St. Louis Blues Player News: All Positions

News: Coach Craig Berube said Sunday that Sundqvist (lower body) won't suit up in Tuesday's game against Buffalo, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Sundqvist failed to suit up in Sunday's practice, so this news isn't quite surprising. The Swede has missed the last five games while dealing with the lower-body issue, and the team will also be without Alexander Steen (ankle) for the game. In their stead, the team is expected to call up a forward from AHL San Antonio ahead of Tuesday's game.
News: Coach Craig Berube said Sunday that Sanford (upper body) is doubtful for Tuesday's game against Buffalo, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Sanford suffered the injury in Saturday's game against Toronto, and was unable to return to action. He was unable to suit up for Sunday's practice, which is a negative sign for his status. With fellow forwards Alexander Steen (ankle) and Oskar Sundqvist (lower body) sidelined for Tuesday's game, the team is expected to call up a forward from AHL San Antonio. Expect the official word on Sanford's status prior to Tuesday's clash.
News: Coach Craig Berube said Sunday that Steen (ankle) won't play in Tuesday's road game against Buffalo, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Steen was sidelined for Sunday's practice as he still manages an ankle issue. He was initially given a four-week recovery timeline when he suffered the injury Nov. 7, so he appears to be closing in on a return. Both he and Oskar Sundqvist (lower body) won't suit up, so Berube said the team will call up a forward ahead of Tuesday's game. The veteran forward has five assists through 17 games, and he'll likely fill in on the bottom six once he's ready.
News: The Blues reassigned Poganski to AHL San Antonio on Sunday.
Impact: Poganski was a call up Nov. 28 with the Blues dealing with a slew of injuries. He failed to make an appearance in an NHL game with the big club, and has two goals and 13 points in 21 AHL games with San Antonio this season.
News: Allen relieved starter Jordan Binnington in the first period of Saturday's 5-2 loss to the Maple Leafs. He allowed one goal on 16 shots.
Impact: Allen is a much better backup than starter. This was the first time he'd ever had to relieve Binnington. But St. Louis is among the league's best, so Allen has value as a spot starter.
News: Binnington was chased from the net in the first period Saturday after allowing four goals to the Maple Leafs on 11 shots. He played 12:57.
Impact: It was the first time Binnington had been pulled from a start in the NHL. The Leafs' offense was on fire early and the Blues were on their heels. It didn't help that Binnington seemed a bit nervous. He'll rebound, though -- this guy has gone from the minors to NHL elite in a calendar year.
News: Sanford (upper body) left and will not return to Saturday's game against Toronto.
Impact: Before departing, Sanford logged 5:27 of ice time and was a minus-1. Expect the Blues to update Sanford's status following the conclusion of Saturday's contest.
News: Binnington will be the home starter against Toronto on Saturday, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Binnington faces a Maple Leafs team that's dropped two straight after winning four of its first five games under coach Sheldon Keefe. In his past 13 starts, Binnington has gone 9-3-1 with a 2.13 GAA, .931 save percentage and one shutout.
News: Steen (ankle) won't play in Saturday's matchup against the Maple Leafs, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Steen will miss his 14th consecutive game, but it's a positive sign that he skated in a session with Oskar Sundqvist (lower body) ahead of Friday's practice. Coach Craig Berube relayed that Steen is getting closer, and he's nearing the end of his initial four-week recovery timeline. The veteran forward has five assists through 17 games, and he'll likely fill in on the bottom six once he's ready.
News: Sundqvist (lower body) has been ruled out of Saturday's matchup against the Maple Leafs, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Sundqvist traveled with the Blues on their recent two-game road trip but was unable to slot into either contest. That signals that the 25-year-old is getting closer to a return, which is supported by Sundqvist skating on his own Friday. Nathan Walker -- who has been playing on the top line -- will stay in the fold for now.
News: Binnington stopped 30 of 33 shots in a 3-0 loss to Pittsburgh on Wednesday.
Impact: The injury-depleted Penguins are always tough on home ice and Wednesday was no different. More surprising than the loss, however, were the goal-scorers who managed to solve Binnington: Teddy Blueger, Stefan Noesen and Alex Galchenyuk. It was only the fifth regulation loss of the season for Binnington, whose next assignment likely comes Saturday against Toronto. He is 13-5-4 on the season with a 2.30 GAA and a .925 save percentage.
News: Sundqvist (lower body) isn't expected to play Wednesday against the Penguins, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Sundqvist shouldn't be out much longer, but the Blues are keeping him on the shelf for another contest. The 25-year-old is having another impressive season with eight goals and 12 points through the first 26 games.
News: According to Jim Thomas of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Binnington was the first netminder off the ice at morning skate, indicating he'll get the start in goal in Wednesday's road matchup with the Penguins.
