Just when you think that the mumps bug and injury bug have worked their way through the team, Ryan Reaves might not play tonight due to a high hit from John Mitchell Saturday night. He's being evaluated again today, per Jeremy Rutherford:
"He got whacked pretty good in the face there," Hitchcock said after Saturday's game. "He's upper-body, obviously, everybody saw it. Had to be removed from the game. We'll re-evaluate and let you know (Sunday)."
The "letting you know" was saying that he'll be re-re-evaluated today.
At least Paul Stastny's on the trip. Will he play? Who knows, but he was on-ice at Sunday's practice. Hopefully if he plays on this road trip Hitch won't be tempted to break up Vladimir Tarasenko and Jori Lehtera. Tarasenko had a couple more goals on Saturday night; breaking up that line's chemistry would be madness.
The Blues lost their home opener to the Rangers 3-2. Since then, the Rangers have gone 4-4-1 and lost Ryan McDonagh and Kevin Klein during Saturday night's 1-0 shootout loss to the Winnipeg Jets.They're already missing Dan Boyle and John Moore, one to a broken hand and one to a five game suspension.
Cam Talbot will start tonight, since King Henrik has started eight games in a row. It's time for a breather, and it might as well be against a non-Conference opponent.
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