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Miller and the Blues lose in OT | 04/24/2014 3:27 AM
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Ryan Miller allowed four goals on 34 shots in St. Louis' 4-3 overtime loss to Chicago in Game 4 of their opening round playoff series.
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Impact
Miller couldn't do much for Chicago's goals so you can't really blame him for the loss. Miller now has a 2.24 goals-against average and .914 save percentage in the postseason. Look for him to start also in Game 5 on Friday night.
Tarasenko scores twice in loss | 04/24/2014 3:21 AM
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Vladimir Tarasenko scored two goals in St. Louis 4-3 overtime loss to Chicago Wednesday night at United Center and the playoff series is now tied at 2-2.
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Tarasenko scored his third and fourth goal of this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs, but it wasn't enough for the Blues. Maxim Lapierre also scored for the Blues in the loss.
Brenden Morrow is done for the first round | 04/23/2014 2:33 PM
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Brenden Morrow (foot) will not be available for the remainder of the first round.
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Impact
Morrow has been dealing with a foot injury throughout the series, but he was able to play on Thursday and Monday. He had 13 goals and 25 points in 71 games in 2013-14.
David Backes misses Blues' morning skate | 04/23/2014 2:05 PM
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David Backes (upper body) didn't skate with the Blues on Wednesday.
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Impact
Backes hasn't been ruled out for Game 3 yet, but we would be surprised if he ended up playing. He was sidelined because of a high hit from Brent Seabrook during Saturday's game.
David Backes might be available for Game 4 | 04/23/2014 10:57 AM
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The status of David Backes will be made clearer after Wednesday's morning skate.
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"No update," coach Ken Hitchcock said Tuesday. "We'll let you know (today)." There's a chance that he could be back in the lineup for Game 4 after he was leveled by an illegal hit from Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook this past Saturday.
Blues ease Patrik Berglund back into lineup | 04/22/2014 10:09 AM
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Patrik Berglund logged just 11:01 of ice time in his return to the lineup on Monday night in Game 3.
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He played with Ryan Reaves and Brenden Morrow in the contest. "You're walking into a hornets' nest and that's why we're starting him a little bit on the lower side of the roster, to see where he's at from being able to keep up mentally," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "I think the first game back for [T.J. Oshie] was really rich, walking into something like that. We expect the same for Bergy." Berglund won 5-of-8 faceoffs and finished with a minus-1 rating in the Blues' 2-0 loss to Chicago.
Ryan Miller's one mistake costly vs. Hawks | 04/22/2014 12:01 AM
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Ryan Miller made one early miscue against the Blackhawks Monday, but it cost him dearly as the Blue slost a 2-0 decision in Game 3 of their opening round playoff series.
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Impact
Miller allowed Chicago captain Jonathan Toews to score on a weak wrester early in the first period and although he was perfect the rest of the way, the damage had been done. All told, Miller stopped 23 of 24 shots in the defeat, but was saddled with his first loss of the postseason.
Kevin Shattenkirk held pointless in loss | 04/21/2014 11:57 PM
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Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk was held without a point Monday as the Blues dropped a 2-0 decision to Chicago in Game 3 of their opening round playoff series.
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Impact
Shattenkirk had recorded points in each of the Blues' first two games, but the streak came to an end with the shutout posted by the Hawks on this night. The blueliner did manage to fire three shots on goal despite the losing effort.
Brenden Morrow will return Monday for Gm 3 | 04/21/2014 6:20 PM
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Brenden Morrow will be back in the fold for St. Louis on Monday night.
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Impact
He was dealing with a foot issue going into the playoff and it caused him to miss Game 2 on Saturday. He's projected to play with Patrik Berglund and Ryan Reaves.
Blues to scratch Derek Roy in Game 3 | 04/21/2014 6:12 PM
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Derek Roy will be a healthy scratch in Game 3.
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Impact
Patrik Berglund will return to the lineup on Monday night, so Roy will take a seat in the press box. Roy has one assist and six shots in two games versus Chicago. He was limited to just 10:48 of ice time in Saturday's contest.
David Backes won't play Monday vs. Blackhawks | 04/21/2014 3:06 PM
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David Backes won't play in Game 3 on Monday with what is believed to be an upper-body injury.
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Impact
The Blues aren't saying much about his status, but it was confirmed that he wouldn't play in Game 3 after he received an illegal check from Chicago's Brent Seabrook on Saturday.
Blues will get Patrik Berglund back in Game 3 | 04/21/2014 2:58 PM
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Patrik Berglund (upper body) will play Monday in Game 3.
Lou Korac on Twitter

