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Blues' Zachary Sanford: Pointless in last six
Sanford went minus-2 without a point in his last six games.
Sanford was logging time in the top six, but his poor play landed him as a healthy scratch in the Blues latest game. The 24-year-old has oodles of talent and a 6-foot-4 frame makes him a strong power forward, but his two-way game needs to be more consistent. Sanford's next chance to re-enter the lineup is Friday against the Avalanche.... See More ... See Less
Blues' Oskar Sundqvist: Notches assist
Sundqvist went plus-1 and added a helper in Tuesday's win over the Panthers.
Sundqvist had a hand in the Blues first goal of the game, as he forced a turnover in the defensive zone and set up Ivan Barbashev in the slot. The 24-year-old was frequently a healthy scratch last season and suited up for just 42 games, but he's played all 21 contests since returning from an upper-body injury and has seven points to show for it. His spot on the fourth line still is unlikely to change with three established centers ahead of him.... See More ... See Less
Blues' Vince Dunn: Rings up assist
Dunn assisted Brayden Schenn's game-winning goal Tuesday against the Panthers.
Dunn fired a slap shot on goal, and the rebound was first picked up by Alexander Steen but eventually knocked home by Schenn. The 22-year-old worked 22:25 in this outing and continues to man the top power-play unit. With 11 points through 27 games, Dunn is poised to comfortably surpass the 24 points he piled up in his rookie season.... See More ... See Less
Blues' Brayden Schenn: Scores game-winner
Schenn lit the lamp and added an assist in Tuesday's win over the Panthers.
Schenn posted up in front of the Panthers net and picked up Vince Dunn's rebound to put the Blues ahead with less than four minutes remaining. The 27-year-old pivot has 18 points -- tied for third on the team -- and a minus-5 rating through 25 games.... See More ... See Less
Blues' Jordan Kyrou: Bound for minors
Kyrou was reassigned to AHL San Antonio on Wednesday.
Kyrou's demotion could be related to the need for an extra defenseman in the event Joel Edmundson is unable to play against Colorado on Friday -- although it could just as easily be a salary cap related move with the team off for a few days. In 11 games this season, the winger tallied two points, 14 shots and two PIM while averaging 10:36 of ice time.... See More ... See Less
Blues' Jaden Schwartz: Helping hand in return
Schwartz went plus-2 and dished out two assists in Tuesday's win over the Panthers.
Schwartz sat out the last 11 games with an upper-body injury but didn't miss a beat, finding David Perron for the team's second and third goals. Schwartz now has 13 points in 17 games and is a formidable daily fantasy option, but beware in season-long leagues that he's now missed at least 13 games in three of the last four seasons.... See More ... See Less
Blues' David Perron: Resents recent healthy scratch
Perron scored two goals in Tuesday's win over the Panthers.
Just 11 seconds after Ivan Barbashev tied the game, Perron snapped a wrister over Roberto Luongo's left shoulder. He added another goal by ricocheting a shot off a Panthers defenseman and into the net. This was an important showing for Perron after he was a healthy scratch in the previous game.... See More ... See Less
Blues' Jake Allen: Yields three in win
Allen steered away 22 of 25 shots in Tuesday's win over the Panthers.
