31 seconds into the game. Stastny, a free agent acquisition this summer, has four points in four games this season. he totaled 60 points in 71 games last season for Colorado and is a force when healthy.
Jaden Schwartz, LW10/19/2014 10:16:00 AM
Description: Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz scored a hat trick on Saturday against the Coyotes as St. Louis routed Arizona, 6-1.
Insight: Schwartz scored a power-play goal about halfway through the second period, an even-strength goal in the first minute of the third period and then another power-play goal with seconds remaining. Schwartz had four points in the game and now has seven on the season.
Paul Stastny, C10/18/2014 10:48:00 PM
Description: Blues center Paul Stastny suffered an upper body injury and will not return on Saturday according to the team's twitter.
Insight: Stastny suffered the injury on a hit from Martin Hanzal just 31 seconds into the game. Stastny, a free agent acquisition this summer, has a goal and three assists this season.
Jake Allen, G10/18/2014 1:59:00 PM
Description: Blues goalie Jake Allen will get his first start of the season against Arizona on Saturday night.
Insight: This is just a start to keep Allen fresh. Goalie Brian Elliot is in no danger of losing his starting gig.
Roman Polak, D10/14/2014 8:10:00 PM
Description: Maple Leafs defenseman Roman Polak left Tuesday's game against the Avalanche after blocking a shot with his arm.
Insight: There is no further update on how serious the injury is. Polak was definitely in pain as he skated off the ice. Check back for more updates.
Kevin Shattenkirk, D10/12/2014 12:25:00 AM
Description: St. Louis defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk posted three assists on Saturday night, his first points of the season.
Insight: Shattenkirk had a career-high 45 points in 81 games last season, so we certainly hope this is just the start after being shut out in the opener.
Brian Elliott, G10/12/2014 12:23:00 AM
Description: Blues goalie Brian Elliott (33 saves) made 23 saves on 24 shots Saturday after a rare poor performance Thursday.
Insight: We have come to expect a lot from Elliott after the past three successful seasons and we're glad to have him playing well after the opener.
Jaden Schwartz, LW10/9/2014 10:51:00 PM
Description: Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz had two points on Thursday against the Rangers.
Insight: After scoring 25 goals last season, Schwartz scored his first in the opener. He also added an assist, had two penalty minutes, but also a -1 rating on the night.
Dmitrij Jaskin, RW10/4/2014 10:40:00 AM
Description: Blues winger Dmitrij Jaskin will open up the season on the second line.
Insight: This will be his first full season with St. Louis, as he has played in 20 games throughout his young career. Keep an eye on the rookie, but for now Jaskin is not fantasy-relevant.
Paul Stastny, C10/4/2014 10:38:00 AM
Description: Blues center Paul Stastny will look to make a good mpression during his first year in St. Louis.
Insight: He is coming off a year where he produced 25 goals and 35 assists. Stastny will center the Blues' second line, and should be able to produce similar numbers. Owners should draft him starting in the middle-to-late rounds.
Jaden Schwartz, LW10/4/2014 10:34:00 AM
Description: Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz could be in line for a breakout season.
Insight: He had a career-high 56 points a year ago, with a +28 rating. Schwartz is definitely a sleeper, that should be targeted towards the end of drafts.
T.J. Oshie, RW10/4/2014 10:31:00 AM
Description: St. Louis right wing T.J. Oshie is coming off a career-year.
Insight: He had 21 goals, 39 assists, and a +19 rating. The USA Olympian should be pushing the 70-point mark in 2014-15, and should be drafted beginning in the sixth or seventh round.
David Backes, C10/4/2014 10:27:00 AM
Description: Blues center David Backes should produce around 50-60 points in 2014-15.
Insight: He had 57 points (27 goals, 30 assists) in 74 games last season, along with a +14 rating and 119 penalty minutes. Backes should be scooped up starting in the fourth or fifth round.
Alexander Steen, RW10/4/2014 10:24:00 AM
Description: Blues winger Alexander Steen is coming off the best season of his career.
Insight: He had 33 goals and 29 assists, to go along with a +17 rating. Steen did that in 68 games, so will have a great opportunity to improve upon those numbers. Target him beginning in the sixth round.
Paul Stastny, C 7/1/2014 8:14:00 PM
Description: Paul Stastny has signed a four-year, $28 million contract with the St. Louis Blues.
Insight: The 28-year-old Stastny had 25 goals and 60 points in 71 games last season and has produced at least 53 points in a season six times, but the Avalanche didn't have to re-sign him with so many young and talented centers in the fold. Whether he centers the top line or skates on the second line, Stastny is going to be playing with some skilled teammates as the Blues have one of the deepest teams in the NHL.
Vladimir Tarasenko, RW4/27/2014 9:36:00 PM
Description: Blues right winger Vladimir Tarasenko scored four goals in St. Louis playoff series loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.
Insight: Tarasenko missed the final month of the regular season due to a fractured hand. The 22-year-old was having a strong second year, scoring 21 goals with 22 assists (43 points) in 64 games. He could be ready to break out in 2014-15.
David Backes, C4/25/2014 8:16:00 PM
Description: Blues center David Backes (head) returned to the lineup for Game 5 of the Western Conference quarterfinals against the Blackhawks Friday night.
Insight: Backes suffered a head injury after taking a brutal illegal hit from Brent Seabrook in Game 2. He had 57 points in the regular season and one point in the first two games of the series.