Impact
He missed the last regular season game and the Blues' first two playoff games with an upper-body injury. Berglund was between Ryan Reaves and Brenden Morrow during the morning skate.
Chris Porter scores in Saturday's win | 04/20/2014 11:06 AM
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Chris Porter scored a goal in St. Louis' 4-3 overtime win on Saturday.
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Impact
Porter wasn't able to find the back of the net in 22 games with St. Louis in the regular season. He now has two goals and three points in eight career playoff contests.
Barret Jackman gets game-winner Saturday | 04/20/2014 11:01 AM
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Barret Jackman was the unlikely hero in St. Louis' 4-3 overtime win against Chicago on Saturday.
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Jackman scored 5:50 minutes into the overtime period, to give St. Louis a 2-0 series lead. He's a solid defensive defenseman, but this was just his second playoff goal in 29 career contests. As it happens, both of his markers proved to be game winners.
Tarasenko's dramatic goal turns tide vs Hawks | 04/20/2014 10:58 AM
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Vladimir Tarasenko scored with just 6.4 seconds left in regulation time to send Game 2 against Chicago to overtime.
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Impact
That led to St. Louis earning its second straight overtime victory against Chicago. Tarasenko is on a four-game goal scoring streak, dating back to the regular season.
Shattenkirk helps Blues land 2-0 series lead | 04/19/2014 6:59 PM
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Kevin Shattenkirk propelled the St. Louis Blues to a 4-3 overtime victory over Chicago in Game 2 on Saturday.
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Impact
He registered a goal and two assists in the match. Shattenkirk played 27 minutes in the contest and 11:13 of that ice time came on the power play. Barret Jackman netted the game-winning 5:50 into the extra session, while Vladimir Tarasenko and Chris Porter also scored for the Blues in the win. Vladimir Sobotka picked up two helpers in the contest.
Ryan Miller picks up another OT victory | 04/19/2014 6:47 PM
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Ryan Miller stopped 23 of 26 shots in a 4-3 overtime win over Chicago in Game 2 on Saturday afternoon.
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He allowed two goals on seven shots in the third period, but his teammates bailed him out with a game-tying marker with just seven seconds remaining in regulation. Miller has had some anxious moments in the series, but he has played well for spurts as well. The Blues have a 2-0 series lead.
David Backes not out for start of OT | 04/19/2014 6:18 PM
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David Backes didn't start overtime with his regular wingers.
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Impact
It's unclear if he'll be able to return to Saturday's contest after he was rocked on a hit by Chicago's Brent Seabrook. The incident occurred at the 15:09 mark of the third period. Steve Ott opened the extra session between T.J. Oshie and Alexander Steen.
Brenden Morrow (foot) may sit Saturday | 04/19/2014 3:06 PM
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Brenden Morrow was able to play in Game 1 Thursday night, but he might be out for Saturday afternoon's match.
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Impact
He is still thought to be dealing with a foot issue and he didn't take part in the pregame skate. T.J. Oshie appears to be ready to return, so he might be taking Morrow's spot in the lineup.
T.J. Oshie in pregame warmup, likely to play | 04/19/2014 2:46 PM
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T.J. Oshie (upper body) is participating in the pregame warmup.
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Impact
He's doing line rushes with David Backes and Alexander Steen, so it looks like he'll be back in the lineup after missing Game 1 and the last two games of the regular season with an upper-body injury.
Blues' T.J. Oshie questionable for Game 2 | 04/19/2014 1:11 PM
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T.J. Oshie (upper body) is questionable to play in Game 2 on Saturday afternoon.
Lou Korac on Twitter