Impact: Binnington has been sharp recently, picking up back-to-back wins while posting a rock-solid .924 save percentage. The 26-year-old backstop will try to keep rolling in a tough road matchup with a Pittsburgh club that's 10-3-2 at home this year.
News: Alexandrov was listed on Team Russia's camp invitee list ahead of the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championships, Igor Eronko of Sport-Express reports.
Impact: Alexandrov still needs to make the final round of cuts for the tournament's 23-man roster, but it's a good sign that the 19-year-old has turned heads enough in the QMJHL this year to warrant a look. The forward has shown a goal-scoring touch for the Charlottetown Islanders, lighting the lamp 14 times and adding nine assists through 19 games. Alexandrov looks like he's on track to at least make the AHL next season, and a solid performance on an international stage could up his chances.
News: Walker managed an assist, four hits and two PIM in Monday's 4-0 win over the Blackhawks.
Impact: Walker was listed on the top line with Brayden Schenn and Jaden Schwartz, as the trio combined for the Blues' third goal of the game. Walker has a goal, an assist, four shots on goal and five hits in three games since a recall from AHL San Antonio.
News: Perron picked up a power-play assist in Monday's 4-0 win over the Blackhawks.
Impact: Perron had the secondary helper on a Jaden Schwartz goal in the first period. The assist extended Perron's point streak to eight games -- he's recorded three goals and six helpers in that span. For the year, the 31-year-old is up to 28 points (11 tallies, 17 helpers) in 29 games, with 15 of his points coming with a man advantage.
News: Dunn notched an assist and five shots on goal in Monday's 4-0 win over the Blackhawks.
Impact: Dunn had the lone helper on MacKenzie MacEachern's first-period tally. Dunn didn't record a point in his previous five outings. The 23-year-old is up to eight points in 29 games. He's added 61 shots on goal and a plus-6 rating this season.
News: Pietrangelo managed a power-play assist and three shots on goal in Monday's 4-0 win over the Blackhawks.
Impact: Pietrangelo snapped a four-game point drought by setting up Jaden Schwartz's first-period tally. Pietrangelo reached the 20-point threshold with the helper -- 11 of his points this season have come with a man advantage. The defenseman has added 85 shots and 34 blocked shots in 29 contests.
News: Bozak netted his third goal of the season in Monday's 4-0 win over the Blackhawks.
Impact: The center added three shots on goal and two hits in the contest. Bozak is up to 11 points, 40 shots and 17 hits in 29 games this year.
News: MacEachern scored a goal on two shots in Monday's 4-0 win over the Blackhawks.
Impact: MacEachern needed just 2:34 into the game to give the Blues a lead they'd never lose. The 25-year-old has scored in his last two games, putting him at six points, 25 shots on goal and 34 hits in 22 appearances this season. He topped the five points he produced last season in seven fewer outings.
News: Schenn scored a goal on two shots and added two PIM in Monday's 4-0 win over the Blackhawks.
Impact: Schenn's tally put the Blues at a more comfortable 3-0 lead at 8:56 of the third period. The center has been strong with 14 goals and 25 points through 29 appearances this season. Schenn has added 63 shots on goal, 48 hits and 23 PIM, providing a well-rounded stat line for the year.
News: Schwartz scored a power-play goal and dished an assist in Monday's 4-0 win over the Blackhawks.
Impact: It's Schwartz's second straight two-point outing. The winger is up to eight goals and 22 points in 29 games this season. He's recorded nine power-play points and 66 shots on goal in 2019-20 while operating on the Blues' top line. At this rate, he should crush the 36 points he had last year.
News: Allen posted a 38-save shutout in Monday's 4-0 win over the Blackhawks.
Impact: Allen's clean performance ended Patrick Kane's 15-game point streak, which shows just how locked in 29-year-old goalie was in the contest. The shutout was his first of the year and the 20th of his career. He hadn't maintained a shutout since Mar. 7, in a 4-0 win over the Kings. Allen improved to 5-1-2 with a 2.35 GAA and a .926 save percentage in eight games. He's not likely to wrangle the starting job away from Jordan Binnington, but Allen is becoming a very capable backup netminder.
News: Gunnarsson (illness) participated in Monday's morning skate, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Gunnarsson appears healthy after falling ill and missing the last two games, but he's expected to be a scratch for Monday's game against the Blackhawks with Robert Bortuzzo returning from suspension.
News: Sundqvist (lower body) will travel with the team but isn't eligible to play until Wednesday against the Penguins, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The Blues initially feared Sundqvist would face an extended absence, but it appears he could return after just a week on injured reserve. The 25-year-old isn't eligible to play Monday against the Blackhawks, but the team likely wouldn't bring him on the trip if there wasn't at least an outside chance at playing Wednesday.
