Although the Blues have been continually hit with the injury bug this season, they have managed to keep their top spot in the NHL due to their unbelievable depth. With only 9 games to play, St. Louis is looking to sure up the first seed in the West while still resting key contributors like David Backes and Jason Arnott as the Blues ready for the playoff push. Here’s a look at the key injuries to this point –
Jamie Langenbrunner – After breaking a bone in his foot on February 20th, Langenbrunner returned for the Blues on March 11 against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Since then, Langenbrunner has played in 3 games and has registered 1 goal. He is considered healthy, but don’t be surprised if he is a scratch during the last few regular season contests.
Alexander Steen- Steen has been on IR since suffering a concussion on Dec. 30, but has been showing signs of improvement lately, as he has been skating consistently and has begun non-contact practices. He will not play for the rest of the regular season, but Blues doctors are optimistic about a possible first round return that would give Steen limited ice time.
David Backes- Backes, currently nursing a bruised foot, is day-to-day and is traveling with the Blues on their 3 game road trip. He suffered the injury while blocking a shot in Saturday’s game against Tampa Bay. Look for him to play against the Ducks on Wednesday.
Andy McDonald- After coming back from a concussion suffered in November, McDonald had been healthy until suffering from a shoulder injury at Carolina on March 15th. McDonald is considered out until further notice but has not been put on IR, and he has skated for two consecutive days. Look for him to return after the road trip.
Jason Arnott- Arnott is day-to-day due to general soreness, and is likely a scratch on Wednesday night against Anaheim. Look for him to take a few more games off as the regular season comes to a close, as Hitchcock wants him to be healthy for the playoffs.
Matt D’Agostini- D’Agostini suffered a concussion on February 8th and has been on injured reserve since. He has been skating frequently, but is still showing concussion-like symptoms (dizziness, headaches) after tough workouts. Definitely will not return for regular season, but look for a possible return in the Conference Semis or Finals.