Upshall was a healthy scratch for Saturday's game against the Sharks.
Dmitri Jaskin was activated for the game, taking Upshall's spot on the fourth line as part of Blues coach Ken Hitchcock's line shuffling. The decision had more to do with shaking up the combinations than the level of Upshall's play. At any rate, neither player offers much fantasy value.
Upshall had gone 16 games without a point and 18 without a goal. You'd think a scoring pace like that would buy him a healthy scratch or two, but he remains in the lineup nightly. With just seven points, 32 shots, 31 hits, 17 PIM and seven blocked shots through 33 games, Upshall offers little to entice fantasy owners.
Upshall scored on his only shot in Sunday's 5-1 win over Colorado. The goal was his second of the season and gives him points in two straight games.
Upshall was in the lineup for a third straight game after having been a healthy scratch the previous three. St. Louis head coach Ken HItchcock said Nail Yakupov, who was a healthy scratch Saturday, might get back into lineup against the Avs, but the coach stayed with Upshall on the fourth line, a unit that Hitchcock raved about to Tom Timmerman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The grinders were on the ice for Saturday's game-tying goal which led to a much-needed Blues' win.
Upshall, who had been a healthy scratch for three straight games, was in the active lineup for the second straight game Saturday and assisted on the Blues' game-tying goal in a 2-1 overtime win over the Blue Jackets.
With head coach Ken Hitchcock making Nail Yakupov a healthy scratch, the Blues have four of their 14 forwards competing for two active roster spots on game nights. Upshall, Yakupov, Ryan Reaves and Ty Rattie will shuffle in and out, pending HItchcock's whims or matchups.
Upshall was a healthy scratch for Tuesday night's game against the Rangers.
Upshall has not played the last three games while Dmitri Jaskin has skated on the fourth line ahead of him. With the Blues' offense in a funk, head coach Ken HItchcock may try some changes for Thursday's game in Dallas, but Upshall doesn't represent the kind of change that might wake up a struggling offense.