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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.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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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.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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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.
Lou Korac Twitter

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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.
Lou Korac Twitter

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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.
Nick Cotsonika on Twitter

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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.
Rotoworld.com

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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.
Rotoworld.com

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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.
Lou Korac on Twitter

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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.
Lou Korac on Twitter

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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.
Lou Korac on Twitter

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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.
Mark Lazerus on Twitter

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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.
Andy Strickland on Twitter

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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

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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.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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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.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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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.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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"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.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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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.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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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.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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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.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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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.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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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.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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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.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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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.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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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.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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"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.
Rotoworld.com

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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.
Blues.nhl.com on Twitter

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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.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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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.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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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.
Rotoworld.com

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.
Rotoworld.com

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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

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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

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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.
Mark Stepneski on Twitter

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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

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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.
Blues.nhl.com on Twitter

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.
Blues.nhl.com on Twitter

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.
Blues.nhl.com on Twitter

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.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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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.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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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.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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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.
Rotoworld.com

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.
Rotoworld.com

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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.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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"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.
Blues.nhl.com on Twitter

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.
Rotoworld.com

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

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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.
Rotoworld.com

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

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"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

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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

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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
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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.
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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.
Colaiacovo will be scratch v Stars Saturday | 03/29/2014 1:39 PM
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Carlo Colaiacovo will not play Saturday night against Dallas as he will be a healthy scratch.
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Impact
Although he plyed with energy against the Wild Thursday night, the veteran will give way to Ian Cole against the Stars.
Paajarvi to sit in press box Saturday night | 03/29/2014 1:37 PM
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Magnus Paajarvi will be a healthy scratch Saturday night.
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Impact
He will not play against Dallas as Chris Porter will dress in his place. No real fantasy ramifications here.
Porter and Cole to draw in against Stars | 03/29/2014 1:31 PM
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Look for Chris Porter and Ian Cole to draw back into the Blues' lineup against Dallas Saturday night.
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Impact
They have been used sporadically this season but will be on the ice Saturday night according to St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock. No word on who will be sitting in their place.
Miller to start v Stars Saturday night | 03/29/2014 1:28 PM
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Ryan Miller will start in goal against the Stars Saturday night.
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Impact
He was first off the ice in Saturday morning's practice. Miller has been terrific since arriving in St. Louis and is coming off a 5-1 win over Minnesota Thursday night. Start him with confidence.
Jordan Leopold (ankle) should return soon | 03/28/2014 6:30 PM
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Jordan Leopold (ankle) is close to returning to the Blues' lineup.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Impact
Leopold has been out since Feb. 8 and has only played in 24 games this season. When he has been healthy, he's scored a goal and six points.
T.J. Oshie scores hat trick in win over Wild | 03/27/2014 11:40 PM
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Blues forward T.J. Oshie recorded a hat trick Thursday in a 5-1 defeat of the Minnesota Wild.
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Impact
The man who made a name for himself by dominating the shootout against Russia during the Olympics was superb in this game, bringing his goal total to 21 for the season. Jaden Schwartz and Brenden Morrow also scored for St. Louis in the blowout victory.
Ryan Miller still enjoying life with Blues | 03/27/2014 11:36 PM
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Ryan Miller and the Blues dismantled Minnesota Thursday night with St. Louis coming out on top of a 5-1 decision.
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Impact
Miller managed to steer away 27 of 28 shots in the victory to improve his record with the Blues to a wonderful 9-2-1. Life in St. Louis has been just peachy for the former Sabre, helping him to post a 2.03 GAA and a .918 save percentage.
Shattenkirk makes well-timed pinches v. Leafs | 03/27/2014 5:46 PM
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Kevin Shattenkirk pinched five times in Toronto on Tuesday night, according to coach Ken Hitchcock.
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Impact
Hitchcock said every time Shattenkirk kept the play alive it created a scoring chance and no odd-man rushes. "The way (Shattenkirk and Carlo Colaiacovo) pass as a pair, it makes a pretty dynamic pairing that allows that pair to hang on offense longer without risk," the Blues bench boss said. "That's helping us a lot." Shattenkirk has nine goals and 42 points in 71 games this season.
Derek Roy will return from LBI Thursday night | 03/27/2014 5:41 PM
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Derek Roy (lower body) will get back into St. Louis' lineup on Thursday night.
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Impact
He has missed the past two games with a lower-body ailment. Roy is projected to center the third line between Steve Ott and Brenden Morrow. "They've played three times together and all three games they've played really well together," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "They're three veteran guys who know how to read off each other. I want to see (the line) play consistently well before we evaluate whether to stay with it or not."
Hitchcock praises 200-foot game of Backes | 03/27/2014 12:04 PM
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Coach Ken Hitchcock doesn't think David Backes gives himself enough credit for his capabilities on offense.
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Impact
"I think that's one of the things that's really evolved in his game," Hitchcock said. "He's not just a checker, he's a guy that can play in both ends of the rink. He's very good offensively, he's underrated offensively. I think people are starting to see that." He's surpassed the 60-point mark once in his career and he's on pace to do it again in 2013-14. Backes is also four goals away from tying his personal best of 31.
Ryan Miller will start on Thursday | 03/26/2014 4:47 PM
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Ryan Miller will play between the pipes on Thursday.
Jeremy Rutherford on Twitter