News: Allen will start Monday's game in Chicago, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Allen will provide a breather for Jordan Binnington against a banged-up Blackhawks team that will dress only 11 forwards and six defensemen due to a combination of injuries and a lack of salary cap space. The backup goalie is 4-1-2 this season, and he's coming off his best performance of the campaign, in which Allen stopped 31 of 32 shots to beat Dallas last Friday.
News: Bortuzzo has served his four-game suspension and will be eligible to rejoin the lineup for Monday's contest against the Blackhawks.
Impact: Bortuzzo has been prone to healthy scratches this season, so it wouldn't be surprising if he watches another game from the press box if Carl Gunnarsson (illness) is ready to go. The brawny Bortuzzo brings a physical toughness to the lineup, though, so the Blues could utilize him in a bitter division rivalry.
News: The Blues assigned Pouliot to AHL San Antonio on Sunday.
Impact: The 25-year-old saw action in the past two games for the Blues, going pointless while averaging 8:20 of ice time. Pouliot's demotion will clear the way for the returns of Carl Gunnarsson (illness) and Robert Bortuzzo (suspension), as both can draw back into the lineup for Monday's game against Chicago.
News: Faulk scored a goal on three shots and had two PIM in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Penguins.
Impact: Faulk joined St. Louis prior to the 2019-20 season after averaging 14 goals over the previous four seasons with Carolina, but he hasn't been able to replicate that productivity with the Blues. Saturday's goal was his first of the season and came in his 28th game. Faulk has also produced only six assists so far for St. Louis. The 27-year-old is too talented and too experienced to stay this quiet, so keep an eye on him to see if his first goal sparks more offense.
News: Walker scored a goal on three shots in a 5-2 win over the Penguins on Saturday.
Impact: The 25-year-old was playing in just his second game since being called up from AHL San Antonio last Sunday. His goal late in the second period, a shot he batted out of mid-air, gave the Blues a 2-1 lead. Walker will get a chance to contribute while St. Louis works through some injury issues up front.
News: Schwartz scored a power-play goal on three shots and added an assist in a 5-2 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Impact: Schwartz rounded out the scoring when he scored with the man advantage with just under three minutes left in regulation. He also set up Nathan Walker's first goal of the season in the second period. Schwartz has seven goals and 20 points in 28 games this season, and should blow past the disappointing 11 goals and 36 points he had a year ago.
News: MacEachern scored a goal on two shots in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Penguins.
Impact: MacEachern drove the middle of the slot and tapped home a Jacob De La Rose centering feed to make it a 4-1 game in the third period. It was MacEachern's third goal of the season and first in the last eight games. The 25-year-old is averaging only about nine minutes of ice time per game so he's not likely to be a source of offensive production.
News: Barbashev scored on his lone shot in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Penguins.
Impact: Barbashev buried a wrister on a 3-on-2 rush to put the Blues on top 3-1 just under three minutes into the third period. The goal, his fourth of the season, held up as the game-winner. The 23-year-old is having a productive stretch for the Blues, having amassed two goals and six points in his last three games.
News: Binnington kicked out 29 of 31 shots in a 5-2 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Impact: Binnington won seven of 10 starts during the month of November and is now 13-4-4 on the season with a 2.26 GAA and .926 save percentage. A finalist for the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie in 2018-19, Binnington has been every bit as good between the pipes in his sophomore campaign.
News: Gunnarsson (illness) won't play Saturday against the Penguins, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Gunnarsson will miss a second consecutive game after being unable to dress for Friday's contest in Dallas. Derrick Pouliot will skate in his place.
News: Binnington will man the home crease in Saturday's game versus the Penguins, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Binnington gets the nod on the latter half of back-to-back contests, as Jake Allen led the Blues to a win over Dallas on Friday night. The former is looking to finish off a month where he has been dynamite with a .934 save percentage, 1.97 GAA and 6-2-1 record. The Penguins have been boom more often than bust lately, as they've notched at least three goals in six of their last seven outings.
News: Steen remains out with an ankle injury but did resume skating activity Saturday, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Steen has been out of action since Nov. 6 and remains weeks away from a return, but the forward took a step in the right direction Saturday by taking the ice and resuming skating duties. Don't expect to see the 35-year-old suit up for a game until mid-December, though Steen is certainly closing in on a return to competitive action.
News: Sundqvist's lower-body injury is not as serious as originally thought.
Impact: Sundqvist plans to travel with the team for its upcoming three-game road trip but won't be eligible to play until the Blues return home to play Toronto on Dec. 7. At this point, it seems a real possibility that he'll be in the lineup against the Maple Leafs.
News: Bouwmeester picked up an assist and two blocked shots in Friday's 3-1 win over the Stars.