David Backes, C4/25/2014 1:45:00 PM
Description: Blues center David Backes didn't practice on Thursday or Friday morning and has to be considered doubtful for Friday's Game 5 with Chicago.
Insight: Backes suffered a head injury after taking a brutal hit from Brent Seabrook in Game 2. He totaled 57 points in the regular season, but just one point in the first two games of the series.
Brenden Morrow, LW4/21/2014 7:41:00 PM
Description: Blues left wing Brenden Morrow will return to action Monday against Chicago. SOURCE: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Insight: Morrow sat out Game 2 with a bruised foot. He's only scored three goals since the Olympic Break.
Patrik Berglund, C4/21/2014 7:08:00 PM
Description: St. Louis center Patrik Berglund is active for Monday night's Game 3 against the Blackhawks. SOURCE: Lou Korac, NHL.com
Insight: He's missed the last few games with an upper body injury. In five regular season meetings with Chicago, Berglund registered one goal and two assists to go with a -1 rating.
David Backes, C4/21/2014 7:03:00 PM
Description: The Blues will be without center David Backes Monday against Chicago. SOURCE: Lou Korac, NHL.com
Insight: Backes suffered a head injury after taking a brutal hit from Brent Seabrook in Game 2. We haven't heard the official diagnosis yet but he probably suffered a concussion.
Brenden Morrow, LW4/21/2014 10:53:00 AM
Description: St. Louis left wing Brenden Morrow (bruised foot) is questionable for Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals Monday against Chicago.
Insight: Morrow had just 13 goals and 12 assists in 71 games this season. He went scoreless in Game 1 and missed Game 2.
Patrik Berglund, C4/21/2014 10:51:00 AM
Description: Blues center Patrik Berglund (shoulder) is doubtful for Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals Saturday against Chicago.
Insight: Berglund missed the last game of the regular season and the first two games of the playoffs. He had 14 goals, 18 assists and 144 SOG in 78 games this season.
David Backes, C4/21/2014 10:48:00 AM
Description: St. Louis center David Backes (upper body) left Game 2 of the Blues' series against the Blackhawks in the third period Saturday and is doubtful for Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals Monday against Chicago.
Insight: Backes (27 G, 30 A) was battling for the puck in the left corner behind Chicago's net and turned into a shoulder-first hit to the face from Brent Seabrook. The hit knocked Backes' head into the boards and led to an ejection and three-game suspension for Seabrook.
David Backes, C4/19/2014 6:35:00 PM
Description: St. Louis center David Backes (upper body) left Game 2 of the Blues' series against the Blackhawks in the third period Saturday after getting his head taken off by Brent Seabrook.
Insight: Backes was battling for the puck in the left corner behind Chicago's net and turned into a shoulder-first hit to the face from Seabrook. The hit knocked Backes' head into the boards and led to an ejection for Seabrook.
T.J. Oshie, RW4/19/2014 4:42:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right wing T.J. Oshie wasn't expected to play Saturday versus the Blackhawks, but participated in pregame warmup and should be upgraded to probable.
Insight: Oshie sat out the final two games of the regular season and Thursday's Game 1 with a lower body injury. The 27-year-old has become a star, putting up 21 goals, 39 assist, 152 SOG, 42 PIM and a +19 rating this season.
Patrik Berglund, C4/19/2014 11:20:00 AM
Description: Blues center Patrik Berglund (shoulder) is doubtful for Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals Saturday against Chicago despite skating Friday morning.
Insight: Berglund missed the last game of the regular season and the first game of the playoffs. He had 14 goals, 18 assists and 144 SOG in 78 games this season.
T.J. Oshie, RW4/18/2014 9:26:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right wing T.J. Oshie isn't expected to play Saturday versus the Blackhawks. SOURCE: Dan Rosen, NHL.com
Insight: Oshie sat out Thursday's Game 1 with a lower body injury. The 27-year-old had two points against Chicago during the regular season (five games).
Vladimir Tarasenko, RW4/17/2014 7:02:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right wing Vladimir Tarasenko is good to go for Thursday's playoff opener against Chicago. SOURCE: Lou Korac, NHL.com
Insight: Tarasenko hasn't played since undergoing hand surgery about a month ago. He had four points against the Blackhawks during the regular season (two goals, two assists in three games).
T.J. Oshie, RW4/17/2014 6:58:00 PM
Description: Blues right wing T.J. Oshie won't participate in Thursday night's playoff opener versus the Blackhawks. SOURCE: Andy Strickland, CBS Sports
Insight: He needs more time to recover from an upper body injury. It's unknown what Oshie's status is for Game 2 on Saturday.
T.J. Oshie, C4/16/2014 12:35:00 PM
Description: St. Louis center T.J. Oshie (upper body) hasn't been cleared for contact yet, according to Andy Strickland of Big 550 KTRS.
Insight: Oshie took a high hit last Thursday and is questionable for Game 1 of the postseason on Thursday against the Blackhawks. The 27-year-old had a career-high 21 goals and 60 points in 79 games this season.
Brenden Morrow, LW4/14/2014 7:42:00 PM
Description: St. Louis left wing Brenden Morrow (lower body) isn't expected to play Thursday against the Blackhawks in the Blues' postseason opener, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Morrow last played on April 8. He had just 13 goals and 12 assists in 71 games this season.
Patrik Berglund, C4/14/2014 7:39:00 PM
Description: Blues center Patrik Berglund (upper body) is not expected to play in St. Louis' first postseason game against the Blackhawks Thursday, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Berglund missed the last game of the regular season and could be out more than one playoff game. He had 14 goals, 18 assists and 144 SOG in 78 games this season.
