Relax, Blues fans — it appears T.J. Oshie will be fine
CALGARY, Alberta — In case you’ve been panicking ever since you saw St. Louis Blues forward T.J. Oshie being helped off the ice late in a 5-2 win over Edmonton last night, you can relax. It appears the injury is not serious.
Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said Wednesday that Oshie is considered day to day after a knee-on-knee collision with Oilers forward Taylor Hall with just over 1:30 left in the game. Oshie’s status for Thursday’s game in Calgary will be re-evaluated that morning.
The Blues have not called up a player from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Chicago Wolves, which indicates Oshie isn’t expected to be sidelined for any significant length of time.
HALAK TO START
Goaltender Jaroslav Halak is expected to start in Calgary. The Slovakian native hasn’t played since Dec. 28 against the Chicago Blackhawks, a game from which he was pulled after allowing three first-period goals on 13 shots.
Brian Elliott improved his record to 13-1-2 in the Blues’ victory in Edmonton. His 1.86 goals-against average is good for third in the NHL. Elliott has allowed two goals or less in seven straight appearances.
Roman Polak continues to practice as he recovers from a lower-body injury. Polak hasn’t played since a Dec. 19 victory vs. Montreal.
With two assists on Tuesday, Alex Pietrangelo now has 25 assists on the season. That ties teammate Kevin Shattenkirk for fifth among all NHL defenseman.
Vladimir Tarasenko now has 10 points and is a plus-7 over his last seven games following his one-goal, one-assist performance against the Oilers.
Vladimir Sobotka collected two assists Tuesday to give him seven points over his last five games.
Jaden Schwartz was held off the scoresheet Tuesday, ending his eight-game scoring streak. His plus-23 is tied for the best in the NHL.
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