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Avalanche At Blues Morning Open Thread: Alexander Steen Returns

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The Blues would be back at full strength if it weren't for their injured defensemen.

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Alexander Steen has missed fifteen games; he hasn't played since February 20th's matchup against the Arizona Coyotes. That game saw him leave after a hit from Kevin Connauton in the first period shortly after Steen scored to put the Blues up 2-1. Steen announced his pending return yesterday, telling the Post-Dispatch:

"I feel pretty good," he said. "I think we're going to try it out tomorrow ... as long as everything went well today, and it did, so you're probably going to see me on the ice tomorrow."

No, not the most concrete of statements, but hey, right now we'll take what we can get. Before anyone gets excited about the fully-functional forwards corps (and bye, Jaskin, who did not practice with any of the four lines - instead he skated in purgatory with Magnus Pajaarvi and Steve Ott), both Jay Bouwmeester and Carl Gunnarsson are out for tonight. The third pairing is going to be Petteri Lindbohm and Robert Bortuzzo again.

Regardless, we're closer to seeing a full team out there before the playoffs begin, which is something to look forward to.

This is your morning open thread for a NBCSN national broadcast - brace yourselves and head over to Mile High Hockey to see how our friends over there have been coping with injuries. Check back later on for your Lighting the Lamp, your preview, and your GDT.