Impact
Coach Ken Hitchcock wouldn't confirm Oshie's status, so there's a chance that he could play. He expects Oshie and Patrik Berglund to play by Game 4, though.
Vladimir Tarasenko excels in his return | 04/19/2014 12:07 PM
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Vladimir Tarasenko was excellent during his first game back in St. Louis' lineup in Game 1 on Thursday.
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Impact
He scored a goal and recorded seven shots in the Blues' 4-3 triple overtime victory versus Chicago. Tarasenko was playing in his first game since Mar. 15 after being sidelined with a hand injury. He's quickly gaining a reputation across the league as a dangerous scoring threat. "He creates a lot with his speed and skill," Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford said. "He does have a really hard shot and a quick release. He's definitely a guy who I'm aware of every time he gets on the ice. I know exactly where he is."
Porter does his best to secure lineup spot | 04/19/2014 11:58 AM
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Chris Porter recorded an assist and seven shots in Thursday's triple overtime win against Chicago.
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Impact
If T.J. Oshie or Patrik Berglund is able to return in Game 2 then there's a chance that Porter or Adam Cracknell could be taken out of the lineup after they both played very well in Game 1.
Adam Cracknell could be an odd man out | 04/19/2014 11:46 AM
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Adam Cracknell had a goal and five hits in Game 1's triple overtime win over Chicago.
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Impact
Unfortunately for Cracknell, he could be taken out of the lineup for Game 2 if the Blues are able to get some players back from injury list.
T.J. Oshie probably won't return Saturday | 04/18/2014 4:30 PM
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T.J. Oshie (upper body) is doubtful for Game 2 on Saturday.
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Impact
Oshie has been skating, but still needs to be cleared for contact drills. He had 21 goals and 60 points in 79 games in 2013-14.
Bouwmeester fine after missing second OT | 04/18/2014 4:13 PM
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Jay Bouwmeester is fine despite missing the second overtime period of the Blues' 4-3 triple overtime win.
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Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said Bouwmeester missed the period due to dehydration. Bouwmeester logged 29:16 minutes in the contest.
Leopold dresses as Blues 6th d-man | 04/18/2014 1:44 PM
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Even though he played in only three of the Blues' last 25 games of the regular season, Jordan Leopold dressed as St. Louis' sixth defenseman in Game 1 against the Blackhawks Thursday night.
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Impact
Leopold was injured for much of the season but appears fine right now and will play ahead of both Carlo Colaiacovo and Ian Cole for the time being.
Ott plays on top line with Steen and Backes | 04/18/2014 1:41 PM
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With T.J. Oshie out, St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock started Steve Ott on the top line with David Backes and Alex Steen.
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Impact
It seemed to work out fine as the Blues defeated the Hawks in overtime and the Backes line was very effective. Look for Ott to continue to play alongside Backes and Steen until Oshie returns.
T.J. Oshie (upper body) is on the ice Friday | 04/18/2014 1:37 PM
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T.J. Oshie is skating Friday morning with a few players who did not play Thursday night against Chicago.
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Impact
He has been skating on his own this week as he awaits clearance to participate in contact practices. At least Oshie seems to be getting closer to a return. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Berglund skating Friday morning | 04/18/2014 1:34 PM
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Patrick Berglund (upper-body injury) is skating Friday morning.
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Impact
Of course that doesn't mean he will play Saturday in Game 2 against Chicago, but it is a good sign. Consider Berglund day-to-day for now and check back with Saturday as to whether he will suit up in Game 2.
Blues have a bit of history on their side | 04/18/2014 12:19 PM
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The St. Louis Blues' 4-3 win over Chicago was the eighth time in history that Game 1 of a first round series went to triple overtime.
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Impact
The last seven times, the team that took Game 1 ended up claiming the series. Obviously, that's a small sample size and a very unusual scenario, but it's a neat little factoid for Blues fans.
Ryan Miller stands tall in OT win over Hawks | 04/18/2014 12:44 AM
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Ryan Miller was excellent in goal for the Blues Thursday night as they outlasted Chicago to earn a 4-3 triple-overtime win in Game 1 of their opening round playoff series.
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Impact
Miller allowed three goals on 42 shots in the victory, during which he played over 100 grueling minutes. Given how well he performed in this playoff opener, the Blues are certainly happy to have acquired him when they did.
Alex Steen ends marathon OT to lift Blues | 04/18/2014 12:41 AM
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Alexander Steen's goal 26 seconds into the third overtime period gave the Blues a 4-3 win over Chicago in Game 1 of their first round playoff series Thursday night.
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Impact
Steen knocked a nifty little pass from Steve Ott into the back of the net soon after the third extra frame began and sent the Blues fans home happy. Adam Cracknell, Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz also scored for St. Louis in the thrilling victory. If the rest of the series is as exciting as this game, it could lead to widespread heart attacks for fans of both teams.
Vladimir Sobotka will play Thursday night | 04/17/2014 1:47 PM
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Vladimir Sobotka (lower body) will be in the lineup for Game 1 on Thursday night.
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Impact
He'll center St. Louis' second line against Chicago with Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz as his wingers. Sobotka sat out two games to end the regular season with a lower-body injury.
David Backes will dress in Game 1 Thursday | 04/17/2014 1:43 PM
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David Backes (foot) will play Thursday in St. Louis' playoff opener.
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Impact
He participated in Wednesday's practice after not skating on Tuesday. Backes missed three games to close out the regular season with a foot injury. He'll start out Thursday's contest between Steve Ott and Alexander Steen.
Blues get Vladimir Tarasenko back Thursday | 04/17/2014 1:04 PM
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Vladimir Tarasenko (hand) will suit up for the Blues on Thursday night against Chicago in their playoff opener.
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Impact
He was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, here he skated with Vladimir Sobotka and Jaden Schwartz. Tarasenko hasn't played since Mar. 15 because of a hand injury, which required surgery to repair.
Patrik Berglund out for playoff opener | 04/17/2014 12:55 PM
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As expected, Patrik Berglund (upper body) has been ruled out for Thursday's playoff opener against Chicago.
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Impact
He didn't play in the Blues' last game of the regular season and he isn't ready to return.
T.J. Oshie (upper body) won't play in Game 1 | 04/17/2014 12:50 PM
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T.J. Oshie (upper body) won't play in Game 1 against Chicago on Thursday.
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Impact
He missed the last two games of the regular season after receiving an illegal check to the head from Minnesota's Michael Rupp. Oshie has been skating with the Blues, but he hasn't been cleared for contact yet.
T.J. Oshie not cleared for contact yet | 04/16/2014 12:28 PM
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T.J. Oshie (upper body) hasn't been cleared for contact yet.
Andy Strickland on Twitter

