ST. LOUIS — The Blues are expecting a boost with the return of their All-Star defenseman, and it could start even before they step on the ice.
"DJ Shattdeuces" will be back in the house Saturday night against Columbus, and Kevin Shattenkirk says he gave some new tracks to event marketing manager Lamont Buford to energize a team playing its first home game in two weeks. Even replacement disc jockey Ryan Reaves, who handled the pregame clubhouse music selection in Shattenkirk’s absence, expects his fellow Blues to be grateful for the new playlist.
"I don’t know if the boys have been liking the straight hip-hop lately, so I think they’re going to be happy to see Shattdeuces back," Reaves says. "I think I brought a mix of everything I like. He brings a mix of everything that everybody likes."
It’s all part of the personality that makes Shattenkirk a favorite among teammates, fans and media. He might not be adding pro DJ to an impressive hockey resume, but his musical efforts don’t go unnoticed.
"He truly is a leader on our team," goaltender Brian Elliott says. "There’s a lot of stuff to be said for stuff like that."
Along with the offensive prowess that helped him tally eight goals and 32 assists in 49 games, it could be just what the Blues need to finally snap a streak of eight straight first periods without a goal.