The Blues return tonight from their longest road trip of the season short Robby Fabbri, Kevin Shattenkirk, Paul Stastny, and Jaden Schwartz. It's not often that you call a 4-2 road trip a wash, but I think that this one may be a wash.
Shattenkirk and Rattie will be back Tuesday evening at the earliest, which is a positive. Stastny and Schwartz are out at least five weeks and 12 weeks, respectively. That makes the foreseeable future a potentially tough one for the Blues, but they've overcome similar ones in the past. There's no reason to think that they won't overcome the same this year.
The New York Islanders are arriving to play the second in a back-to-back, having lost to the Boston Bruins 5-3 last night. That loss ended a four game winning streak; Jaroslav Halak was in net for the L last night, which means that it is more than likely that the Blues will be facing Thomas Greiss.
The Blues are short four of their best players. The Islanders are short Eric Boulton.
This is your morning open thread. Check back later for today's Lighting the Lamp, along with your preview and a GDT. Swing over to visit Dom and the guys at Lighthouse Hockey while you're waiting on the next guy to get injured.