Impact: After a 13-game dry spell, Bouwmeester has found his way onto the scoresheet in each of the last two contests. However, the 36-year-old defenseman only has five points in 27 outings this season. He's added 36 blocked shots and a plus-5 rating, playing a more defensively-oriented style.
News: Schenn collected an assist and three shots on goal in Friday's 3-1 win over the Stars.
Impact: Schenn's contribution was a secondary assist on Ivan Barbashev's empty-net goal. The 28-year-old Canadian has two goals and four helpers during his six-game point streak. Schenn is up to 24 points, 47 hits and 58 shots on goal in 27 contests.
News: Perron notched two assists, two shots on goal and three hits in Friday's 3-1 win over the Stars.
Impact: Perron had a hand in the first and last goals of the game. He produced a secondary helper on Colton Parayko's first-period goal, and then set up the empty-netter from Ivan Barbashev. Perron's point streak now sits at six games (three tallies, four apples). The 31-year-old has 11 goals and 26 points through 27 contests this season.
News: Parayko scored a goal on three shots and added three blocked shots in Friday's 3-1 win over the Stars.
Impact: Parayko's long shot deceived Ben Bishop and opened the scoring at 15:41 of the first period. It's the second goal and 12th point of the year for the blueliner, who has added 65 shots on goal, 44 blocks and 30 hits in 27 appearances.
News: Barbashev scored an empty-net goal and added an assist in Friday's 3-1 win over the Stars.
Impact: Barbashev set up Ryan O'Reilly's go-ahead goal at 17:07 of the third period. The Russian winger then sealed the win with the empty-netter in the dying seconds of the contest. Barbashev has five points in his last two games, but that came after a six-game drought. The 23-year-old added three hits, three blocked shots and two shots on goal in Friday's contest. Barbashev is up to 12 points and 61 hits in 27 outings.
News: O'Reilly scored a goal and added an assist in Friday's 3-1 win over the Stars.
Impact: O'Reilly set up Colton Parayko's goal in the first period. Roope Hintz would tie the game for the Stars in the third, but O'Reilly answered with his sixth goal of the season just 18 seconds later. The center has four points in his last three outings and 24 points through 27 contests overall this season.
News: Allen turned aside 31 of 32 shots in Friday's 3-1 win over the Stars.
Impact: Allen and Ben Bishop were locked in a goaltending battle for a large portion of the game, but the Blues struck twice in the third period to take the win. Allen improved to 4-1-2 with a 2.68 GAA and a .914 save percentage. He's still going to see limited starting opportunities behind Jordan Binnington, but Allen is becoming a fairly solid backup behind a strong team.
News: Gunnarsson (illness) will miss Friday's game in Dallas, Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Gunnarsson will be replaced in the lineup by Derrick Pouliot. The Blues have a quick turnaround with another game Saturday against Pittsburgh, so expect an update on Gunnarsson's status prior to that one.
News: Allen will start Friday's game in Dallas, Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Allen will give Jordan Binnington a rare breather in this battle of Central Division rivals. St Louis' backup is 3-1-2 this season, though his 2.95 GAA and .904 save percentage leave a lot to be desired.
News: Poganski was recalled from AHL San Antonio on Thursday.
Impact: Poganski will be tasked with picking up some of the slack left by Oskar Sundqvist (lower body), who was placed on injured reserve Thursday. Over 21 games in San Antonio this season, the 23-year-old has recorded two goals and 11 assists.
News: Sundqvist (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Thursday.
Impact: Sundqvist exited Wednesday's game with a lower-body injury, and he will be forced to miss several games as a result. An update will likely be provided next week once the team returns to St. Louis. Nathan Walker could replace Sundqvist in the bottom six, and Austin Poganski was recalled from AHL San Antonio in a corresponding move.
News: According to coach Craig Berube, Sundqvist (lower body) will be out "a while," Jim Thomas of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Sundqvist still has to undergo additional testing to determine the extent of his injury, but he was spotted on crutches and in a walking boot Thursday, so it's safe to assume he'll miss St. Louis' next two contests at a minimum. Nathan Walker will likely replace Sundqvist in the Blues' bottom six for Friday's game against the Stars.
News: Basbashev recorded three assists in Wednesday night's 4-3 win over Tampa Bay.
Impact: One of Barbashev's three helpers on the night came while the Blues were killing a penalty. Now with 10 points in 26 games, Barbashev remains a risky play in most formats, especially considering Wednesday's performance marked the first time the winger had found the scoresheet since Nov. 12.
News: Bouwmeester registered his third assist of the 2019-20 season in a 4-3 win over the Lightning on Wednesday.
Impact: Bouwmeester picked up the secondary assist on Oscar Sundqvist's shorthanded goal in the second period, ending a 13-game pointless drought. It was just the defenseman's fourth point of the season over 26 appearances. Bouwmeester is relevant only in deeper leagues.
