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T.J. Oshie Looking Energetic, Still Might Not Play in Game Two


The St. Louis Blues managed to down the Chicago Blackhawks in an ultra dramatic Game One without one of their more clutch players in T.J. Oshie. The forward wasn’t cleared by doctors in time to play in the series-opening contest, but he seems to be getting closer and closer to action.

He was on the ice for practice this morning, and was absolutely flying by all (Twitter) accounts.

Despite Oshie’s obvious exuberance, Ken Hitchcock would not confirm or deny the forward’s ability to play in Game Two.

The most that Hitchcock has said is that he expects Oshie to be back in the lineup sometime in this quarterfinal series. The sooner the better, if last night was any indication. St. Louis couldn’t match Chicago’s line-for-line depth, and while Steve Ott filled in admirably on the top line, it was missing that extra jump that Oshie provides.

We probably won’t know if Oshie has been cleared or not until just before Game Two, but if all forward motion is progress, than it seems like he’s getting close. Going up 1-0 without him was a big step. Going up 2-0 with him would be even bigger.

 

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  • ron ban

    He’ll probably be in and they know it, the ‘non committal’ part is most probably just the usual NHL PlayOff hockey gamesmanship, ie : keep the Hawks guessing….