Vladimir Sobotka, C4/14/2014 7:37:00 PM
Description: Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka (lower body) should be back Thursday against the Blackhawks in Game 1 of the playoffs, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Sobotka had a career-high nine goals and 24 assists (33 points) in 61 games this season but missed the last two games of the regular season.
Alex Pietrangelo, D4/14/2014 7:36:00 PM
Description: Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo (undisclosed) is expected to be available for Game 1 of the playoffs Thursday against Chicago.
Insight: Pietrangelo tied a career-high with 51 points (eight goals) in 81 games this season. He sat out the season finale with an undisclosed injury.
T.J. Oshie, C4/14/2014 7:34:00 PM
Description: St. Louis center T.J. Oshie (upper body) should be available for Game 1 of the postseason against the Blackhawks, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Oshie took a high hit on Thursday and is day-to-day. The 27-year-old had a career-high 21 goals and 60 points in 79 games this season.
David Backes, C4/14/2014 7:30:00 PM
Description: St. Louis center David Backes (lower body) is expected to return for Game 1 of the postseason against the Blackhawks, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Backes (27 G, 30 A, 119 PIM, 165 SOG) missed the last three games of the regular season.
Ryan Miller, GCold4/13/2014 10:42:00 PM
Description: Blues goalie Ryan Miller isn't exactly firing on all cylinders as he heads into the postseason.
Insight: Miller gave up 18 goals in his last five starts of the season and lost all five. He ended up going 10-8-1 with a 2.47 GAA and a .903 SV% in 19 starts with the Blues after starting out 7-0-1 following the trade from Buffalo.
Patrik Berglund, C4/13/2014 3:46:00 PM
Description: Blues center Patrik Berglund (rest) didn't play Sunday.
Insight: Berglund was rested, along with many other key players. He had 14 goals, 18 assists and 144 SOG in 78 games this season.
Alex Pietrangelo, D4/13/2014 3:44:00 PM
Description: Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo (rest) missed the last game of the regular season Sunday.
Insight: Pietrangelo tied a career-high with 51 points (eight goals) in 81 games this season.
T.J. Oshie, C4/13/2014 3:43:00 PM
Description: St. Louis center T.J. Oshie (upper body) didn't play in the final game of the regular season Sunday.
Insight: Oshie took a high hit on Thursday and is day-to-day. The 27-year-old had a career-high 21 goals and 60 points in 79 games this season.
Derek Roy, CCold4/11/2014 5:19:00 PM
Description: The Blues will be without Derek Roy (upper body) on Friday against Dallas, according to nhl.com.
Insight: Roy has picked up just one point in his last 19 games.
Brenden Morrow, LW4/11/2014 5:18:00 PM
Description: St. Louis left wing Brenden Morrow (lower body) will sit out Friday, according to nhl.com.
Insight: Morrow has just 13 goals and 12 assists in 71 games this season.
Vladimir Sobotka, C4/11/2014 5:17:00 PM
Description: Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka (lower body) will not play Friday, according to nhl.com.
Insight: Sobotka has a career-high nine goals and 24 assists (33 points) in 61 games this season.
Kevin Shattenkirk, D4/10/2014 10:39:00 PM
Description: St. Louis defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk scored his career-high 10th goal of the season Thursday against the Wild.
Insight: Shattenkirk also has a career-high 45 points in 79 games this season. The Blues have three defensemen with at least 37 points.
Jaden Schwartz, LW4/10/2014 10:37:00 PM
Description: Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz scored his 25th goal of the season Thursday at Minnesota.
Insight: Schwartz has generated a career-high 56 points in 78 games this season. He's fourth on the Blues in points, one behind David Backes, who isn't expected to play again this season.
David Backes, C4/10/2014 6:17:00 PM
Description: St. Louis center David Backes (lower body) may miss the last three games of the regular season, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Backes (27 G, 30 A, 119 PIM, 165 SOG) was hit in the left foot by a shot from teammate Alex Steen on Tuesday and is currently wearing a walking boot. He's definitely out Thursday against the Wild.
David Backes, C4/9/2014 6:16:00 PM
Description: St. Louis center David Backes (lower body) will miss Thursday's game, according to blues.nhl.com.
Insight: Backes (27 G, 30 A, 119 PIM, 165 SOG) suffered a lower-body injury while blocking a shot Tuesday. He could be back Friday.
Alexander Steen, RW4/8/2014 5:07:00 PM
Description: According to nhl.com, Blues winger Alexander Steen (upper body) will return to the lineup Tuesday against the Capitals.
Insight: Steen missed the last three games. He has a career-high 33 goals and 60 points in 64 games this season.
Alexander Steen, RW4/6/2014 12:59:00 PM
Description: Blues winger Alexander Steen (upper body) will not play Sunday, according to Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Steen has a career-high 33 goals and 60 points in 64 games this season.
Barret Jackman, D4/5/2014 11:54:00 AM
Description: Blues defenseman Barret Jackman is probable for Saturday's game against Colorado.
Insight: Jackman has only a little fantasy value with 15 points, 81 PIM and a +15 rating this season.
Alexander Steen, RW4/5/2014 11:51:00 AM
Description: Blues winger Alexander Steen will miss Saturday's game against Colorado, according to Luo Korac of nhl.com.
Insight: He'll likely miss Sunday as well. He's up to 33 goals for the season, along with 27 assists, which is a career-high. Add in a +20 rating and you have a top-tier winger.
