With the loss of Alexander Steen for a month, the Blues are going to have to figure out some way to cover the gaping line-up hole. Steen exceeds 20 minutes a night in playing time, he's a key part of the power play, and he leads the team in assists (and is second in points). The loss of Steen may be the biggest loss for the Blues this season.
But still, despite injuries, the Blues plug forward. They have wins in their last five games, and haven't lost in regulation since their February 4th loss to these Sharks. This is despite scoring more than two goals just three times in that stretch. Brian Elliott has kept the team in contention. All of these points, and the Blues are still in third place in the Central, though the gap is closing. Chicago is up by two and Dallas has just one point on the Blues. A win tonight bumps them up to second if the Jets beat the Stars.
Unfortunately, the Blues have only one once in their last four home games against the Sharks. The Blues' offense (23rd in the league at just 2.46 goals a game) may get a boost from the Sharks 2.67 goals allowed a game, but that means that the power play would need to click without Steen. No clue who gets that duty tonight, but don't hold your breath for a goal onslaught. The Sharks PK is middling at best, but without Steen, the Blues' power play could very well have issues regardless of who they're playing against.
The Blues' have the best goaltending in the league right now with Brian Elliott and Jake Allen both healthy and ready to go.
Old friend Roman Polak was just traded to the Sharks today from the Maple Leafs that also saw Nick Spaling head to the Bay. The Sharks sent over Raffi Torres and two second round draft picks (2017, 2018). The Blues won't have the opportunity to open the Roman Polak door or not tonight, but if he were suited up, he'd probably get his usual warm welcome.
If you're without a TV tonight, the game's a NBCSN broadcast, which means that you can watch here, via their live stream.