Impact
Oshie hasn't been ruled out for Game 1 on Thursday, but it would still be a bit surprising if he ends up returning that soon. That being said, the Blues think he'll be back before the end of the first round.
Trio of Blues miss practice, including Backes | 04/16/2014 10:18 AM
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David Backes (foot) didn't skate Tuesday.
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Patrik Berglund (upper body) and Vladimir Sobotka (lower body) were also absent from the session. St. Louis hosts Chicago in Game 1 of their opening-round series on Thursday, so the wounded Blues still have some time to get healthy.
Brenden Morrow might be back on Thursday | 04/15/2014 3:49 PM
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Brenden Morrow (foot) didn't want to rule himself out for Game 1 on Thursday.
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Impact
Morrow was on the ice Tuesday. "I got a couple of days to get a little better," Morrow said. "So I've got to knock the rust off." He had 25 points and 76 penalty minutes in 71 games in 2013-14.
Oshie skates, questionable Thursday | 04/15/2014 3:47 PM
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T.J. Oshie (upper body) skated on Tuesday.
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Impact
"It felt good to get around, sweat a little bit," Oshie said. "It feels like I haven't been doing anything in a long time." He didn't rule out the possibility of him playing in Game 1. Oshie had 21 goals and 60 points in 79 games this season.
Vladimir Tarasenko (hand) might return soon | 04/15/2014 3:45 PM
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The St. Louis Blues think Vladimir Tarasenko (hand) will be available before the end of the first round.
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Impact
Tarasenko had the cast on his injured hand taken off on Monday. He has been sidelined for about a month.
Patrik Berglund unlikely to play Thurs. night | 04/14/2014 6:21 PM
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Patrik Berglund (upper body) isn't expected to play in Game 1 against Chicago on Thursday night.
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Impact
He sat out Sunday's game with an upper-body injury after he was hurt on Friday. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Alex Pietrangelo is expected to play Thursday | 04/14/2014 6:19 PM
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Alex Pietrangelo didn't play Sunday because of an undisclosed injury, but he's expected to play in the Blues' postseason opener.
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Impact
The series begins in St. Louis on Thursday against Chicago. Pietrangelo amassed 51 points in 81 games from the back end in 2013-14.
Vladimir Sobotka should be available for Gm 1 | 04/14/2014 6:16 PM
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Vladimir Sobotka is slated to be available for Game of the Blues' first-round series versus Chicago.
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Impact
He missed the final two games of the regular season with a lower-body injury. We should know more about his status when the Blues get back to practicing.
David Backes (foot) could play in Game 1 | 04/14/2014 6:13 PM
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David Backes (foot) should be ready to play in St. Louis' playoff opener Thursday night.
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Impact
The Blues didn't skate Monday so there weren't any injury updates, but it's expected that Backes will be available. He sat out the last three games of the regular season with a foot injury.
T.J. Oshie should be back for playoff opener | 04/14/2014 6:11 PM
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T.J. Oshie (upper body) is expected to be available for Game 1 against Chicago on Thursday night.
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Impact
The Blues didn't practice on Monday, but he could be back after missing the last two games of the regular season with an upper-body injury. We should know more after the team resumes skating.
Ty Rattie heads back to the minors | 04/14/2014 2:11 PM
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Ty Rattie was returned to the minors after Sunday's regular season finale.
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Impact
He dressed in his second NHL game against Detroit. Rattie had one shot during his 10:46 of ice time.
Jay Bouwmeester appears in all 82 games again | 04/14/2014 2:08 PM
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Jay Bouwmeester suited up in all 82 games for the ninth time in his career this season.
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Impact
