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Sobotka Set to Return to the Lineup

Thursday, 03.13.2014 / 11:40 AM / St Louis Blues - News
By Chris Pinkert  - St. Louis Blues
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Sobotka Set to Return to the Lineup
Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka will return to the lineup after missing 12 games with a leg injury.

ST. LOUIS - Vladimir Sobotka received clearance from team doctors at Washington University Orthopedics and Barnes-Jewish Hospital on Monday and declared himself good to go after the morning skate on Thursday. He will be in the lineup when the Blues host the Oilers tonight at Scottrade Center.

"I've tried to push more after every practice, and I feel good, so I'm going to be playing tonight," Sobotka said.

Sobotka suffered a leg injury late in the Jan. 31 game against the Carolina Hurricanes and has missed 12 games. He was placed on injured reserve and as a result, missed an opportunity to represent the Czech Republic at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

"When you get an elite player like Sobotka back, it's going to help you a lot. It will take him a few shifts to get up to speed, but he's such a good player for us right now," said Blues Head Coach Ken Hitchcock. "He controls the middle of the ice and he's a really competitive guy. The more the merrier. The more depth we add to our group, the better we feel about it."

Sobotka has played in 46 games this season and has posted 25 points (seven goals, 18 assists).

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