The St. Louis Blues are banged up and look mildly uninspired with two games remaining on their 2013-14 docket. With the playoffs looming, head coach Ken Hitchcock has decided to rest a few forwards. A few names on the lengthy list aren’t surprising—David Backes, Vladimir Tarasenko and T.J. Oshie all have injuries that are known to some extent.
Hitchcock is sitting a few of the other veteran forwards, however.
Here are the forwards out tonight: Backes, Oshie, Tarasenko, Sobotka, Morrow and Roy. #stlblues
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) April 11, 2014
With so many players watching from the press box, St. Louis made several calls to the Chicago Wolves of the AHL to replenish the NHL roster.
Per Hitch: Morrow, Roy, Sobotka, Oshie, Backes all out with injuries. Cracknell, Aucoin, Rattie called up. Rattie to play in 1st NHL game
— Chris Kerber (@chriskerber) April 11, 2014
With two games remaining in the regular season and the Central Division still up for grabs, it will be interesting to see how all of the new faces acclimate to the high pressure environment. The Colorado Avalanche passed the Blues in the Central standings last night, and St. Louis only has a few days to make up the difference.
If it comes down to the ROW tiebreaker, the Avalanche will win the Division. There’s also the possibility of a three-way tie with the Chicago Blackhawks that would see all three teams sitting at 111 points.
The Stars have every reason to play their best game of the season against the Blues. They can clinch a playoff spot with a win of any sort this evening. St. Louis is about to have its mettle tested.