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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
Blues' Samuel Blais: Shuffles back to San Antonio
Blais was reassigned to AHL San Antonio on Sunday, Jim Thomas of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Evidently in need of goaltending depth, St. Louis recalled Jordan Binnington in a corresponding move. A heavy-hitting rookie winger, Blais was not involved in Sunday's 6-1 home loss to the Canucks, which marked his third straight game as a press-box spectator.... See More ... See Less
Blues' Jake Allen: Doesn't make it past first period
Allen allowed three goals on six shots from the Canucks in Sunday's 6-1 home loss. He was replaced by Chad Johnson after 14:06 between the pipes.
Allen worked a 1-0 shutout over the Jets on Friday, but the Canucks chased him from the net early in this one. The first two goals that he permitted were rather fluky, as Brock Boeser's shot went up off the glass and off Allen's back, and then allied skater Jay Bouwmeester deflected an Elias Pettersson shot into his own goal. Allen's third goal was simply the result of a nice breakaway chance involving Pettersson and Boeser with 5:55 remaining in the first frame. Allen's record now stands at 8-8-4 to go along with a 3.11 GAA and .900 save percentage through 22 games. Those numbers aren't all that great, but in fairness, scoring is up across the board this year.... See More ... See Less
Blues' Jaden Schwartz: Stays out Sunday
Schwartz (upper body) won't play in Sunday's game versus the Canucks, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Schwartz will remain on injured reserve and miss his 11th straight game. Due to his absence, youngsters Jordan Kyrou and Zachary Sanford will work on the top line. Schwartz will look to shake his injury before Tuesday's game versus the Panthers.... See More ... See Less
Blues' Jake Allen: Tending twine Sunday
Allen will start in the home crease Sunday versus the Canucks, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Allen is coming off his first shutout of the season -- a 26-save effort against the Jets. He draws a favorable matchup against the Canucks, who rank 22nd in the league at 2.84 goals per game. Even if Allen has another stellar outing, he may still take a loss if the Blues can't turn around their offensive woes after scoring just four goals in the last three games.... See More ... See Less
Blues' David Perron: Will watch from press box Sunday
Perron will be a healthy scratch during Sunday's home game versus the Jets, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.
Perron has occasionally been benched during games this year, but this will be the first time he serves as a healthy scratch. The Blues hope this doesn't start a trend since Perron signed a four-year, $16 million contract at the start of the season. Jordan Kyrou will enter the lineup in his place.... See More ... See Less
Blues' Vladimir Tarasenko: Off top line and slumping
Tarasenko has zero points and a minus-4 rating in the last three games.
Tarasenko has been dropped from the top line, which means he no longer works with Ryan O'Reilly. The Russian sniper wasn't demoted due to his poor play -- he had goals in three straight games before getting bumped down -- but the Blues' forward ranks are littered with injuries and shifting him down helps balance the lines. He'll look to turn it around Sunday against the Canucks, who have allowed the sixth-most goals at 3.42 per game.... See More ... See Less
Blues' Colton Parayko: Scores only goal of night
Parayko scored a power-play goal in Friday's 1-0 win over the Jets.
His second-period tally proved to be the only offense Jake Allen would need on the night. Parayko has only five goals and eight points in 27 games on the season, but he's been making his offense count -- three of his goals have been game-winners.... See More ... See Less
Blues' Jake Allen: Grounds Jets for eighth win
Allen stopped all 26 shots he faced in Friday's 1-0 win over the Jets.
It's his eighth win, and first shutout, of the season. The Blues' offensive struggles haven't done much for Allen's overall record (8-7-4) but he's been providing some strong performances for them lately, posting a .934 save percentage over his last 10 games.... See More ... See Less
Blues' Alexander Steen: Ready to rock
Steen (concussion) is healthy and will play in Friday's game versus the Jets, Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Steen has missed the last two games due to a concussion but is ready now. He's expected to slot into the second line with Brayden Schenn and Vladimir Tarasenko as well as the second power-play unit. Steen holds serviceable fantasy value with 11 points and 38 shots on goal in 18 games.... See More ... See Less
Blues' Alexander Steen: Game-time call
Updating a previous report, Steen (concussion) will be a game-time decision against the Jets on Friday.
According to Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Steen should be able to give it a go on the second line with Brayden Scheenn and Vladimir Tarasenko, but an official team source cautions that the veteran winger's status will come down to warmups. If you're depending on Steen in the fantasy realm, we reccomending finalizing your daily lineups as close to puck drop as possibile to account for his potential absence.... See More ... See Less
Blues' Jake Allen: Gets starting nod versus Winnipeg
Allen will be between the pipes on the road against the Jets on Friday, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
In his previous three clashes with Winnipeg this season, Allen is 0-1-1 with a disastrous 4.92 GAA and .833 save percentage. Given his recent history, it's a little surprising the club doesn't want to give Chad Johnson a shot at grounding the Jets.... See More ... See Less