Alexander Steen, RW4/3/2014 3:19:00 PM
Description: Blues winger Alexander Steen will miss Thursday's game against Buffalo
Insight: He's up to 33 goals for the season, along with 27 assists, which is a career-high. Add in a +20 rating and you have a top-tier winger. But he'll miss the game with Buffalo. The Blues can win the game without him, but it will be much tougher on fantasy owners.
Alexander Steen, RW3/30/2014 9:31:00 AM
Description: Alexander Steen scored both St. Louis goals Saturday in a loss to Dallas.
Insight: He's up to 33 goals for the season, which is easily a career-high. A late surge could push that total up to 40. No St. Louis player has done that since Brad Boyes in 2008.
T.J. Oshie, CHot3/27/2014 10:55:00 PM
Description: St. Louis center T.J. Oshie had his first career hat trick Thursday against Minnesota.
Insight: It was Oshie's second straight three-point game and gives him a career-high 21 goals and 60 points.
Derek Roy, C3/27/2014 6:33:00 PM
Description: Blues center Derek Roy (lower body) is expected to return to the lineup Thursday, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Roy has 37 points in 67 games this season but just one point in his last 12 contests. He sat out the Blues' last two games.
Derek Roy, C3/27/2014 4:02:00 PM
Description: Blues center Derek Roy is questionable for Thursday's game against Minnesota due to a lower body injury.
Insight: Roy has 37 points in 67 games this season but just one point in his last 12 contests.
Alexander Steen, RW3/25/2014 10:43:00 PM
Description: Blues right wing Alexander Steen was firing on all cylinders Tuesday against the Maple Leafs.
Insight: Steen (one goal, two assists) had a hand in three of the five St. Louis goals. He's slowed down considerably since the start of the season but is still ninth in the league in goals scored (31 in 61 appearances).
T.J. Oshie, C3/25/2014 10:39:00 PM
Description: St. Louis center T.J. Oshie generated three points Tuesday in a win over the Maple Leafs.
Insight: Oshie assisted on two of David Backes' three goals and also provided a tally of his own in the first period. He needs one more goal to tie his career-high in scoring.
David Backes, C3/25/2014 9:52:00 PM
Description: St. Louis center David Backes took his game to another level Tuesday against Toronto.
Insight: Backes netted three goals in the victory. It's his second career hat trick. Backes and the first place Blues will be back in action Thursday against Minnesota.
Brian Elliott, G3/23/2014 4:28:00 PM
Description: Blues goalie Brian Elliott (33 saves) recorded his fourth shutout Sunday against Pittsburgh.
Insight: Elliott has saved 99 of 105 shots over his past five games (.943 save percentage). Unfortunately, he's behind Ryan Miller on the team's depth and probably won't see more than a handful of starts the rest of the season.
Jordan Leopold, D3/22/2014 11:25:00 AM
Description: Blues defenseman Jordan Leopold is expected to play in Saturday's game with Philadelphia.
Insight: The veteran blueliner is recovering from the flu. He has has just six points in 24 games this season. He's capable of a 30-point campaign when healthy.
Magnus Paajarvi, LW3/22/2014 11:24:00 AM
Description: Blues winger Magnus Paajarvi is questionable for Saturday's game against Philadelphia due to an upper body injury.
Insight: Paajarvi, who has missed the past three games, has just 12 points this season and his last fantasy-worthy effort was a 34-point season back in 2010-11 with Edmonton.
T.J. Oshie, C3/18/2014 5:14:00 PM
Description: Blues center T.J. Oshie will return Wednesday against the Blackhawks, according to Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Oshie missed Monday's game after his daughter was born in the morning. His 54 points (17 G, 37 A) lead a Blues team that has seven players with at least 40 points.
David Backes, C3/17/2014 10:42:00 PM
Description: Blues center David Backes scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner, Monday against the Jets.
Insight: Backes had scored just one goal in his previous 12 games. In 63 games this season, the 29-year-old has 23 goals, 26 assists (49 points), 89 PIM, 140 SOG and a +12 rating.
Ryan Miller, GHot3/17/2014 10:41:00 PM
Description: Ryan Miller ran his record to 7-0-1 since joining the Blues with a 16-save effort Monday against Winnipeg.
Insight: We predicted Miller would have an easy time with the Blues after facing 35.3 SOG per game with the Sabres, and that's exactly what has happened. He has faced just 24.1 SOG per game with St. Louis and registered a 1.61 GAA and a .933 SV%.
T.J. Oshie, C3/17/2014 7:49:00 PM
Description: Blues center T.J. Oshie will not play Monday against the Jets, according to Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. His daughter was born Monday morning.
Insight: Oshie's 54 points (17 G, 37 A), including four in the past two games, leads a Blues team that has seven players with at least 40 points. He should be back for Wednesday's showdown with the Blackhawks.
Magnus Paajarvi, LW3/17/2014 12:07:00 PM
Description: Blues winger Magnus Paajarvi is questionable for Monday's game against Winnipeg due to an upper body injury.
Insight: Paajarvi has just 12 points this season and his last fantasy-worthy effort was a 34-point season back in 2010-11 with Edmonton.
T.J. Oshie, C3/17/2014 12:06:00 PM
Description: Blues center T.J. Oshie is expected to miss Monday's game due to the birth of his first child, although the door was left slightly open, according to Blues' beatwriter Jeremy Rutherford.
Insight: Oshie's 54 points (17 G, 37 A), including four in the past two games, leads a Blues team that has seven players with at least 40 points.
