After a couple games with Pat Maroon playing on the top line with Ryan O’Reilly and Vladimir Tarasenko, all should be back to normal tonight when the Blues play the Ducks in Anaheim. Brayden Schenn made the trip to California and he should be back in tonight per Lou Korac.
Last week I speculated on return timetables for the Blues’ injured forwards, Schenn and David Perron. I may have slightly jinxed the team by saying that as long as the Blues kept up a level of consistency in Schenn’s absence, the team should be fine.
Instead, they lost two games that they could’ve won, one of which was to the Dallas Stars. If the Blues could’ve won, they would’ve put seven points between them and the Stars; now the margin of error stands at one. That was not a good game to blow.
Luckily, tonight they’re playing the Anaheim Ducks, who are 4-6-0 in their last ten games (which is an improvement). Without Schenn, the Blues are 2-3-1. He’s coming back at the perfect time. If the team’s over the flu outbreak, tonight’s game shouldn’t be a huge issue.