Blues enforcer D.J. King played one game last year before dislocating his shoulder and missing the rest of the season. That game was against the Dallas Stars on October 16th, 2008 … And now, on October 24th, 2009, D.J. King will return to the lineup to play his first NHL game in a year against that same team: Dallas.
King came back and was healthy during training camp this Summer, but then dislocated his thumb which put him out for a couple weeks. After that he was sent to Peoria for a two-week conditioning stint, and in 5 games with the Rivermen, King picked up an assist, was a +2 and beat Milwaukee’s Triston Grant in a fight.
King was called up earlier this week, and now with T.J. Oshie out, King will finally get into the lineup tonight to prove himself as a legit NHL heavyweight once again. I’ll share some quotes that he said to the media because I’m sure he’s really itching to get out there:
“I can’t wait to get out there . . . it’s been a long time,” King said.
King injured his shoulder in his first game last year and missed the rest of the season. He dislocated his thumb in training camp this year and missed a couple of weeks. When King was ready to play, the Blues sent him to Peoria on a two-week conditioning stint. He played five games.
“It was good . . . it was a long time since I played in a game,” King said. “As it went on, I feel like I got better and better. My role is pretty simple, so I just stayed up and down the wall. Gradually I worked on handling the puck a little more and doing cycles . . . I felt alright.”
Now he’s ready to get back into the Blues’ lineup.
“Yeah, for sure,” King said. “I’m just going to keep coming to the rink everyday, work hard and wait for my chance to get in there. It’s been a long time . . . I’m just eager to play.”
Both King and Janssen will be in the lineup, so Stars enforcer Krys Barch will have his hands full. I will be there and I’m hoping King gets into a fight to get back into the groove of things, because when healthy, he is one of the top 10 fighters in the NHL.
After a good win last night vs. Minnesota, hopefully the Blues can go for two in a row here in front of what should be a loud crowd at the Scottrade Center. Ty Conklin is expected to get the start for the Blues I believe. The Blues currently stand at 4-3-1 and Dallas is 4-2-4 so it should be a good game.