St. Louis Blues Player News: All Positions

News: Perron produced an assist and went plus-2 in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Bruins in Game 7.
Impact: Perron finished the postseason with seven goals and nine assists in 26 contests. The third time was the charm for the winger -- Perron is on his third stint with the Blues and can add Stanley Cup champion to his resume. The 31-year-old is coming off of a 46-point regular season, and he is under contract for three more seasons.
News: Tarasenko notched an assist and two hits in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Bruins in Game 7.
Impact: Tarasenko scored three goals and added one helper in seven games in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Russian winger finished the postseason with 11 goals and 17 points in 26 appearances, adding 50 hits and 90 shots on goal.
News: Bouwmeester produced an assist, three hits and three blocked shots in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Bruins in Game 7.
Impact: Bouwmeester supplied seven helpers and a plus-9 rating in 26 games during the postseason. The 35-year-old didn't feature in the playoffs in his first 10 NHL seasons but is now part of a Stanley Cup-winning team in his 16th campaign.
News: Sanford scored a goal on two shots in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Bruins in Game 7.
Impact: Sanford's first postseason goal came in his 12th playoff appearance, as he provided an insurance tally late in the third period. Sanford finished this postseason run with a goal and three helpers to go with 18 hits in eight games, only being held off the scoresheet once in his five appearances in the Stanley Cup Finals.
News: Schenn scored his fifth goal of the postseason in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Bruins in Game 7.
Impact: Schenn's goal made it 3-0 for the Blues, helping the visitors to suppress the Bruins' desperate push to get on the board in the third period. Schenn finishes the playoffs with 12 points, 57 shots and 83 hits in 26 contests. The center has one year remaining on his current contract before becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2020.
News: Schwartz supplied a pair of assists in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Bruins in Game 7.
Impact: Schwartz had a quiet run during the Stanley Cup Finals, but the two assists snapped a four-game point drought for the winger. Schwartz closed the postseason with 20 points (12 goals, eight helpers) in 26 contests. He added 63 shots and 52 hits.
News: Pietrangelo scored a goal and supplied an assist in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Bruins in Game 7.
Impact: Pietrangelo also etched his name into the team record book -- his assist on Ryan O'Reilly's opening goal was his 16th of the playoffs, a franchise best for helpers. Pietrangelo ended the postseason with 19 points, leading all blueliners. Capping off the already-sweet evening, the captain's tally with less than eight seconds remaining in the first period held up as the game-winning and Stanley Cup-clinching goal.
News: Binnington allowed only one goal on 33 shots in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Bruins in Game 7.
Impact: With the Blues needing a big performance in the winner-take-all game, Binnington delivered a shining effort. Only Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk was able to beat the rookie netminder, and that came with 2:10 remaining in the third period. Binnington finished the playoffs with a 16-10 record, a 2.46 GAA and a .914 save percentage. Binnington will be an arbitration-eligible restricted free agent this summer, and the 25-year-old will likely see a significant salary increase after being a catalyst for the Blues' mid-season turn-around.
News: O'Reilly won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the playoffs.
Impact: O'Reilly opened the scoring in Wednesday's 4-1 Game 7 victory, and later added an assist on Zach Sanford's insurance tally in the third period. The two-point effort gave O'Reilly eight goals and 23 points in 26 games, tying him for the league lead in postseason points with the Bruins' Brad Marchand. He added 54 shots during the playoffs and accumulated five goals and four helpers in the Stanley Cup Final.
News: Thomas (undisclosed) won't be in the lineup for Wednesday's Game 7 against the Bruins, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Thomas returned to the lineup for Game 6 after missing the Blues' previous four contests, but he was clearly still hampered by the undisclosed injury that he's been dealing with for much of the postseason, and only ended up logging 9:21 of ice time while posting a minus-2 rating. The 19-year-old rookie should be back to 100 percent well ahead of next season's training camp, but for now, he can only hope that his teammates will finish the job and win St. Louis' first Stanley Cup in franchise history by stealing Game 7 on the road.
News: Binnington will patrol the road crease for Wednesday's Game 7 against the Bruins, Benjamin Hochman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: After giving up four goals on 31 shots Sunday during Game 6's 5-1 loss, Binnington will hope he has one more solid start in him for the opportunity to win the Stanley Cup. The rookie has been solid in 25 postseason games thus far, racking up a 15-10 record to go along with a 2.52 GAA and .911 save percentage. In his last start in Boston, the 25-year-old was spectacular, stopping 38 of 39 shots to claim the victory.
News: Barbashev (suspension) served his one-game ban and is available for Wednesday's Game 7 matchup with Boston.
Impact: Barbashev figures to slot back into a bottom-six role and will likely relegate Samuel Blais to a spot in the press box. In 24 postseason appearances, the 22-year-old Barbashev has notched three goals, three assists and 24 shots while averaging 12:15 of ice time.
News: Pietrangelo picked up an assist and three shots but went minus-3 in Sunday's 5-1 loss to the Bruins in Game 6.