Impact
The St. Louis Blues have leaned heavily on Miller since they acquired him from the Buffalo Sabres. He has a 2.12 GAA and .913 save percentage in 11 games with his new team.
T.J. Oshie sets a new career high in points | 03/26/2014 9:51 AM
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T.J. Oshie broke out of a mini slump on Tuesday night with three points in a 5-3 victory over Toronto.
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Impact
He produced a goal and two helpers after posting only one assist in his previous four outings. Oshie hit a new career high by reaching 57 points and he's one goal away from tying the personal best he set in 2011-12.
Alexander Steen racks up 3 points Tuesday | 03/26/2014 9:46 AM
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Alexander Steen generated a goal and two assists against Toronto on Tuesday night.
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Impact
His 31st marker of the season held up as the game winner. Steen co-leads the league with nine game-winning goals. He has 57 points in 61 contests.
Blues will have to carry on without Tarasenko | 03/26/2014 9:41 AM
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Coach Ken Hitchcock said the Blues are going to miss Vladimir Tarasenko's quick-strike ability.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Impact
"He's a shooter. So the game can be just meandering along and bang-bang, over. That's what he does," Hitchcock said. "He is this sudden impact offense and we're going to have to learn to adjust because we don't have that type of player, so we're going to have to find different ways to adjust." Tarasenko will be re-evaluated two weeks after the regular season. He had surgery on Mar. 21 to repair a hand injury.
Ryan Miller allows three goals in win | 03/25/2014 10:20 PM
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Ryan Miller stopped 22 of 25 shots to beat the Maple Leafs 5-3 on Tuesday night, putting to rest a two game losing skid.
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Impact
The Blues dominated this one, as Toronto was never really in the game and Miller was able to hold off a late push with the Leafs' net empty to secure the road victory. This is, however, the third straight game Miller has allowed three goals or more. To kick off his tenure in St. Louis, Miller allowed three goals just once in his first eight games prior to this three game stretch.
David Backes tricks Leafs, Blues outlast TOR | 03/25/2014 10:12 PM
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David Backes fired home a hat trick in Tuesday night's 5-3 road win over the Maple Leafs.
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Impact
Backes and his linemates T.J. Oshie and Alex Steen combined for nine points against a reeling Toronto squad. Backes now has 27 goals and 53 points through 67 games this season to go along with 14 multi-point games.
Jordan Leopold (ankle) won't return this week | 03/24/2014 6:07 PM
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Jordan Leopold (ankle) wasn't able to return Sunday and he's not expected to play until next week.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Impact
He was able to return to the ice on Monday, so he appears to be over his bout with the flu. Leopold hasn't played since Feb. 8 because of an ankle injury.
Derek Roy won't play Tuesday due to LBI | 03/24/2014 6:03 PM
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Derek Roy will miss Tuesday's game in Toronto with a lower-body injury.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Impact
He didn't play against Pittsburgh on Sunday because of the ailment. Consider him day-to-day for the time being.
Ryan Miller to face the Leafs Tuesday | 03/24/2014 4:00 PM
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Ryan Miller is slated to start Tuesday against Toronto.
Andy Strickland on Twitter

Impact
He was a Leafs killer with the Buffalo Sabres and will face them as a member of the Blues. St. Louis backup goalie Brian Elliott picked up a shutout against Pittsburgh on Sunday, but the team will go back to Miller.
Brian Elliott generates a shutout for Blues | 03/23/2014 4:27 PM
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Brian Elliott stopped all 33 Pittsburgh Penguins shots to draw a 1-0 win for the St. Louis Blues.
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Impact
The 28-year-old has quietly put together a strong season as a backup, going 17-5-2 with a .921 save percentage, 1.97 GAA and four shutouts. Those who are either keeping him for quality-over-quantity starts or added him this weekend were paid off nicely today.
David Backes scores lone goal in STL win | 03/23/2014 4:23 PM
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Only one player scored a goal in the St. Louis Blues' 1-0 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday: David Backes.
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Impact
He tipped in the game-winning goal just outside the window of it being a power-play goal, but it was obviously a GWG. Backes has 24 goals and 50 points in 66 games this season. The rugged forward also had six hits, three SOG and two PIM tonight.
Brian Elliott will play Sunday vs. Penguins | 03/23/2014 8:04 AM
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Brian Elliott is projected to start Sunday afternoon against Pittsburgh.
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Impact
Ryan Miller was between the pipes for Saturday's matinee loss to Philadelphia. Elliott made 17 stops in a 3-2 shootout win over Minnesota on Mar. 9 in his only other start since Miller joined the Blues.
T.J. Oshie appears to be OK after shot block | 03/23/2014 7:59 AM
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T.J. Oshie took a shot off his right hand in Saturday's loss to Philadelphia, but he managed to return to the contest.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Impact
The injury scare occurred during the third period, but Oshie appeared to be fine after the game. Keep him active.
| 03/23/2014 2:34 AM
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Magnus Paajarvi returned to action on Saturday March 22.
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Ryan Miller not up to par versus Philadelphia | 03/22/2014 4:29 PM
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Ryan Miller permitted three goals on 18 shots in a 4-1 loss to Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon.
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Impact
He faced just three shots in the third period, but allowed a back-breaking goal to Jakub Voracek which made it 3-1 for the Flyers late in the third. Miller has lost two games in a row after starting his Blues career with a mark of 7-0-1. He also has a .916 save percentage and a 2.03 GAA with his new club.
Jaden Schwartz scores SHG against Flyers | 03/22/2014 4:24 PM
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Jaden Schwartz opened the scoring in Saturday's 4-1 loss to Philadelphia.
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Impact
His shorthanded marker got the Blues on board early in the first period, but it was all the offense the team could muster. Kevin Shattenkirk and Vladimir Sobotka assisted on Schwartz's 22nd tally of the season.
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