News: Bozak registered a pair of even-strength assists during Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Lightning.
Impact: Two secondary assists give Bozak eight on the year to go along with two goals. Sitting at 10 points through 26 games, Bozak's points-per-game average (0.38) leaves a lot to be desired, and he remains a risky play in fantasy most nights. Up next is a road game in Dallas on Friday. Bozak failed to record a point in the two teams' only other meeting this season.
News: Schenn scored on the power-play Wednesday, netting the game-winning goal in a 4-3 victory over the Lightning.
Impact: Schenn's power-play marker gave the Blues a 4-2 lead that was cut to one by Brayden Point's power-goal at 14:23 of the final period, but that's as close as Tampa Bay would get. Schenn now has points in five straight games, including goals in back-to-back contests. The goal was Schenn's first game-winning goal of 2019-20.
News: Binnington allowed three goals on 35 shots in Wednesday night's 4-3 away win over the Lightning.
Impact: Brayden Point pulled Tampa Bay to within a goal with just over five to play in the third period, but Binnington held strong, preserving a win for the visitors. His record now stands at 12-4-4. The Blues travel to Dallas to face the Stars on Friday before returning home to play Pittsburgh on Saturday. Expect Binnington to get the nod in at least one of those contests, the probable choice being Saturday.
News: Sundqvist suffered a lower-body injury during Wednesday's game against the Lightning and won't return, Jim Thomas of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Sundqvist's hat trick efforts will fall short, as he'll exit the game with two goals in tow. The injuries keep stacking up for the Blues, as Vladimir Tarasenko (shoulder), Alexander Steen (ankle) and Sammy Blais (wrist) all have long-term injuries. Sundqvist hopes for a more favorable prognosis, and his next chance to return is Friday against the Stars.
News: Per Jim Thomas of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Binnington was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate, indicating he'll get the start in goal in Wednesday's road matchup with the Lightning.
Impact: Binnington has been razor sharp recently, maintaining an exceptional 1.35 GAA and .960 save percentage through his last three appearances. The 26-year-old backstop will look to keep rolling in a tough road matchup with a surging Tampa Bay team that's won three straight games.
News: Brouwer (immigration) had one shot on goal in 9:01 of playing time in Monday's 3-2 shootout loss to Nashville.
Impact: Brouwer was in the St. Louis lineup for the first time all season after resolving his visa issues. He saw limited ice time and did not hit the scoresheet outside of his one hit. The 34-year-old figures to fill a fourth-line depth role for the Blues after recording 12 goals and 21 points in 75 games last season with Florida.
News: Schenn scored on his lone shot and added two PIM with four hits in Monday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Predators.
Impact: Schenn potted his 12th goal of the season with 6:51 left in the third period, tying the game at 2-2 and sending it into overtime. He's picked up a point in four straight games (one goal, three assists) and already has 12 goals in 25 games after scoring just 17 times in 72 games in 2018-19.
News: Perron scored his 11th goal of the year and had three shots with two hits in a 3-2 shootout loss to Nashville.
Impact: Perron got the Blues on the board in the second period when he followed his own rebound on a harmless-looking rush and put it past St. Louis netminder Jake Allen. Perron has now reached the scoresheet in four straight games (three goals, one assist) and has 11 goals and 23 points in 25 games this season.
News: Allen made a season-high 37 saves in Monday's 3-2 shootout loss to Nashville.
Impact: The Predators built a 2-0 lead midway through the first period, but Allen kept the game close long enough for the Blues to rally and send it into overtime, and then the shootout. It was Allen's first start since Nov. 15, but he's been steady when called upon, going 2-0-2 with a 2.39 GAA and .924 save percentage in four November starts.
News: Brouwer (immigration) will play in Monday's game against the Predators.
Impact: Brouwer's visa issues were cleared up, so he'll make his start his second stint with the Blues. The 34-year-old brings a valued veteran presence to the club after spending the 2015-16 season and an encouraging playoff run with the Blues. Brouwer figures to slot in on the fourth line.
News: The Blues assigned Kostin to AHL San Antonio on Monday.
Impact: Kostin slotted into four games on this NHL stint, and he was able to notch his first NHL goal while adding five shots on net and six hits. The 20-year-old gave the Blues' faithful and dynasty owners taste of what's to come after he continues fine-tuning his game in the minors.
News: Brouwer (immigration) is considered a game-time decision for Tuesday's game against the Predators.
Impact: Brouwer's still waiting for his visa issues to be resolved, and he's expected to play if it's done in time. If not, coach Craig Berube will likely deploy Nathan Walker -- who was recalled from AHL San Antonio on Sunday -- on the fourth line.