Vladimir Tarasenko, RW3/16/2014 6:55:00 PM
Description: Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko will undergo surgery on his right hand and miss the rest of the regular season, according to nhl.com.
Insight: Tarasenko will be reevaluated in six weeks. The 22-year-old has 43 points (21 goals) and a +20 rating in 64 games this season.
T.J. Oshie, C3/16/2014 6:09:00 PM
Description: Blues center T.J. Oshie may have to miss Monday's game due to the birth of his first child, according to Lou Korac of nhl.com.
Insight: Oshie's 54 points (17 G, 37 A) lead a Blues team that has seven players with at least 40 points.
Patrik Berglund, C3/16/2014 9:12:00 AM
Description: Blues center Patrik Berglund netted two goals in Saturday's win over Nashville.
Insight: He did it in just ten minutes and 17 seconds of ice time. Berglund recently suffered a lower-body injury and could see a lighter workload until he's back to 100 percent. Six of his 14 goals this season have come in the last month.
Magnus Paajarvi, LW3/15/2014 2:37:00 PM
Description: Blues winger Magnus Paajarvi will miss Saturday's game against Nashville.
Insight: Paajarvi has 12 points this season and his last fantasy-worthy effort was a 34-point season back in 2010-11 with Edmonton.
Patrik Berglund, C3/14/2014 6:53:00 PM
Description: St. Louis center Patrik Berglund (lower body) left Friday's practice early, according to Lou Korac of nhl.com.
Insight: Berglund (12 G, 17 A) injured his leg Thursday night and is questionable for Saturday's game, but he is expected to play.
Vladimir Sobotka, C3/14/2014 5:26:00 PM
Description: Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka (knee) appeared to enjoy being back on the ice Thursday against the Oilers.
Insight: After missing the previous 12 games with a knee fracture, Sobotka had a goal, two assists, two SOG, 12 PIM and a +3 rating Thursday. With 28 points in 47 games, the 26-year-old is one point away from tying his career high.
Vladimir Sobotka, C3/13/2014 6:44:00 PM
Description: Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka (knee) has been cleared to return Thursday, according to Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Sobotka (7 G, 18 A) last played on Jan. 31. Prior to the knee fracture, he had just one point in his last nine games.
Vladimir Sobotka, C3/12/2014 6:47:00 PM
Description: Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka (knee) participated in the team's optional skate on Wednesday, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Sobotka (7 G, 18 A) last played on Jan. 31. Prior to the injury, he had just one point in his last nine games.
Alex Pietrangelo, D3/11/2014 10:59:00 PM
Description: Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo scored a goal, attempted four shots and had two penalty minutes Tuesday against the Stars.
Insight: Pietrangelo has 44 points in 65 games for his third 40-point season in the last three years (he had 24 in 47 games during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season).
Vladimir Sobotka, C3/6/2014 11:43:00 AM
Description: Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka (knee) could start skating next week.
Insight: Sobotka has seven goals, 18 assists and 46 PIM in 46 games this season, but isn't expected to return for a couple of weeks at the earliest.
T.J. Oshie, C3/4/2014 10:55:00 PM
Description: Blues center T.J. Oshie ended a four-game points drought with a pair Tuesday against the Lightning.
Insight: Oshie had a goal and an assist, giving him 48 points (15 goals) in 61 games. He should eclipse his career high of 54.
Alexander Steen, RW3/4/2014 10:54:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right wing Alexander Steen has recorded three points in his last two games.
Insight: Steen had just one point in his previous seven games entering March. The 30-year-old has had his best season, scoring a career-high 29 goals and putting up 49 points, two off his career high, in 50 games.
Vladimir Tarasenko, RW3/4/2014 10:52:00 PM
Description: Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko scored a goal and had one assist with four SOG Tuesday against Tampa Bay.
Insight: Tarasenko has 19 goals, 18 assists and 126 SOG in 58 games this season, his second in the NHL.
Ryan Miller, G3/4/2014 10:49:00 PM
Description: Goaltender Ryan Miller has won his first two games with the Blues.
Insight: Miller has faced just 21 SOG per game his first two games with St. Louis after seeing 35.3 per game sent his way with the Sabres.
Ryan Miller, G3/2/2014 1:52:00 PM
Description: Ryan Miller will make his St. Louis debut Sunday against Phoenix. SOURCE: Lou Korac, NHL.com
Insight: This is going to be weird. Miller played 540 games for the Sabres and probably assumed he would finish his career in Buffalo. Now he finds himself in the middle of a tight battle for first place in the Central Division (St. Louis trails division leader Chicago by two points). Miller made 38 saves against the Coyotes when he faced them in January.
Steve Ott, C2/28/2014 9:01:00 PM
Description: Buffalo has traded Steve Ott along with Ryan Miller to the St. Louis Blues.
Insight: Ott is fourth in the NHL in hits but doesn't carry much fantasy value in standard leagues, as he has nine goals, 11 assists and 99 SOG in 59 games. While his -26 rating will see better days on the Blues, he's likely to get less playing time than he saw on the Sabres.
Ryan Miller, G2/28/2014 6:58:00 PM
Description: The Sabres have traded Ryan Miller to the St. Louis Blues for Jaroslav Halak in a swap of goaltenders, according to Bob McKenzie of tsn.ca.
Insight: Miller was scratched from Friday's start so we knew a deal was close. St. Louis is one of the top defensive teams in the NHL and is a great place for Miller to land, while Halak will join one of the worst teams in hockey. There may be more to the deal, and we'll let you know when details emerge.
