The last time we saw T.J. Oshie, he was barely able to skate off the ice under his own power after taking a nasty headshot from Michael Rupp of the Minnesota Wild. Here’s a look at the hit in case you missed it. It’s also worth nothing that the NHL handed Rupp a four-game suspension for his late, high strike on Oshie.
The forward was back out on the ice today as the Blues held an optional practice just a few days before the opening game of their First Round matchup against the Chicago Blackhawks.
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) April 15, 2014
Oshie reportedly said that he felt fine after spending some time at the rink, but added that he’ll still need doctor’s clearance before suiting up for an actual game.
Oshie says that he’s ready to play, but it’s up to the doctors. #stlblues
— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) April 15, 2014
The Blues will open their playoff series against Chicago on Thursday. Head coach Ken Hitchcock is staying quiet about who could play and who will miss out on Game One, but Oshie seems to be on track. That’s speculation on our part, but Oshie wouldn’t be taking drills out on the ice if he had sustained a concussion at the hands of Rupp.
Oshie is one of several St. Louis players that have question marks by their names for Game One. Eight regulars sat out when the Blues took on the Detroit Red Wings in their final game of the season—a depleted lineup that was shutout for the second straight game for the first time since 2011.
Getting Oshie and his 60 points back into the lineup and at 100% would clearly bode well for St. Louis.