News: Allen is slated to start Thursday's game against the Flames, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports.
Impact: Allen will get the team's starting nod Thursday, with Brian Elliott having dropped his last four decisions. Allen was victorious in his last turn for the Blues, stopping 24 of 26 shots in a 3-2 overtime win over the Penguins on March 24.
News: Steen (lower body) appears doubtful to play Thursday against the Flames, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports.
Impact: Though coach Ken Hitchcock reiterated Wednesday that Steen was day-to-day, the forward's absence from practice suggests that he's in danger of missing a second straight game. With Vladimir Tarasenko also expected to sit out Thursday, Patrik Berglund and Dmitrij Jaskin are in line to fill top-six roles for the Blues.
News: Coach Ken Hitchcock said that while Tarasenko (lower body) wouldn't be able to play Thursday against the Flames, the winger is being viewed as day-to-day.
Impact: Earlier reports seemed to suggest Tarasenko was being labeled as out indefinitely, but Hitchcock's update would seem to paint a rosier picture of the situation. While having their top goal scorer unavailable Thursday and for possibly a few more games to come isn't ideal, so long as Tarasenko returns before the playoffs, the Blues should be content to take it slow with him. Tarasenko will probably need to get back on the ice for a skate over the next day or two to have a shot and playing in either of the Blues' two weekend games, scheduled for Friday and Sunday.
News: The Blues ruled Tarasenko out indefinitely Wednesday with a lower-body injury, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Tarasenko appeared to suffer an injury to his leg when he was tripped up midway through the third period of Monday's game against the Canucks. He initially came back out for another shift, but his mobility appeared to be noticeably compromised before he retreated to the locker room soon after. A firmer timetable for Tarasenko's return could be provided after Wednesday's practice, when coach Ken Hitchcock is expected to provide an update on the winger's condition. The Blues' Stanley Cup aspirations would take a major hit if Tarasenko -- who ranks fifth in the NHL with 36 goals -- is forced to miss any time with the playoffs with the injury.
News: Per the AHL's transaction log, Rattie was recalled by the Blues on Wednesday.
Impact: Rattie, who has one point in five games with the Blues to date, re-joins the big club with the team dealing with some injuries up front, to the likes of Vladimir Tarasenko and d Alexander Steen. The 22-year-old winger is second in scoring for AHL Chicago, with 42 points in 59 games.