Jordan Leopold, D2/28/2014 2:06:00 PM
Description: Blues defenseman Jordan Leopold is expected to miss Friday's game against Anaheim with a high ankle sprain.
Insight: The veteran blueliner has has just six points in 24 games this season. He's capable of a 30-point campaign when healthy.
T.J. Oshie, C2/15/2014 10:36:00 AM
Description: Blues center T.J. Oshie saved the day for Team USA Saturday in a thrilling overtime win over Russia.
Insight: The United States won the shootout 4-3 with Oshie scoring all four US goals. Overall, he was 4-for-6 in the shootout. Oshie had two assists in the Olympic opener against Slovakia on Thursday. America's next game is against Slovenia on Sunday.
Jaden Schwartz, LWHot2/8/2014 9:16:00 PM
Description: Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz has collected six points (three goals) in his last four games.
Insight: Schwartz had a quiet January with six points in 14 games after generating 24 across 27 games in November and December, but his hot start to February gives him 19 goals, 42 points, 123 SOG and a +22 in 55 games this season.
Derek Roy, C2/8/2014 9:14:00 PM
Description: Blues center Derek Roy had his first multi-point game since Dec. 21 Saturday against the Jets.
Insight: Roy had a goal and an assist, giving him 36 points in 55 games this season but just nine points in his last 20.
Vladimir Sobotka, C2/8/2014 9:39:00 AM
Description: Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka (left leg) will be out until sometime after the Olympic break.
Insight: Sobotka has seven goals, 18 assists and 46 PIM in 46 games this season, but isn't expected to be re-evaluated until the beginning of March.
Vladimir Tarasenko, RW2/8/2014 9:38:00 AM
Description: Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko missed Thursday's game due to illness, but was back at practice Friday and is expected to play on Saturday, according to a St. Louis Post-Dispatch report.
Insight: Tarasenko (18 goals, 15 assists) had the flu. He has been very productive on a line with Jaden Schwartz (41 points) and Derek Roy (34 points).
Vladimir Tarasenko, RW2/6/2014 7:37:00 PM
Description: Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko wasn't on the ice for warmups ahead of Thursday's game against the Bruins. SOURCE: Lou Korac, NHL.com
Insight: Tarasenko (18 goals, 15 assists) has the flu and it doesn't look like he's going to be able to play on Thursday. Assuming Tarasenko sits out, this will be his third absence of the season.
Vladimir Tarasenko, RW2/6/2014 4:09:00 PM
Description: St. Louis winger Vladimir Tarasenko is questionable for Thursday's game against Boston with flu-like symptoms.
Insight: Tarasenko missed two games with the flu late last month, but is a viable offensive threat when on the ice with 18 goals,15 assists and a +10 rating in 53 games.
Jaden Schwartz, LWHot2/5/2014 11:07:00 AM
Description: Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz has picked up three points and eight SOG in the first two games this month.
Insight: Schwartz had a quiet January with six points in 14 games after generating 24 across 27 games in November and December. Overall, the 21-year-old has set career highs across the board with 17 goals, 22 assists, 19 PIM, 118 SOG and a +21.
Jaroslav Halak, GHot1/29/2014 8:21:00 PM
Description: Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak has gone 6-1-0 with a 1.66 GAA, a .940 SV% and two shutouts in January.
Insight: Halak blanked the Devils Tuesday with 23 saves for his fourth shutout of the season. He'll start again Friday, and Brian Elliot will handle the net Saturday.
Vladimir Tarasenko, RW1/25/2014 5:18:00 PM
Description: St. Louis winger Vladimir Tarasenko scored two goals in Saturday's shootout win at New York.
Insight: Tarasenko missed two games with the flu before returning and playing 16 minutes Thursday. He saw 20 minutes of ice time Saturday, his most all season. The 22-year-old has 17 goals and 31 points in 49 games.
Alexander Steen, RW1/25/2014 3:13:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right wing Alexander Steen returned to the lineup on Saturday. He had been questionable with a lower body injury.
Insight: It's a welcome surprise for Steen owners who weren't expecting to have him on Saturday. Even after missing almost a month with a concussion, Steen is still tied for fifth in the league in goals with 26.
Alexander Steen, RW1/24/2014 8:18:00 PM
Description: Blues right wing Alexander Steen doesn't expect to play Saturday versus the Islanders. SOURCE: Jeremy Rutherford, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Insight: Steen suffered a lower body injury during his last game. It's disappointing for fantasy owners as Steen (26 goals, 16 assists) just came back from a concussion. He's been playing on a line with Jaden Schwartz (16 goals, 19 assists) and David Backes (17 goals, 21 assists).
Vladimir Tarasenko, RW1/23/2014 1:25:00 PM
Description: St. Louis winger Vladimir Tarasenko (flu-like symptoms) has missed two games and is questionable for Thursday's game against the NY Rangers.
Insight: The 22-year-old has yet to develop consistency at the NHL level. He had 12 points (four goals) in eight games from Dec. 23 to Jan. 9 but followed that up with one point in the past four. He has 15 goals and 29 points in 47 games this season.
Brian Elliott, GCold1/21/2014 11:53:00 PM
Description: St. Louis goalie Brian Elliott got a start Tuesday against the the Devils, but was ugly yielding three goals on the first nine shots before being relieved by Jaroslav Halak.