He has an ironman streak of 717 consecutive games played. This will be Bouwmeester's second trip to the playoffs after he made his playoff debut last year with the Blues.
Ryan Miller seeks rebound in postseason | 04/14/2014 2:00 PM
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Ryan Miller will be looking to get back on track in the playoffs.
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Impact
"Obviously it's been a tough stretch as far as goals-against, but I don't feel like I'm in a really bad place," Miller said. "I feel like I'm in a pretty good place, honestly. ...I can compete. I just have to worry about battling and competing. It was going to be the same job no matter what. Once you get to the playoffs everybody's at zeros, so compete." He owns a 10-8-1 record with a 2.47 GAA and a .903 save percentage since joining the Blues, but he lost five games in a row to end the regular season and allowed 18 goals over that span.
Steen searches for first goal since return | 04/13/2014 3:20 PM
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Alexander Steen had just one shot on goal in the Blues' 3-0 loss on Sunday.
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Impact
Steen hasn't found the back of the net since returning from an upper-body injury on April 8. All the same, this has been by far the best season of his career with 33 goals and 62 points in 67 contests.
Ryan Miller suffers sixth straight loss | 04/13/2014 3:17 PM
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Ryan Miller kicked out 18 of 21 shots in a 3-0 loss to Detroit on Sunday.
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Impact
Miller allowed a goal in each period of the season finale. He's allowed at least three goals in six consecutive games and has lost of all them. The Blues have to hope that their regular season slump doesn't carry into the playoffs, especially seeing as they will face the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks in the first round.
Derek Roy returns for season finale | 04/13/2014 12:28 PM
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Derek Roy (undisclosed) has returned from an undisclosed injury.
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Impact
Roy missed Friday's game due to the ailment. He has nine goals and 37 points in 74 games in 2013-14.
Morrow injury could sideline him for a while | 04/12/2014 1:52 PM
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Though most injured Blues' players should be ready to start the playoffs, Brenden Morrow may not be one of them.
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Impact
His foot injury is probably the most serious of the team's injuries at the moment. Keep that in mind when drafting in your playoff pools.
Berglund out with shoulder injury | 04/12/2014 1:46 PM
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Patrick Berglund left Friday night's 3-0 loss to the Stars in the third period with an apparent shoulder injury.
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Impact
Not good news for an already injury-plagued roster. Judging by Blues' coach Ken Hitchcock's reaction, Berglund will not play Sunday against Detroit and may in fact not be ready for the playoffs. Stay tuned for further updates.
Ryan Miller and Blues' struggles continue | 04/11/2014 11:48 PM
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Ryan Miller allowed three goals on 40 shots, but the Blues could not manage any offense in a 3-0 loss to Dallas on Friday night.
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Impact
The Blues have now lost five straight, while Miller has been weak during his past four starts. He is 0-4 during the slump and has allowed 15 goals combined in the four games. The Blues will hope to end the season on a high note on Sunday in Detroit. Miller falls to 10-7-1-1 with St. Louis this season.
Steve Ott, Blues lose fifth straight | 04/11/2014 11:45 PM
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Steve Ott and the Blues were shut out by the Stars on Friday night, losing for the fifth straight game and essentially losing their grip on the Central Division.
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Impact
The Blues will need to beat the Red Wings on Sunday and the Avalanche to lose their final to games to have any shot at the division title. Steve Ott has struggled significantly since the trade from Buffalo, as the feisty 31 year old has just three assists and is a -12 in 22 games with his new club.
Ty Rattie is set to make his NHL debut | 04/11/2014 1:19 PM
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Ty Rattie has been promoted by the St. Louis Blues.
Jeremy Rutherford on Twitter

