News: Fabbri (high-ankle sprain) has returned to the Guelph (OHL) lineup.
Impact: Fabbri was injured during the World Juniors and ended up missing a little over two months with the injury. He's picked up an assist and two minor penalties in his first two games back with Guelph. Expect his scoring numbers to start rising in the very near future.
News: Elliott will be in the crease for Saturday's game against the Maple Leafs, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Elliott has been fairly airtight between the pipes of late, yielding a combined four goals over his last three starts. He was dealt a tough loss his last time out against the Blues, but because of excellent supporting cast surrounding him, he'll be able to rake in the wins most of the time he mans the net. He should qualify as one of the best options on the board for Saturday's slate, as the Maple Leafs have struggled to put much offensive pressure on opposing goalies since the All-Star break.
News: Shattenkirk (abdomen) skated on his own after Friday's practice, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Shattenkirk isn't expected to return until the second half of March, so his presence on the ice shouldn't be viewed as a sign that his activation is on the horizon. Even so, it does qualify as progress for the blueliner, who ranked among the league leaders at his position with 40 points in 49 games before requiring abdominal surgery in February. He might be able to start practicing with the rest of the team at some point next week.
News: Michalek (concussion) skated on his own after Friday's practice, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Michalek's Blues debut has been delayed by the head injury, but he seems to be progressing positively and might not be far away from playing again. He could resume practicing in full with the Blues in the next few days, which would likely be the last hurdle he needs to clear in the recovery process.
News: Pietrangelo was minus-3 with four shots on net Thursday in a 3-1 loss to the Flyers.
Impact: It has been a disappointing year for Pietrangelo owners who were expecting better than 33 points in 64 games and a minus-5 rating. He is logging the same kind of tough minutes as in past seasons, but with a career-low shooting percentage, so a few more goals could be coming. He still has a shot at cracking the 40-point barrier, so it could be worth trying to buy low on the 25-year-old as he has a very good chance to bounce back and be among the top-10 defensemen in real life and fantasy.
News: Tarasenko picked up his 31st assist of the year Thursday in a 3-1 loss to Philadelphia. He was plus-1, took four shots, and added a hit in the contest.
Impact: The multi-point efforts have slowed for Tarasenko, who has just three since February 1, but he keeps getting on to the scoresheet on a regular basis. He leads the Blues with 62 points in 64 games - good for ninth in the league. As for his evolution as a top player in real and fantasy hockey, he took 136 shots in 64 games last year, while putting 219 pucks on net in the same number of games this year. Roll him every night.
News: Schwartz scored his 21st goal of the season Thursday in a 3-1 loss to the Flyers. He was plus-1 and took two shots while adding a hit in the contest.
Impact: Despite missing seven games in December with a foot injury, Schwartz is on pace to set career highs in goals, assists, and points. He has combined with linemate Vladimir Tarasenko to form a potent duo for the Blues all season. He is a must-start and is moving up the ranks of keepers for next year.