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Blues Battle Injuries, Stars Tonight

Friday, 04.11.2014 / 12:45 PM
By Chris Pinkert - St. Louis Blues / Gameday Blog
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Blues Battle Injuries, Stars Tonight

DALLAS - If the Blues are to snap their first four-game losing streak of the season, they’ll have to do it extremely shorthanded.

Blues Head Coach Ken Hitchcock added to the team’s growing list of injuries when he met with with the media late this morning. New additions are Brenden Morrow (undisclosed), Vladimir Sobotka (lower-body) and Derek Roy (upper-body).

Here is a list of forwards that won’t be in the lineup tonight due to injuries:

David Backes

T.J. Oshie

Vladimir Tarasenko

Vladimir Sobotka

Brenden Morrow

Derek Roy

This morning, the Blues recalled Adam Cracknell, Keith Aucoin and Ty Rattie. Hitchcock said all three will play tonight.

“We’ve been able to, pretty much the whole year, stay healthy,” Hitchcock said. “We would have preferred better timing and it is what it is. Everybody goes through this, but we just got it at the end of the year. You’ve got to stay focused on the guys you have.

“The playoffs start Thursday and I’d imagine we’re hopeful all or most of these guys are back for Thursday.”

Hitchcock said the same six defenseman are likely to play tonight, but hinted that one may come out of the lineup depending on how he feels after warm-ups. Hitchcock didn’t disclose which one.

Ryan Miller will start in goal.

The injury-riddled Blues will be facing a Stars team that could clinch a playoff spot with a win. Dallas is in the driver’s seat for the final Wild Card spot in the West, and needs just a win against the Blues or a win Sunday against Phoenix to punch their ticket.

BROADCAST INFO

Due to an overlap with the Cardinals’ game, tonight’s Blues / Stars game will be available on FOX Sports Midwest Plus and Y98 FM in St. Louis. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.

FOX Sports Midwest Plus is available on AT&T U-verse 691 (HD 1691), DirecTV 671-1 (HD 671-1) and Dish 460. For a list of all other providers, click here.

BLUE NOTES

The Blues have won three of their last four games at American Airlines Center. A win tonight would give the Blues their third consecutive season-series win over Dallas.

Carlo Colaiacovo could play in his 400th NHL game tonight.

Alex Pietrangelo has one goal and eight assists in his last nine games against Dallas.

Alexander Steen has nine points in his last seven games.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Steen 68 33 29 17 62
T. Oshie 79 21 39 19 60
D. Backes 74 27 30 14 57
J. Schwartz 80 25 31 28 56
A. Pietrangelo 81 8 43 20 51
K. Shattenkirk 81 10 35 1 45
V. Tarasenko 64 21 22 20 43
D. Roy 75 9 28 -1 37
J. Bouwmeester 82 4 33 26 37
V. Sobotka 61 9 24 14 33
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
B. Elliott 18 6 2 .922 1.96
R. Miller 25 30 4 .918 2.64

 
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