News: Allen was the first goalie off during morning skate, implying he'll start Monday's road game against the Predators, Jim Thomas of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Allen will take the crease, allowing Jordan Binnington some rest after starting the last four games. Following a rocky start to the season, Allen has turned things around lately, sporting a 2-0-1 record and .917 save percentage in November. The 29-year-old netminder should have his hands full in this outing, as the Predators rank third with 34.3 shots per game and 3.55 goals per contest.
News: Brouwer (vias issues) was designated as a non-roster player Sunday, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.
Impact: This is simply a paper move so the Blues can get some depth in the lineup until Brouwer gets his visa issues cleared up. It's unclear when that will be, but it could happen as early as this week.
News: Walker was recalled from AHL San Antonio on Sunday.
Impact: Walker has lit up AHL competition this season with 12 goals and 22 points in 19 contests. The 5-foot-8 forward could make his team debut during this call-up as the Blues are dealing with a handful of injuries in the forward department.
News: Pouliot was promoted from AHL San Antonio on Sunday.
Impact: Pouliot will serve as some insurance on the blue line after Robert Bortuzzo was suspended for four games Sunday. The 25-year-old has racked up three goals and 17 points in 19 AHL games this season.
News: Bortuzzo was handed a four-game suspension for his cross-check on Viktor Arvidsson (lower body) during Saturday's loss to the Predators.
Impact: Bortuzzo likely would've been handed a suspension either way, but it became a near guarantee when Arvidsson's 4-to-6 week recovery timeline was revealed. Since he's often a healthy scratch in favor of Carl Gunnarsson anyway, Bortuzzo's absence shouldn't affect the Blues' defensive plans too much. Bortuzzo's eligible to return Dec. 2 against the Blackhawks.
News: Bortuzzo will have a hearing Sunday after his cross-check on Viktor Arvidsson in the first period of Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Predators.
Impact: Arvidsson was unable to finish the game with a lower-body injury sustained on the play, for which Bortuzzo received a minor penalty. If Bortuzzo is served a suspension, Carl Gunnarsson will likely replace him in the lineup.
News: O'Reilly notched a power-play assist and two shots on goal in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Predators.
Impact: O'Reilly served up the secondary assist on Alex Pietrangelo's goal in the third period. It's been a bit of a cold run for O'Reilly, who has two assists over his last six games. The season numbers remain excellent -- 21 points, 44 shots and 10 power-play points through 24 games played -- in just about all fantasy formats.
News: Schenn posted an assist and two hits in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Predators.
Impact: He had the lone helper on Klim Kostin's first NHL goal at 13:55 of the first period. Schenn has assists in three straight games, putting him at 21 points and 40 hits through 24 contests this season.
News: Perron registered an assist with the man advantage in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Predators.
Impact: Perron set up Alex Pietrangelo's third-period goal. The 31-year-old winger added two hits and two PIM in the contest. Perron has points in three straight games, and 22 points through 24 outings overall in 2019-20. Twelve of his points have come on the power play.
News: Kostin scored his first NHL goal in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Predators.
Impact: The milestone will be a little bittersweet given the result of the game, but the first-round pick from 2017 can check it off his list. He's added six hits and five shots on goal in four games since his Nov. 13 call-up. The 20-year-old Russian will likely remain in a fourth-line role while he's with the big club.
News: Pietrangelo scored a power-play goal on three shots in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Predators.
Impact: Pietrangelo's third-period tally, the 100th goal of his career, brought the Blues within one, but they couldn't tie the game. The defenseman is up to seven goals and 19 points in 24 contests this season. He's added 66 shots on goal and 31 blocked shots. The goal was also his 10th power-play point in 2019-20 -- Pietrangelo had 15 points with the man advantage last year.
News: Binnington stopped 39 of 42 shots in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Predators.
Impact: The Blues were unable to turn the tide of the game, leaving Binnington to face a high volume of shots in the loss. The 26-year-old dropped to 11-4-4 with a 2.23 GAA and a .926 save percentage in 19 games. He's allowed only 16 goals over his last nine games -- that kind of consistency makes him one of the strongest goalies for fantasy purposes.
News: Binnington will defend the home net in Saturday's matchup against the Predators, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Binnington's coming off his first shutout of the season -- a 40-save effort against the Flames on Thursday. The netminder will look to stay hot in this Central Division clash, as the Predators are trending in the opposite direction with six straight losses and an average of 2.33 goals per contest in that span.
News: Brouwer (visa issues) won't play in Saturday's game against the Predators, Eric Stephens of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Brouwer signed a one-year deal with the Blues on Wednesday after multiple injuries to the team's forward corps, but his season debut will be put on hold. The 34-year-old winger is expected to play in the bottom six when he's ready, and he adds a veteran presence as well as a scoring touch. Brouwer posted 12 goals and 21 points with the Panthers last year, and he'll look to clear up his visa concerns by Monday's matchup against the Predators.
