Bortuzzo (upper body) was placed on injured reserve Sunday, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.
Bortuzzo suffered an upper-body injury during Friday's 8-0 loss to the Avalanche, and he'll miss at least a week of action. In turn, the Blues called up Niko Mikkola from the taxi squad. Mikkola and Carl Gunnarsson are candidates to replace Bortuzzo on the third defensive pairing in Monday's matchup against the Sharks.
Bortuzzo is in the lineup for Thursday's round-robin contest with Vegas, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
The Thunder Bay, Ontario native will round out the Blues' defense corps on the third pairing next to Vince Dunn, with Carl Gunnarsson sitting out as a scratch. Bortuzzo managed just six points in 42 games this year and doesn't offer much from a fantasy perspective other than the occasional hit and blocked shot.
Bortuzzo (undisclosed) was on the ice Thursday for the first time since training camp started, Jim Thomas of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Bortuzzo served as a healthy scratch in five of the last 11 games prior to the league going on hiatus, so his spot in the lineup is anything but secure. Combined with his minimal offensive value, fantasy players will probably want to pursue alternative options in postseason pools and DFS contests.
Bortuzzo (undisclosed) missed a second consecutive practice Tuesday, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
There won't be any details released regarding the nature of Bortuzzo's absence due to the NHL's new policy on injury updates. Either way, the veteran blueliner only notched six points in 42 games during the regular season, so there's no reason for those participating in playoff pools to track his status.
Bortuzzo scored a goal in Sunday's 2-0 win over the Blackhawks
The goal was Bortuzzo's second of the 2019-20 season and his first game-winner. With only six points to show for this year, the 30-year-old defenseman is not worth owning in fantasy. Sunday was only Bortuzzo's 41st appearance this season.
Bortuzzo posted six hits, a blocked shot and two PIM across 12:51 in Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Rangers.
Bortuzzo has struggled to crack the lineup lately, serving as a healthy scratch in four of the last six games. The brawny blueliner was called upon for this cross-conference clash, though, and he delivered physicality as he normally does. His fantasy value is negligible, but Bortuzzo gives St. Louis flexibility on the blue line when injuries pop up.
Bortuzzo registered an assist, four hits, two blocked shots and two PIM in Thursday's 6-5 overtime loss to the Golden Knights.
Bortuzzo earned his first point in his last six appearances. The 30-year-old has just a part-time role on the third pairing for the Blues -- he's at five points, 46 hits and 35 blocks through 33 contests. Bortuzzo will likely have to contend with Niko Mikkola for playing time in the near term.
Bortuzzo picked up an assist and two shots on goal in Monday's 4-1 win over the Ducks.
Bortuzzo set up Alexander Steen's opening tally at 7:53 of the first period. The defenseman has two points in the last two games, doubling his season total to four points in 28 outings overall. the 30-year-old obviously is more of a defensive player -- don't expect this recent scoring touch to last long. He's added 34 hits, 28 blocked shots and a plus-11 rating.
Bortuzzo scored his first goal of the season and had two shots with four PIM in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Rangers.
Bortuzzo got the Blues on the board midway through the first period, tallying his first regular-season goal since Feb. 14, 2019. The veteran defenseman had entered Saturday's game with just two assists in 26 games this season, albeit with a solid plus-11 rating.
Bortuzzo posted an assist and went plus-2 in Monday's 4-1 win over the Kings.
The helper was just Bortuzzo's second point of the season. The 30-year-old defenseman has added 29 hits and 19 blocked shots with a plus-8 rating in 19 contests.
Bortuzzo has served his four-game suspension and will be eligible to rejoin the lineup for Monday's contest against the Blackhawks.
Bortuzzo has been prone to healthy scratches this season, so it wouldn't be surprising if he watches another game from the press box if Carl Gunnarsson (illness) is ready to go. The brawny Bortuzzo brings a physical toughness to the lineup, though, so the Blues could utilize him in a bitter division rivalry.
Bortuzzo was handed a four-game suspension for his cross-check on Viktor Arvidsson (lower body) during Saturday's loss to the Predators.
Bortuzzo likely would've been handed a suspension either way, but it became a near guarantee when Arvidsson's 4-to-6 week recovery timeline was revealed. Since he's often a healthy scratch in favor of Carl Gunnarsson anyway, Bortuzzo's absence shouldn't affect the Blues' defensive plans too much. Bortuzzo's eligible to return Dec. 2 against the Blackhawks.
Bortuzzo will have a hearing Sunday after his cross-check on Viktor Arvidsson in the first period of Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Predators.
Arvidsson was unable to finish the game with a lower-body injury sustained on the play, for which Bortuzzo received a minor penalty. If Bortuzzo is served a suspension, Carl Gunnarsson will likely replace him in the lineup.
Bortuzzo collected an assist and two shots on goal in Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Ducks.
Bortuzzo entered the lineup in place of Carl Gunnarsson in the second game of a back-to-back. The 30-year-old made an impact in his first game since Oct. 27, earning his first point of the year with the secondary helper on Vince Dunn's goal. Bortuzzo will likely be a healthy scratch more often than not -- he's added only 14 hits, nine blocked shots and an even plus-minus rating in eight appearances while averaging a career-low 12:01 per game entering Saturday's contest.
Bortuzzo was a healthy scratch for Saturday's 3-2 win over the Stars.
Bortuzzo was a stud in the season opener, blocking four shots and making multiple impressive defensive plays. He'll be in this healthy scratch limbo with Carl Gunnarsson often, as the Blues will likely mix up their defensive pairings based on matchups. Bortuzzo could find the short end of the stick more, though, since their right-handed blueliners are stacked with Alex Pietrangelo, Colton Parayko and Justin Faulk.
Bortuzzo scored a goal in Wednesday's 3-2 overtime victory over Boston.
Bortuzzo was able to put one past the netminder for the second time this postseason. With his two playoff tallies, the blueliner matched his regular-season goal total. Not exactly an offensive stud, the Thunder Bay, Ontario native appears to be hitting his stride in the Stanley Cup Finals and could be a decent low-cost fantasy option heading into Game 3 on Saturday.
Bortuzzo scored his first career playoff goal in Monday's 4-2 win over the Sharks in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals.
Bortuzzo had only registered two helpers in 30 previous postseason games before restoring the Blues' lead late in the second period. The blueliner is in the lineup due to Carl Gunnarsson's lower-body injury. Bortuzzo has managed 18 PIM, 14 hits and 14 blocked shots in eight appearances during the playoff run.
Bortuzzo (undisclosed) took part in practice Tuesday, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
The Blues have been reluctant to play Bortuzzo, even though he was technically available for Game 6 against the Jets in the conference quarterfinals. With that physical series in the books to the sheer delight of St. Louis fans, Bortuzzo has more time to prove to the trainers and coaching staff that he's fit and ready to resume playoff action.
Bortuzzo (undisclosed) is available for Saturday's Game 6 clash against the Jets, Jim Thomas of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
This doesn't necessarily mean that Bortuzzo will play, but the rugged blueliner evidently is feeling well enough to be an option for coach Craig Berube. We recommend checking back to see who takes warmups to get a better idea of the St.Louis lineup, with the Notes getting a chance to eliminate Winnipeg on Saturday.
Bortuzzo (undisclosed) will not play in Thursday's Game 5 matchup with the Jets, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.
Bortuzzo took Thursday's practice off for maintenance and was considered a game-time decision ahead of puck drop. It seems now that the Ontario native will indeed miss Game 5, even though coach Craig Berube said Bortuzzo was "good to go." While the blueliner hasn't contributed any points so far in this series, the Blues will likely miss the physical threat he provides on defense.
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