Insight: Elliott has has lost his last three starts after winning the previous seven in a row. Halak wasn't much better as the Devils scored seven times on just 23 shots
Vladimir Tarasenko, RW1/21/2014 7:00:00 PM
Description: St. Louis winger Vladimir Tarasenko (flu-like symptoms) has been downgraded to out for Tuesday's game against New Jersey.
Insight: The 22-year-old has yet to develop consistency at the NHL level. He had 12 points (four goals) in eight games from Dec. 23 to Jan. 9 but followed that up with one point in the past four. He has 15 goals and 29 points in 47 games this season.
Brian Elliott, GCold1/21/2014 12:53:00 PM
Description: St. Louis goalie Brian Elliott will get a start Tuesday against the the Devils.
Insight: Elliott has has lost his last two starts after winning the previous seven in a row. He's posted a 13-3-2 record with 1.93 GAA, a .922 SV% and three shutouts this season, but has given up five goals in his last two starts (losses to Anaheim and Vancouver).
Vladimir Tarasenko, RW1/21/2014 9:19:00 AM
Description: St. Louis winger Vladimir Tarasenko (flu-like symptoms) is questionable for Tuesday's game against New Jersey.
Insight: The 22-year-old has yet to develop consistency at the NHL level. He had 12 points (four goals) in eight games from Dec. 23 to Jan. 9 but followed that up with one point in the past four. He has 15 goals and 29 points in 47 games this season.
Kevin Shattenkirk, D1/20/2014 10:07:00 PM
Description: St. Louis defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk scored a goal Monday and now has 34 points this season. He's one point behind Alex Pietrangelo for the team lead among defensemen.
Insight: Shattenkirk's 19 power-play points rank second in the NHL among defensemen behind Erik Karlsson's 21.
Jay Bouwmeester, D1/20/2014 10:05:00 PM
Description: Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester tallied his fourth goal of the season Monday against the Red Wings.
Insight: Bouwmeester's 29 points actually rank third on the team among defensemen behind Alex Pietrangelo and Kevin Shattenkirk.
Vladimir Tarasenko, RW1/20/2014 7:04:00 PM
Description: St. Louis winger Vladimir Tarasenko (illness) is not on the ice for pre-game warmups so he probably won't play Monday at Detroit, according to Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: The 22-year-old has yet to develop consistency at the NHL level. He had 12 points (four goals) in eight games from Dec. 23 to Jan. 9 but followed that up with one point in the past four. He has 15 goals and 29 points in 47 games this season. Consider him questionable for Tuesday's game at New Jersey.
Vladimir Tarasenko, RW1/20/2014 6:01:00 PM
Description: St. Louis winger Vladimir Tarasenko is questionable for Monday's game due to the flu, according to Blues announcer John Kelly.
Insight: The 22-year-old has yet to develop consistency at the NHL level. He had 12 points (four goals) in eight games from Dec. 23 to Jan. 9 but followed that up with one point in the past four. He has 15 goals and 29 points in 47 games this season.
Alexander Steen, LW1/18/2014 1:34:00 PM
Description: St. Louis left wing Alex Steen (concussion) was activated from injured reserve for Saturday's game against Anaheim.
Insight: Steen hasn't played since Dec. 21. He was on pace for his best season prior to the concussion, scoring 24 goals and 38 points in 35 games, putting him just 13 points away from tying his career high.
Alexander Steen, LW1/17/2014 7:48:00 PM
Description: St. Louis left wing Alex Steen (concussion) will return to the lineup Saturday, according to blues.nhl.com.
Insight: Steen hasn't played since Dec. 21. He was on pace for his best season prior to the concussion, scoring 24 goals and 38 points in 35 games, putting him just 13 points away from tying his career high.
Alexander Steen, LW1/16/2014 5:31:00 PM
Description: St. Louis left wing Alex Steen (concussion) practiced Wednesday but is still without a timetable for his return. SOURCE: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Insight: Steen hasn't played since Dec. 21. He was on pace for his best season prior to the concussion, scoring 24 goals and 38 points in 35 games.
Vladimir Sobotka, C1/16/2014 12:28:00 PM
Description: Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka (flu-like sypmtoms) was a late sratch Tuyesday, but is expected to get the go ahead to play on Thursday.
Insight: Sobotka has seven goals, 17 assists and 42 PIM in 38 games this season, but has picked up the pace with seven points in his last five games.
Jamie Langenbrunner, RW1/15/2014 3:36:00 PM
Description: Jamie Langenbrunner is calling it quits. The sixteen-year veteran announced his retirement from the NHL on Wednesday. SOURCE: NHLPA.com
Insight: Langenbrunner played 1,109 games in his career. During that time, he scored 243 goals of his own while assisting on 420 others. Though he spent his last two seasons in St. Louis, the vast majority of Langenbrunner's career was spent in New Jersey and Dallas.
Jaroslav Halak, GHot1/14/2014 10:42:00 PM
Description: Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak followed up his shut out of Calgary last Thursday with a 20-save effort in a 2-1 win over the Coyotes Tuesday.
Insight: Halak struggled in December and left the team in early January to deal with an illness. He has returned in top form.
T.J. Oshie, C1/14/2014 10:36:00 PM
Description: St. Louis center T.J. Oshie's two goals were critical in the Blues' 2-1 win over the Coyotes Tuesday.
Insight: The 27-year-old is on pace for 71 points, which would eclipse his current career high of 54 by 17 points.
Vladimir Sobotka, C1/14/2014 3:09:00 PM
Description: Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka (flu-like sypmtoms) will likely be a game-time decision.