News: Thomas registered three assists during a 5-0 win over the Flames on Thursday.
Impact: Playing a more significant role with the Blues since Vladimir Tarasenko suffered a shoulder injury that will keep him out of the lineup for months, Thomas has put up four assists in two games and now has eight points in 18 games. If he's available, the 20-year-old holds solid value at the moment, as long as Tarasenko remains out of St. Louis' lineup.
News: Sundqvist scored two goals in a 5-0 win over the Flames on Thursday.
Impact: After potting the game-winning goal against Tampa Bay on Nov. 19, Sundqvist followed up that performance with a two-goal outing against Calgary and now has six goals and 10 points in 23 games this season. He finished the night at plus-4 while firing a team-high five shots on net.
News: Sanford scored a goal and tallied three assists, putting up four points in Thursday's 5-0 win over Calgary.
Impact: The four-point night doubled Sanford's season point total, giving him eight points in 18 games this season. Nights like these won't come often for the 25-year-old, but Sanford had that something special Thursday and will be looking to build off of it when the Blues battle the Predators on Saturday.
News: Perron scored a power-play goal in a 5-0 win over Calgary on Thursday.
Impact: Perron's 10th goal of the season came with the man advantage, giving the veteran 21 points in 23 games in 2019-20. The 31-year-old is in the midst of a career year with the Blues, having seemingly been rejuvenated by a reunion with his former club. For the time being, as long as his stick is torching opposing goaltenders, Perron belongs in fantasy lineups.
News: Binnington recorded his first shutout of the season, making 40 saves during Thursday's 5-0 win over Calgary.
Impact: Binnington's dominance of the Pacific Division continued Thursday with his 11th win of the season, moving his record to 11-3-4. The Blues' netminder has only suffered one regulation defeat over his past nine starts, making Binnington a highly reliable option in goal for all fantasy formats. Next up for St. Louis is a home date with the Predators on Saturday.
News: Binnington is expected to guard the crease at home versus Calgary on Thursday, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Binnington went 3-1-1 with a 1.75 GAA in his previous five outings, including a 27-save victory over the Flames. The young netminder has excelled against the Pacific Division in his career, with a 9-3-2 record with one shutout and a .915 save percentage.
News: Brouwer signed a one-year contract worth $750,000 with the Blues on Wednesday.
Impact: Following long-term injuries to Vladimir Tarasenko (shoulder) and Alex Steen (ankle), the Blues brought in Brouwer on a professional tryout agreement. Now, Sammy Blais will miss 10 weeks with a wrist injury, so the Blues will bring Brouwer aboard full-time to add depth and a valued veteran presence to the lineup. The 34-year-old scored 12 goals and added nine assists for the Panthers last year.
News: Blais (wrist) will have surgery on his right wrist, and he'll be re-evaluated in 10 weeks.
Impact: Blais is the third Blues forward to get pegged with an extended absence, and he'll join Vladimir Tarasenko (shoulder) Alexander Steen (ankle) on IR soon. The 23-year-old was off to the best start of his career with five goals and eight points through 20 games. Blais will be out until late January at a minimum. The Blues signed Troy Brouwer to a one-year deal almost immediately to help fill the void.
News: Blais (undisclosed) didn't participate in Wednesday's practice and, in coach Craig Berube's words, is considered day-to-day, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Blais took a hart hit during Tuesday's win over the Flames and was clearly shaken up, but the 23-year-old finished the game and didn't show any ill effects. The winger may be feeling it now, however, as he was the only player missing from practice. The Blues tested out Ivan Barbashev in his place on the second line and may stick with the unit if Blais can't play Thursday against the Blue Jackets.
News: Perron scored a shorthanded goal during Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Lightning.
Impact: The 31-year-old veteran, through 22 games, has 20 points and figures to challenge his career-best, 66-point campaign from 2017-18. It's also worth noting that half of Perron's points this season have come with the man advantage, making him a particularly valuable fantasy asset in 2019-20.
News: Thomas earned the lone assist on Oscar Sundqvist's shorthanded goal during Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Lightning.
Impact: Since Vladimir Tarasenko went down with a shoulder injury, Thomas has seen his role increase with the Blues. The shorthanded assist against Tampa Bay gives Thomas five points in 17 games, so there's still work to do if the 20-year-old wants to be viewed as a reliable fantasy asset in 2019-20.
News: O'Reilly collected an even-strength assist during Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Lightning.
Impact: O'Reilly snagged the secondary assist on David Perron's shorthanded goal, one of three shorthanded markers scored by the Blues on Tuesday. O'Reilly now has 20 points in 22 games, solid production by any standard, but he's only found the goal column five times and currently holds a minus-1 rating on the year.