Impact
The Blues are missing a handful of their forwards, so they needed reinforcements. Friday's contest will be Rattie's NHL debut after he scored 29 goals and 46 points in 69 AHL games this season.
Vladimir Sobotka out with undisclosed injury | 04/11/2014 1:17 PM
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Vladimir Sobotka has sustained an undisclosed injury.
Jeremy Rutherford on Twitter

Impact
Sobotka is one of several Blues players being held out of Friday's game as they prepare for the playoffs. He has 33 points and 72 penalty minutes in 61 games in 2013-14.
Derek Roy is battling an undisclosed injury | 04/11/2014 1:15 PM
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Derek Roy is dealing with an undisclosed injury.
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Impact
Roy has nine goals and 37 points in 74 games this season. Although the Blues are still competing for playoff positioning, their main concern at this point is the playoffs. With that in mind, it's possible that they're simply resting Roy over a minor ailment.
Brenden Morrow isn't available Friday | 04/11/2014 1:13 PM
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Brenden Morrow (foot) won't play on Friday.
Mark Stepneski on Twitter

Impact
Morrow suffered the ailment during Thursday's morning skate. He was able to take part in the Blues' pregame warmup on Thursday, but was still held out of that contest. It wouldn't be surprising if the Blues were erring heavily on the side of caution with the playoffs just around the corner.
T.J. Oshie (upper body) is out Friday night | 04/11/2014 1:11 PM
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T.J. Oshie (upper body) will not be available on Friday.
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Impact
Oshie has 21 goals and 60 points in 79 games this season. He absorbed a high hit from Michael Rupp on Thursday.
St. Louis calls up Keith Aucoin | 04/11/2014 1:09 PM
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Keith Aucoin has been summoned by the St. Louis Blues.
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Impact
Aucoin has 11 goals and 40 points in 60 games in 2013-14. He will make his St. Louis Blues debut on Friday.
St. Louis promotes Adam Cracknell | 04/11/2014 1:08 PM
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Adam Cracknell has been called up by the St. Louis Blues.
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Impact
Cracknell will take part in Friday's game. He has two assists in 17 games with St. Louis this season.
Blues list T.J. Oshie as 'day-to-day' for now | 04/11/2014 10:29 AM
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Coach Ken Hitchcock labeled T.J. Oshie as day-to-day after he absorbed a high hit from Minnesota's Michael Rupp on Thursday night.
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Impact
Rupp received a match penalty on the play and he'll probably face supplemental discipline from the league. Oshie had difficulty getting up after the hit and his night ended after playing 11:06 of ice time.
Ryan Miller will look to rebound vs. Dallas | 04/11/2014 10:23 AM
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Ryan Miller is expected to start Friday against Dallas.
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Impact
Miller was pulled in Thursday's 4-2 loss to Minnesota after he surrendered four goals on 13 shots. He has permitted four goals against in four of his past five games and all of those outings have ended up in losses. His other appearance was a 1-0 shootout win over Philadelphia.
Brenden Morrow suffers foot injury Thursday | 04/11/2014 10:17 AM
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Brenden Morrow suffered a foot injury during Thursday's morning skate.
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Impact
He appeared to be OK afterward and took part in the pregame warmup, but felt some discomfort and ended up sitting out Thursday's loss to Minnesota. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Jaden Schwartz scores 25th in loss to Wild | 04/11/2014 1:18 AM
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St. Louis forward Jaden Schwartz scored a shorthanded marker for the Blues in a 4-2 loss to Minnesota Thursday night.
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Impact
The young winger has taken a significant step forward this year and has become an integral part of the Blues offense. Kevin Shattenkirk added a power play tally in the defeat, which was his 10th of the season.
Ryan Miller struggles in loss to Wild | 04/11/2014 1:14 AM
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Ryan Miller experienced difficulties in Thursday's 4-2 loss to the Wild.
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Impact
Miller allowed four goals on just 13 shots in the loss before he was replaced by Brian Elliott. For his part, Elliott had to make only two saves over the final 15 minutes of the game. Miller's record with the Blues now falls to 10-6-1 thanks to three straight defeats.
David Backes may be out until the playoffs | 04/10/2014 5:49 PM
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David Backes has been seen wearing a walking boot and he may not be available to play before the regular season is over.
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Impact
"He is going to be out for potentially three games and then play," said coach Ken Hitchcock, suggesting that Backes could be ready when the playoffs begin. He was injured Tuesday night after his left foot was struck by a shot from teammate Alexander Steen.
Ryan Miller will start vs. Wild on Thursday | 04/09/2014 1:49 PM
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Ryan Miller will start against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday.
Lou Korac on Twitter

Impact
Miller has lost his last two starts and has allowed eight goals over that span. The good news is that he stopped 27 of 28 shots in his last game against Minnesota.
David Backes out Thursday, possible Friday | 04/09/2014 1:48 PM
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David Backes (lower body) won't be available for Thursday's game against Minnesota.
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Impact
Backes suffered the injury when he was hit by a slap shot during Tuesday's 4-1 loss to Washington. On the plus side, he might be back on Friday. He has 57 points and 119 penalty minutes in 74 games this season.
David Backes leaves during Blues' loss to WAS | 04/09/2014 2:25 AM
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David Backes sustained a lower-body injury during the Blues' 4-1 loss to Washington on Tuesday night.
NHL.com

Impact
Backes was hit by an Alexander Steen slap shot and left the game after one more shift. The Blues' captain has 27 goals and 57 points through 74 games, and is listed as day-to-day.
Ryan Miller and Blues are on a losing streak | 04/09/2014 1:18 AM
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Ryan Miller struggled to his second straight loss on Tuesday night, a 4-1 defeat to the Washington Capitals in which he made just 18 saves.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Miller has now allowed eight goals in his past two games and 12 goals in his past three losses. The 33 year old falls to 25-27-4 on the season with a .920 save percentage and 2.29 goals against average.
Maxim Lapierre nets Blues' only goal in loss | 04/09/2014 1:14 AM
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Maxim Lapierre scored the lone goal for the Blues in a 4-1 loss to Washington on Tuesday night.
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Impact
Lapierre now has 15 points in 68 games. The Blues are struggling as they prepare for the post-season, losing three straight and firm control of the Central Division as Colorado has come within two points.
Alexander Steen (UBI) is good to go Tuesday | 04/08/2014 12:36 PM
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Alexander Steen (upper body) is ready to rejoin the Blues' lineup on Tuesday.
Blues.nhl.com on Twitter

