Allergic reaction or not, Blues’ fans can thank Miley Cyrus for an extra day of rest in preparation for the much-anticipated Western Conference First Round series against the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks beginning Thursday night at Scottrade Center.
The Blues benefitted from the extra off-day. When they lost 3-0 to the Detroit Red Wings in the regular-season finale last Sunday, a number of starters were unable to play due to injury.
Now, mere hours before the puck drops, the Blues’ walking wounded are making legitimate progress.
“The cavalry is coming,” forward Brenden Morrow told Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Morrow, who had been in a walking boot and was thought to have a fractured foot, made a surprise appearance on the ice during Tuesday’s optional practice. T.J. Oshie, who was the recipient of a vicious hit to the head from Minnesota’s Mike Rupp, was also present going through practice drills with his teammates. Vladimir Tarasenko shed his cast shielding his right hand following hand surgery and has been a regular during practice. Other notable injured players that were on the ice Tuesday included defensemen Barret Jackman and Alex Pietrangelo.
Finally, the Blues are getting some positive news as they look to rebound from their six-game losing streak which dealt them a playoff series against the Blackhawks.
Though captain David Backes (foot) and Vladimir Sobotka (lower body) weren’t on the ice Tuesday, they participated during Wednesday’s full team practice, a good sign for a team looking to right the ship.
Oshie did not practice Wednesday, neither did Patrik Berglund, who is unlikely to be available for Game 1 with an upper body injury.
“Obviously it’s up to the coaching staff who is going to play,” forward Steve Ott told Dan O’Neill of the Post-Dispatch. “But the more guys we have in the lineup makes us a stronger team.”
The Blues will need as many of their regulars as possible against the Blackhawks, who will reunited by the off-injured Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews.