As of now, Andy McDonald will make his highly anticipated return after 51 games when the Blues take the ice at home against the San Jose Sharks tonight. All season long, the Blues have been known for their fantastic defense and goaltending, which has yielded a league leading 1.9 goals against average. However, as the February 27 trade deadline looms, the Blues have to be wondering what their team could be like if they improved on their 2.5 goals per game, which is currently ranked 21st in the league. The Blues could be an unstoppable force capable of breezing through the playoffs with a proven goal scorer. If McDonald, who scored 20 goals and had 30 assists last season, comes back as good as we’ve seen him been, then maybe the Blues won’t have to make any moves and possibly lose some of their current depth. All of Blues Nation is looking to see what McDonald brings back to the table. McDonald will be on the second line tonight.
San Jose (30-16-6) will come to St. Louis looking to tighten their grasp on the Pacific, having to face a fearsome Blues team, fresh off their third straight win. The Blues are 3-0 against the Sharks this season and things certainly will not be easy on the road for San Jose, especially with Jaroslov Halak in goal. Halak has been absolutely wild with a seven game winning streak, and an overall record of 13-2-2 at the Scottrade Center this season. If it turns out the Blues don’t have to look far for their scoring edge, then they will undoubtedly be a whole lot more threatening to the rest of the league come April. All eyes are sure to be on McDonald tonight.
The Blues will be without Center Jason Arnott, who has a shoulder injury but skated this morning, Right Wing Matt D’Agostini, and Left Wing Alexander Steen, whose status with a concussion is still uncertain. Steen skated before practice on Friday.