Impact
Steen was out for three straight contests due to the ailment. St. Louis has been going through a mini-slump offensively, so the timing of Steen's return is great for them.
Blues' offense has taken a hit | 04/07/2014 1:58 PM
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St. Louis has been struggling to produce offense for a while now.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Impact
The Blues rank 26th in the league with an average of 2.29 goals per game in their past 35 matches. They have been a little worse since Vladimir Tarasenko got injured. In the 11 games he has missed, St. Louis has averaged 1.91 goals per contest.
Vladimir Sobotka scores in Sunday's loss | 04/07/2014 1:43 PM
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Vladimir Sobotka collected his ninth goal of the season on Sunday.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Impact
It was his first marker since he scored in his return to the lineup from a knee fracture back on Mar. 13. Sobotka had three assists during his 11-game goalless stretch. He also won the faceoff which led to St. Louis' other goal in Sunday's 4-2 loss to Chicago. Sobotka has 32 points in 59 games this campaign.
Jake Chelios signs PTA with AHL Chicago | 04/04/2014 2:24 PM
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The Chicago Wolves have inked Jake Chelios to a professional tryout agreement.
Chicago Tribune

Impact
The Wolves are the AHL affiliate of the St. Louis Blues. Chelios had two goals and 21 points in 36 games with Michigan State University in 2013-14. Jake is the son of Hall of Fame defenseman Chris Chelios.
Ryan Miller gets the nod on Saturday | 04/04/2014 2:22 PM
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Ryan Miller will start in Saturday's game against Colorado.
Lou Korac on Twitter

Impact
The bigger question is whether or not Miller will play again on Sunday. Miller sat out of Thursday's contest versus his old Sabres to make starting on back-to-back days a possibility.
Maxim Lapierre halts lengthy goal drought | 04/04/2014 10:04 AM
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Maxim Lapierre scored in St. Louis' 2-1 win against Buffalo on Thursday.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
He opened the scoring in the match early in the second period. Lapierre went into Thursday's contest with no goals and a mere two assists in his previous 22 games. He has eight goals, 14 points and 62 penalty minutes in 65 outings with the Blues this season.
Brenden Morrow, Blues squeak by Sabres | 04/03/2014 10:54 PM
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Brenden Morrow potted a goal for the Blues in their 2-1 win against the Sabres on Thursday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
What makes the Blues so dangerous, though they weren't fully on their game in this one, is that they can beat you up and down their lineup. Morrow's goal was his 13th of the year. Maxim Lapierre scored the other one, while Jaden Schwartz, Vladimir Sobotka and Ryan Reaves had the helpers.
Brian Elliott doesn't miss beat in rare start | 04/03/2014 10:53 PM
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Brian Elliott made 24 saves as St. Louis edged the Sabres on Thursday night 2-1.
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Impact
Elliott could probably be a starter on some teams, but with Ryan Miller in town, he makes for one of the better backups in the league. Making his first start since March 23, Elliott gave up one goal, late in the third period. He has won his last three decisions, and he has a 1.93 goals-against average and .922 save percentage this season.
Alexander Steen will sit Thursday with UBI | 04/03/2014 12:57 PM
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Alexander Steen won't play Thursday night due to an upper-body injury.
Andy Strickland on Twitter

Impact
The ailment isn't believed to be serious, which is good news. Consider him day-to-day for the time being. Steen leads the Blues with 33 goals and he's tied for first on the team with 60 points in 64 games.
Barret Jackman out Thursday due to LBI | 04/03/2014 12:53 PM
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Barret Jackman will sit out Thursday's match versus Buffalo because of a lower-body injury.
Andy Strickland on Twitter

Impact
The ailment is not considered to be serious, so consider him day-to-day for now.
Jordan Leopold (ankle) will play Thursday | 04/03/2014 12:51 PM
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Jordan Leopold will return from his ankle injury on Thursday against Buffalo.
Jeremy Rutherford on Twitter

Impact
Barret Jackman will come out of the lineup because of a lower-body injury, so Lepold will take his place. Leopold has been sidelined since Feb. 8, but he'll return in time to play against his former team.
Steve Ott looks forward to playing vs. Sabres | 04/03/2014 10:29 AM
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Steve Ott is excited to play against his former Buffalo teammates on Thursday night.
Buffalo News

Impact
"I'm looking forward to it a lot, but I'm trying to take it like any game where you have friends out there," Ott said. "I'm just going to be myself and I expect them to be the same. There's no friends on the ice, but what's said and done on the ice stays there and gets forgotten pretty quick. I'm going to play hard against them and expect them to play hard at me. You owe that to the league." Ex-Sabres netminder Ryan Miller will be on the bench for the match and Brian Elliott will start instead. Ott was the captain for Buffalo before he was shipped to St. Louis, along with Miller, just before the trade deadline.
Ryan Miller won't play against Buffalo | 04/02/2014 3:08 PM
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Ryan Miller won't play against Buffalo on Thursday night.
Buffalo News

