The St. Louis Blues were missing eight regulars in their 82nd game of the 2013-14 NHL season. They’ll have six of those guys back tonight, but T.J. Oshie won’t be one of them. He’s been skating this week, but has yet to receive the doctor’s clearance needed to take part in tonight’s series opener against the Chicago Blackhawks.
— Norm Sanders (@NormSanders) April 17, 2014
On April 10, Oshie received a nasty hit to the head from Michael Rupp of the Minnesota Wild. He was forced to miss the remainder of that contest, and while it’s been reported that he didn’t sustain a concussion on the play, the Blues are going to hold him out tonight.
Here’s a look at the hit in case you missed it.
Rupp was suspended for four games by the NHL for the hit. That doesn’t help St. Louis tonight as they get ready to take on the defending Stanley Cup champions.
At this point, there’s no definite indication of how long Oshie will be on the shelf. He’s been able to take part in practices, and that’s certainly a good sign. It is concerning that doctors still have refused to give him the green light following a hit that occurred a week ago.
Head injuries can be and are tricky things though, and (obviously) Oshie’s long-term health takes precedent over one hockey game. This is just a chance for one of the other forwards to step in and step up. And it looks like that player is going to be Steve Ott.
This should be interesting, if nothing else. Who wouldn’t pay good money to watch Ott take on Jonathan Toews?