• Healthy ahead of season opener

    News: General manager Doug Armstrong told reporters Tuesday that Carl Gunnarsson is now healthy, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
    Analysis: Carl Gunnarsson had been dealing with a groin injury that held him out of several team practices, but the 28-year-old defender is now reportedly healthy, which means he should be good to go for Thursday's regular-season opener against the Oilers.
  • Misses Wednesday skate

    News: Carl Gunnarsson (groin) did not skate Wednesday, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
    Analysis: Carl Gunnarsson sustained the groin injury in Monday's practice. The Blues' depth on the blue line has been tested in training camp so far, as veteran defender Robert Bortuzzo has been dealing with a lower-body injury as well. This Thursday is Gunnarsson's last chance to draw into a regular-season game before the 2015-16 campaign is underway. He should be considered day-to-day.
  • Day-To-Day With Groin Injury

    News: Carl Gunnarsson is day-to-day with a groin injury he suffered in Monday's practice, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
    Analysis: Carl Gunnarsson was originally expected to play in Tuesday's preseason contest against Dallas, but will no longer travel with the Blues to American Airlines Center for the exhibition. Gunnarsson, who tallied 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) in 61 games with the Blues last season, is expected to return to a second pairing role with St. Louis this season.
  • Blues' Gunnarsson Back In Saturday

    News: Coach Ken Hitchcock confirmed that Carl Gunnarsson (upper body) will play Saturday against the Blue Jackets.
    Analysis: While the return of Kevin Shattenkirk (abdominal surgery) from a two-month absence Saturday will capture most of the headlines, Carl Gunnarsson's return is still of high importance to the Blues. With goalie Brian Elliott struggling in recent outings, having an accomplished shot blocker like Gunnarsson back in the trenches should aid the team's play in the net. However, from a fantasy perspective, Gunnarsson doesn't offer much to get excited about, as his stay-at-home tendencies prevent him from accumulating points with much regularity.
  • Blues' Gunnarsson Trending Toward Return

    News: Carl Gunnarsson (upper body) skated on the top defensive pairing with Alex Pietrangelo during Friday's practice, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports.
    Analysis: This would seem to add further validation to the reports earlier in the week that Carl Gunnarsson is on track to return to the lineup Saturday against the Blue Jackets following a two-game absence. Expect coach Ken Hitchcock to confirm the blueliner's return to the lineup after Saturday's morning skate.
  • Blues' Gunnarsson Expected To Be Ready For Weekend

    News: Carl Gunnarsson (upper body) is expected to return to the Blues' lineup Saturday versus the Blue Jackets, Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
    Analysis: The Blues' decision to send Petteri Lindbohm back to AHL Chicago on Wednesday seems to indicate that Carl Gunnarsson will be available after missing the last two games with the injury. With Gunnarsson likely back over the weekend and Kevin Shattenkirk also expected to return after a lengthy absence, the Blues should be at full strength on the blue line entering the final couple weeks of the season.
  • Blues' Gunnarsson Out Tuesday

    News: Carl Gunnarsson (upper body) won't play against the Penguins on Tuesday, the Blues' official site reports.
    Analysis: On the plus side, Carl Gunnarsson skated Tuesday, with coach Ken Hitchcock indicating that he hopes to have the blueliner back in action this weekend.
  • Blues' Gunnarsson Iffy For Tuesday

    News: Carl Gunnarsson (upper body) is a game-time decision for Tuesday's game against the Penguins, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports.
    Analysis: Carl Gunnarsson, who was forced out of Saturday's game against the Wild, missed Sunday's game against Detroit, but given that he is viewed as a game-time decision for Tuesday's tilt, his upper-body injury is evidently not a major issue.
  • Blues' Gunnarsson (Upper Body) Out Sunday

    News: Carl Gunnarsson (upper body) was not on the ice for pregame warmups Sunday, indicating he will miss the tilt with the Red Wings, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
    Analysis: Carl Gunnarsson exited Saturday's game due to the injury, and it will reportedly cost him Sunday's contest as well. Both Chris Butler and Petteri Lindbohm were on the ice, indicating one of the two will take his spot in the lineup. His next chance to return will come Tuesday against the Penguins.
  • Blues' Gunnarsson Exits With Injury

    News: Carl Gunnarsson was removed from Saturday's game against the Wild after suffering an upper-body injury, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
    Analysis: Carl Gunnarsson skated just 12 shifts before sustaining the injury and retreating to the locker room. Coach Ken Hitchcock declined to provide an update on Gunnarsson after the match, so the blueliner should be viewed as questionable to play Sunday afternoon against the Red Wings.