Bortuzzo (upper body) is expected to be in the lineup Friday for Game 2 against the Wild, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports. While far from an offensive threat, Bortuzzo should make an impact in the series as a physical blueliner who will block the occasional shot. The Blues managed to win the series opener despite 52 shots going at starting goalie Jake Allen, but St. Louis hopes that Bortuzzo can slide in and disrupt the Wild attack in this next one.
Bortuzzo (upper body) will not draw into Game 1 against the Wild on Wednesday, NHL.com reports. The shutdown defenseman's inability to practice Tuesday really clouded his chances of drawing into the playoff opener, and now the Notes will play a slightly different tune with Carl Gunnarsson syncing up with Jordan Schmaltz on the third pair.
Bortuzzo (upper body) didn't skate Tuesday, and his status for Wednesday's playoff opener is in doubt, Tom Timmerman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Bortuzzo missed the final five games of the regular season due to the injury. He elevated his game this season, finishing with a career-best plus-11 rating, and Bortuzzo is no longer considered just a seventh defenseman and injury fill-in guy. Once healthy, he could replace Carl Gunnarsson in the starting lineup, as he often did during the regular season.
Bortuzzo (upper body) is out of the lineup again for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Avalanche, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports. Bortuzzo has contributed just four points in his 38 games with the Blues this season, relying more on his physical game (77 hits) and willingness to block shots (50) to keep himself in the lineup. Even if he's healthy for the playoffs, there is no guarantee he will dress on a consistent basis.
Bortuzzo (upper body) will miss the next two games, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports. The rearguard stayed back in St. Louis while the team took the charter to Florida for Thursday's game against the Panthers; the Blues will next be in Raleigh to face the Hurricanes. Bortuzzo will factor into a scoring play every so often, but he's primarily a stay-at-home type, making his absence hard to notice in most fantasy settings.
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