News: Sundqvist scored a shorthanded goal during Tuesday's 3-1 win over Tampa Bay.
Impact: Sundqvist's shorthanded goal was one of three shorthanded markers scored by St. Louis in this one. He now has four goals and four assists in 22 games played this season. Tuesday's goal was Sundqvist's first game-winning goal of the 2019-20 campaign after scoring two a season ago.
News: Binnington stopped 17 of 18 shots during Tuesday's 3-1 win over Tampa Bay.
Impact: The Blues' netminder picked up his 10th win of 2019-20, bringing his record to 10-3-4 on the year. Binnington's performance comes on the heels of two straight losses, but prior to that, St. Louis' starter had reeled off five straight wins, making Binnington as good an option in goal as you're going to find in fantasy.
News: Binnington will be between the pipes at home versus Tampa Bay on Tuesday, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Binnington is coming off just his third regulation loss this season against the Ducks on Saturday. The netminder played in only 32 games last year after being called up mid-season, but appears to be in line to hit the 60-game mark this time around. If he continues his current run of form, the Ontario native should be a near lock for the 30-win mark and could challenge for 40.
News: Sundqvist was fined $7,397.47 for charging John Gibson in Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Ducks.
Impact: Sundqvist was dished the maximum fine allowed by the CBA, but he fortunately escaped without a suspension. The 25-year-old forward was suspended one game during the last postseason for a hit to the head of Matt Grzelcyk, so he'll need to tread lightly with a possible "repeat offender" tag looming. Nevertheless, Sundqvist will continue working in the bottom six Tuesday against Tampa Bay.
News: Faulk fired three shots on net and dished out three hits in Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Ducks.
Impact: Faulk posted five straight seasons with 30-plus points before being traded to St. Louis and signing a long-term extension. The Blues haven't seen the same production, as Faulk has yet to light the lamp and has just six helpers through 21 contests, putting him on pace for 23 points. According to Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic, coach Craig Berube attributes Faulk's slow start to playing with a new squad and in a new role. Faulk was a consistent top-four defenseman in Carolina, but now he rotates and even spends time on the bottom pairing, averaging 20:22 per contest. Whether the 27-year-old's able to contribute more offensively going forward remains to be seen, but his 52.1 Corsi For percentage is a reason for optimism.
News: Sundqvist is scheduled for a hearing with the NHL's player safety department Sunday for charging Anaheim goaltender John Gibson.
Impact: Sundqvist made an ill-advised play mid-way through the second period of Saturday's game when he ran into Gibson, who was trying to play the puck behind the net. There looked to be intent and some contact up high, so a suspension could be looming for the Swede. Expect the official word ahead of Tuesday's game against Tampa Bay, and if Sundqvist should be handed a suspension, Jacob De La Rose could be the first one to enter the lineup.
News: Blais recorded a minus-1 rating and four hits during Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Ducks.
Impact: Blais was bumped up to the top six, flanking Brayden Schenn at even strength, and he continues to log consistent power-play minutes as a net-front presence. The 23-year-old forward has carved out a role on the Blues, and he refuses to lose it, as he currently leads the team with 47 hits over 19 games. Blais is also tied with Ryan O'Reilly for fourth with five goals.
News: Kostin recorded two shots on net and four hits during 11:45 of ice time in his NHL debut Saturday against the Ducks.
Impact: Kostin was the top-rated European prospect entering the 2017 draft, but issues about his KHL contract dropped his stock, allowing the Blues to select him at 31st overall. The big-bodied forward (6-3, 212) played the last two seasons in the AHL adjusting to North American hockey, and he finally made his long-awaited NHL debut during Saturday's 4-1 loss. The Blues struggled, but Kostin did his job as a physical winger who wasn't scared to fire the puck. The 20-year-old hopes to stay with the big club for a few more games, but he may be demoted again if the Blues decide to sign Troy Brouwer or Jamie McGinn -- who are both on PTOs.
News: Sanford collected an assist in Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Ducks.
Impact: Sanford set up Vince Dunn's second-period goal, the only one the Blues were able to put behind John Gibson. Sanford has only four points, 28 hits and 15 shots on goal in 16 appearances in 2019-20. The 25-year-old is more of a physical presence than a scoring threat -- he topped out at 20 points in 60 contests last year but hasn't recaptured that pace so far.
News: Bortuzzo collected an assist and two shots on goal in Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Ducks.
Impact: Bortuzzo entered the lineup in place of Carl Gunnarsson in the second game of a back-to-back. The 30-year-old made an impact in his first game since Oct. 27, earning his first point of the year with the secondary helper on Vince Dunn's goal. Bortuzzo will likely be a healthy scratch more often than not -- he's added only 14 hits, nine blocked shots and an even plus-minus rating in eight appearances while averaging a career-low 12:01 per game entering Saturday's contest.