Insight: Sobotka has seven goals, 17 assists and 42 PIM in 38 games this season, but has picked up the pace with seven points in his last five games.
Roman Polak, D1/14/2014 3:08:00 PM
Description: St. Louis Blues defenseman Roman Polak is probable for Tuesday's game against Phoenix having recovered from a fractured left ankle.
Insight: Polak is a solid defensive defenseman, but he doesn't provide enough offense to be considered for fantasy teams (3 G, 4 A in 34 games).
T.J. Oshie, C1/8/2014 11:39:00 AM
Description: St. Louis center T.J. Oshie collided knee to knee with Edmonton's Taylor Hall late in Tuesday's game, but seemed OK in the dressing room afterward, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Oshie has eight goals, 37 points, 70 SOG and a +14 in 42 games. The Blues play Thursday at Calgary.
Patrik Berglund, CHot1/4/2014 10:39:00 PM
Description: St. Louis center Patrik Berglund knocked in two goals Saturday against the Blue Jackets.
Insight: Four of Berglund's six goals this year have come in the last seven games. Berglund may not be fantasy-worthy at this moment but he seems to be trending in the right direction.
Brian Elliott, GHot1/4/2014 1:41:00 PM
Description: St. Louis goalie Brian Elliott will get another start Saturday against the Blue Jackets.
Insight: Jaroslav Halak has been dealing with an illness and Elliott has been outstanding in winning his last five games. He posted a 1.03 GAA, a .961 SV% and two shutouts in that stretch.
David Backes, C1/4/2014 12:48:00 PM
Description: Blues center David Backes (upper body) will play Saturday, according to Lou Korac of nhl.com.
Insight: Backes has missed three straight games with an upper-body injury. He's a must start when dressed as he's already posted 30 points (16 goals) in 35 games this season.
David Backes, C1/4/2014 11:31:00 AM
Description: Blues center David Backes (upper body) skated Friday and could be available Saturday.
Insight: Backes has missed three straight games with an upper-body injury. He's a must start when dressed as he's already posted 30 points (16 goals) in 35 games this season. A decision on Backes will be made Saturday afternoon, so fantasy owners will have plenty of time to adjust their lineups accordingly for the 8 p.m. ET start.
David Backes, C1/3/2014 10:50:00 AM
Description: Blues center David Backes (concussion) skated Thursday but did not play in the game.
Insight: Backes has missed three straight games. He's a must start when dressed as he's already posted 30 points (16 goals) in 35 games this season.
Jaroslav Halak, G1/2/2014 9:28:00 PM
Description: Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak has left the team for a couple of days to recover from an illness that he's been dealing with since Dec. 21. SOURCE: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Insight: The Blues recalled Jake Allen to back up Brian Elliott Thursday against the Kings. St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock indicated Halak shouldn't be away from the team for long. "Tried to fight through it to be honest with you," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We just told Jaro it's best to stay at home right now for a day or two until you feel cleared up. It comes and goes. He feels good for a couple of hours and then he doesn't feel good. He's at 70 percent -- it's not good enough to play and it's not getting any better, so a couple of days away I think will really help him."
David Backes, C1/2/2014 7:50:00 PM
Description: Blues center David Backes (concussion) is not playing Thursday against the Kings, according to Lou Korac of nhl.com.
Insight: Backes also missed Sunday's game after leaving Saturday due to an upper-body injury. It's still unclear if he's dealing with issues related to the concussion he suffered in mid-December.
Chris Stewart, RW1/2/2014 7:48:00 PM
Description: Blues right wing Chris Stewart will play Thursday despite taking a puck to the face Tuesday. SOURCE: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Insight: Stewart has 13 goals, 22 points, 73 PIM, 72 SOG and a +11 in 39 games, so he's a good all-around fantasy option. However, he's unlikely to pick up his sixth fighting major of the season until his face heals.
Chris Stewart, RW12/31/2013 8:18:00 PM
Description: Blues right wing Chris Stewart took a puck to the face Tuesday against the Wild. SOURCE: Blues on Twitter
Insight: He'll be out for the rest of the game and could miss more time depending on his diagnosis. Stewart (13 goals, nine assists in 39 games this season) lasted just a minute and 25 seconds before exiting.
Vladimir Tarasenko, RW12/28/2013 10:56:00 PM
Description: St. Louis winger Vladimir Tarasenko filled the stat sheet with a goal, two assists, three SOG, two PIM and a +1 in Saturday's shootout win over Chicago.
Insight: The 22-year-old has failed to make a consistent impact in fantasy leagues and had just five points in his previous 14 games before picking up three Saturday.
Jaden Schwartz, LWHot12/28/2013 10:54:00 PM
Description: Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz scored a goal for the fourth straight game and the sixth time in his last eight games Saturday against Chicago.
Insight: Schwartz has 17 points in his last 16 games and 27 points (12 goals) in 35 games this season. He should be owned in all leagues.
Derek Roy, C12/28/2013 8:13:00 PM
Description: Blues center Derek Roy (undisclosed) is not playing Saturday, according to Lou Korac of nhl.com.
Insight: Roy was a late scratched with what is believed to be an illness. The 30-year-old has eight goals and 27 points (13 PPP) in 36 games this season even though he's only skating 13:51 per game.
Alexander Steen, LW12/28/2013 3:05:00 PM
Description: St. Louis left wing Alex Steen is out indefinitely with a concussion, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Steen hasn't played since Dec. 21. The winger missed 39 games due to concussion symptoms back in 2011-12.


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