Former St. Louis Blues Chris Stewart and Matt D’Agostini could both be in the lineup for the Buffalo Sabres tonight when the puck drops at Scottrade Center.
Stewart has been day-to-day with a high ankle sprain since sustaining the injury March 7 in a loss to the Panthers and was on the ice with the Sabres this morning but won’t be out there tonight, though you know he’d love to get after his former team, having been part of the deal that brought Ryan Miller and Steve Ott to St. Louis.
D’Agostini is playing with his third team since being traded from the Blues last season to Pittsburgh. He started the 2013-24 campaign as a free-agent signing in New Jersey and was traded to the Sabres at this season’s trade deadline.
Both Stewie and Dags were well liked by their teammates while in St. Louis but both play a feisty style of hockey and it will be interesting to see how much chirping and roughing go on between the current Blues and their old ‘mates.
Similarly, Ott, Buffalo’s former captain will be facing friends but as we’ve seen countless other times in the NHL, intra-squad friendships are put on hold once players enter the rink. Miller won’t play but is okay with watching this one from the bench, as he told St. Louis’s Lou Korac yesterday:
“It’s fine,” Miller said after practice Wednesday. “There will be a lot of time to worry about that later. This year it’s pretty fresh leaving that situation, so maybe it’s just a full break, get [Elliott] in there.”
Jordan Leopold is slightly more removed from being a Sabre, but he too came to St. Louis via Buffalo, traded at last year’s deadline. He’ll be playing his first game since early February after healing up from his own high-ankle sprain.
The Blues should easily handle one of the worst teams in the league tonight but as always, opponents come out gunning for the top clubs, especially on the road. Here’s hoping Brian Elliott is ready to dominate in net and the boys don’t take Buffalo for granted.
GO BLUES! LONG LIVE THE NOTE!