Impact
Coach Ken Hitchcock reportedly asked Miller if he wanted to play versus his former team, but Miller is focused on playing against fellow Central Division opponents Colorado and Chicago on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. If the game was in Buffalo then Miller said that would be a different story. Backup goaltender Brian Elliott will get the nod instead.
Vladimir Tarasenko resumes on-ice work | 04/02/2014 3:01 PM
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Vladimir Tarasenko (hand) has begun skating again.
Andy Strickland on Twitter

Impact
He will work on his conditioning while his hand recovers from surgery. Tarasenko will need to be able to handle the puck and shoot before he's able to return. Depending on how far the Blues get in the playoffs, he may be able to play at some point.
Blues will start Brian Elliott on Thursday | 04/02/2014 1:26 PM
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Brian Elliott will be between the pipes for St. Louis on Thursday night.
Andy Strickland on Twitter

Impact
He will get the call against the Buffalo Sabres in his first action since he he shut out Pittsburgh on Mar. 23 with 33 stops. The Blues play Saturday and Sunday, so going with Elliott here could mean that Ryan Miller will start back-to-back games this weekend against divisional foes, Colorado and Chicago.
Magnus Paajarvi may finally stick in lineup | 04/02/2014 1:00 PM
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Magnus Paajarvi was back in the lineup on Tuesday.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Impact
He skated with Patrik Berglund and Steve Ott during a 1-0 shootout win over Philadelphia. "We've had that line play twice together and it's been very effective," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "Paajarvi is back feeling good about himself now, so we put him in and keep him going. We want to keep that line together for as much as we can here, finish the season and see how we look." In 49 games this season, Paajarvi has notched six goals and six assists. This could finally a chance for him to stick around in the Blues' lineup.
Ryan Miller picks up first shutout of season | 04/02/2014 12:11 AM
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Ryan Miller picked up his first shutout of the season, stopping 31 and another two in the shootout to lead the Blues to a 1-0 victory over Philadelphia.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Miller was coming off a loss where he allowed four goals to Dallas last week. The 33 year old is 10-3-2 since joining St. Louis, holding a .920 save percentage and 2.01 goals against average. In Buffalo, Miller's GAA was 2.72.
T.J. Oshie bails out Blues in the shootout | 04/02/2014 12:06 AM
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T.J. Oshie scored the shootout winner to save St. Louis' offense, as the Blues stole a 1-0 victory over the Flyers on Tuesday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Oshie leads the NHL with nine shootout goals on 12 attempts, as he beat Ray Emery to score his fifth shootout game-winner of the season. Oshie has 21 goals and 60 points through 74 games this season.
T.J. Oshie earns 3rd star of the week | 03/31/2014 12:48 PM
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T.J. Oshie earned the third star of the week for the period ending Mar. 30.
NHL.com

Impact
He produced four goals and six points in three games to earn the honor. Oshie registered a pair of three-point outings to give him 60 points on the year. He also picked up his first career hat track against Minnesota on Thursday.
David Backes is on a four-game point streak | 03/30/2014 10:58 AM
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David Backes had an assist in St. Louis' 4-2 loss to the Dallas Stars Saturday night.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Impact
Backes is on a four-game point streak. He now has 27 goals and 56 points in 69 games in 2013-14.
Shattenkirk sets new career-high in points | 03/30/2014 10:57 AM
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Kevin Shattenkirk had two assists in the Blues' 4-2 loss to Dallas on Saturday.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Impact
Shattenkirk established a new career-high with 44 points in 73 games. Not counting the shortened campaign, he has recorded at least 40 points in each of his first three seasons.
Ryan Miller has another off night in loss | 03/29/2014 11:08 PM
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Ryan Miller's recent struggles continued in the Blues' 4-2 loss to the Stars on Saturday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Altogether, Miller has been great since coming to the Blues. He's lost three of his last five games, which doesn't seem all that bad until you look closer. Miller has posted a sub-.880 save percentage in four of his last five contests, so he's clearly fighting it a bit right now. Miller has a 2.59 goals-against average and .921 save percentage this season. Stick with him.
Alexander Steen rolling, up to 33 goals now | 03/29/2014 11:08 PM
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Alexander Steen netted the Blues' only goals in their 4-2 loss to the Stars on Saturday night
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Steen's amazing breakout seasons continues. The 30-year-old has seven points over his last four games and 33 goals and 60 points on the season. He's been a big-time steal -- and possibly a difference-maker -- for fantasy owners this season. Kevin Shattenkirk assisted twice, while Barrett Jackman finished a team-low minus-three.
Vladimir Tarasenko close to skating again | 03/29/2014 4:45 PM
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Vladimir Tarasenko (hand) hasn't resumed skating.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Impact
He hasn't been cleared to get back on the ice yet following hand surgery, but he is getting close. Tarasenko won't be re-evaluated until the regular season is over.
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