Allen allowed two goals within the span of 1:28 during the third period to blow a two-goal lead, but Brayden Schenn bailed him out by scoring the game-winner with less than four minutes left. The 28-year-old's play has been bumpy this season, but hopefully this can be a turnaround for Allen. His next chance to start is Friday against the Avalanche.... See More ... See Less
Blues' Carl Gunnarsson: Won't play Tuesday
Gunnarsson (upper body) will miss Tuesday's matchup with Florida, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Gunnarsson will be sidelined for his 12th consecutive contest due to his upper-body issue. The Swede's prolonged absence is testing the Blues' blue line depth as Alex Pietrangelo (hand) and Joel Edmundson (upper body) are also on the shelf. The club has not provided a clear timeframe for when Gunnarsson might be cleared to play, so fantasy owners will have to take a wait and see approach.... See More ... See Less
Blues' Jake Allen: Between pipes Tuesday
Allen will guard the home goal Tuesday against the Panthers, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Allen was yanked from the net during the first period of his last start Sunday against the Canucks, but he will get back on the horse Tuesday. Through 12 home appearances this season, Allen has posted just a 3.86 GAA and an .879 save percentage to go along with a 4-4-2 record. He will take on a Panthers club that has dropped three of its last four games, though the squad scored 15 goals in those four contests and only one of the losses came in regulation.... See More ... See Less
Blues' Jaden Schwartz: Back in action
Schwartz (upper body) will return to the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Panthers, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
The Blues and fantasy owners will both be happy to have Schwartz back in their lineups, as he's been productive when healthy this season, notching two goals and nine points in 15 appearances. The 26-year-old winger is expected to return to a prominent role Tuesday, skating on the Blues' second line and second power-play unit against the Panthers.... See More ... See Less
Blues' Joel Edmundson: Ruled out against Panthers
Edmundson is dealing with an upper-body issue and won't be in the lineup versus Florida on Tuesday.
Edmundson's absence will stretch the depth of an already thin blue line that is without Carl Gunnarsson (upper body) and Alex Pietrangelo (hand). With the 25-year-old Edmundson sidelined, Jordan Schmaltz will rejoin the lineup following a three-game stint in the press box as a healthy scratch.... See More ... See Less
Blues' Jaden Schwartz: On the fence for Tuesday
Schwartz (upper body) says that he is going to wait and see how he feels Tuesday morning before deciding whether or not he will play in that night's game against the Panthers, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Schwartz has missed 11 games with this injury, so the fact he's even in the position to make this decision is a good sign. If he sticks to his word, we should know a few hours in advance of Tuesday's game whether or not the 26-year-old will play. For now, though his status is quite murky.... See More ... See Less
Blues' Chad Johnson: Placed on waivers
The Blues placed Johnson on waivers Monday following the team's embarrassing 6-1 home loss to Vancouver the previous night.
Considering Johnson has gone over a month without a win, this move should come as little surprise. The 32-year-old has posted a 2-6-0 record so far this season and has not played well by any standard. If unclaimed, Jim Thomas of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch suggests Johnson's time with the Blues organization could be over.... See More ... See Less
Blues' Jordan Kyrou: Nails down first career goal
Kyrou potted his first career NHL goal Sunday, but it came in a 6-1 home loss to the Canucks.
Kyrou went top shelf to spoil Jacob Markstrom's shutout bid. The 20-year-old winger has ascended to the top line, though he skated for only 13:59 in this latest contest, so his specific line assignment is a bit of a mirage at this juncture. If he keeps producing, though, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Kyrou cement a spot in the top six with an uptick in power-play time as he matures.... See More ... See Less
Blues' Chad Johnson: Luck not on his side
Johnson was called upon in relief Sunday and proceeded to stop 12 of 15 shots in a 6-1 home loss to the Canucks.
Johnson ended up replacing Jake Allen with 5:55 remaining in the first period, and while the St. Louis backup allowed three goals of his own, he was the victim of two bad bounces and a beautiful tic-tac-toe sequence to benefit Vancouver. A Blackhawks loss put Chicago in the cellar of the Central Division standings, but the Notes are just one step above at 10-14-4 -- at least in shallow leagues, this makes it difficult to roster Allen, let alone Johnson as the team's chief backup.... See More ... See Less
Blues' Jordan Binnington: Gets call from parent club
Binnington was called up from AHL San Antonio on Sunday, Jim Thomas of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
This move was made shortly after the Blues suffered an embarrassing 6-1 home loss to the Canucks, with both Jake Allen and Chad Johnson drawing into the latest contest. Binnington has posted an 8-4-0 record with a 2.34 GAA and .914 save percentage over 13 games for the AHL's Rampage this season. The Blues likely called him up since Allen started back-to-back games and may need a break come Tuesday with the Panthers in town.... See More ... See Less