Impact: While he did get on the scoresheet, it was not a great performance defensively for the 29-year-old blueliner. Pietrangelo has provided four helpers and 11 shots in his last three games to give him 17 points in 25 contests during the playoffs.
News: Perron recorded a helper, five shots and five hits in Sunday's 5-1 loss to the Bruins in Game 6.
Impact: Perron has been limited to two points in six games during the Stanley Cup Finals, but he has recorded 17 hits in the series. Throughout the playoffs, the 31-year-old winger has 15 points (seven goals, eight helpers) in 25 contests.
News: O'Reilly potted a goal on three shots in Sunday's 5-1 loss to the Bruins in Game 6.
Impact: O'Reilly has taken his game to another level with four goals and three helpers during a five-game point streak. Throughout the playoffs, the center has produced seven tallies and 21 points in 25 contests.
News: Binnington allowed four goals on 31 shots in a 5-1 loss to the Bruins in Game 6.
Impact: Binnington kept the Blues in the contest through two periods, but the Bruins solved him three times in the third period to unravel the effort. Binnington is now 15-10 with a 2.52 GAA and .911 save percentage in 25 games. He'll get a second chance at the all-important 16th win Wednesday in Game 7.
News: Binnington will draw the start against Boston in Sunday's Game 6 tilt, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
Impact: No surprise here as the electrifying rookie netminder is just one win away from hoisting the Stanley Cup. Binnington has been stellar over the last two games, stopping 59-of-62 shots and earning a pair of wins. Should the series go to a Game 7, expect the 25-year-old to be between the pipes again.
News: Thomas (undisclosed) will return to the lineup for Sunday's Game 6 against the visiting Bruins, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Thomas has missed the past four games of the series since he was hit hard by Bruins defenseman Torey Krug in Game 1, but will make his return to the lineup. With Ivan Barbashev suspended for Sunday's game, it's likely that the Blues will be content with the same lineup they had for Game 5, and insert Thomas in Barashev's place. It may be risky to roll out the 19-year-old in DFS, considering his recent injury and the fact that he has just six points in 20 postseason contests.
News: Coach Craig Berube labeled Thomas (undisclosed) a game-time decision for Sunday's Game 6 versus the Bruins, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Thomas skated as the right wing on the third line during Saturday's practice, suggesting he's in a good position to make a return after missing the last four contests of the series. He owns just one goal and six points during 20 postseason contests, so he may not be a huge factor even if available.
News: Barbashev has been suspended for Sunday's Game 6 clash with the Bruins due to an illegal check he delivered to the head of Boston's Marcus Johansson during Game 5 on Thursday.
Impact: The fact that Johansson wasn't injured in the collision doesn't seem to have factored into the department's decision to not let Barbashev play Sunday. With the winger off the ice, Robby Fabbri figures to slot into the lineup for Game 6.
News: Barbashev will have a hearing with the Department of Player Safety for an illegal check to the head on Marcus Johansson.
Impact: The fact that Johansson doesn't appear to have suffered an injury on the play could help Barbashev avoid a suspension, though the hit also went uncalled in the game. If the winger does get suspended for Game 6 versus Boston on Sunday, it will likely open the door for Robby Fabbri to return to the lineup.
News: Sanford recorded an assist and three hits in Thursday's 2-1 win over the Bruins in Game 5.
Impact: Sanford has been a productive forward since entering the lineup in Game 3, recording one assist in each of his last three games. The winger has found a home alongside Ryan O'Reilly -- who he assisted for the opening goal -- and David Perron on the Blues' second line. Sanford will likely stay in the lineup at this point regardless of whether Robert Thomas (undisclosed) returns for Sunday's Game 6.
News: Bozak produced an assist in Thursday's 2-1 win over the Bruins in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Impact: Bozak's helper came on David Perron's game-winning goal in the third period. The center has five goals and eight assists in 24 postseason contests, contributing solidly from the third line.
News: Pietrangelo collected an assist and three shots in addition to a plus-2 rating in Thursday's 2-1 win over the Bruins in Game 5.
Impact: Pietrangelo is up to 14 helpers and 16 points in 24 games, providing a strong offensive presence from the blue line in the postseason. He's added 71 shots and 44 blocked shots in the playoffs.
News: Perron scored the game-winning goal in Thursday's 2-1 win over the Bruins in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Impact: Perron's goal -- his seventh of the postseason -- proved to be valuable insurance when Boston's Jake DeBrusk scored three minutes later. The fiery winger also had two PIM in the contest, and the tally gives Perron 14 points in 24 games during the postseason run.
News: O'Reilly scored a goal and added a helper in Thursday's 2-1 win over the Bruins in Game 5.
Impact: O'Reilly has come to play in the Stanley Cup Finals, with three goals and three helpers over the last five games. The center opened the scoring 55 seconds into the second period Thursday, and then set up a critical insurance goal by David Perron halfway through the third period. With six goals and 20 points in 24 playoff contests, O'Reilly could have an outside chance at the Conn Smythe Trophy.
News: Binnington stopped 38 of 39 shots in Thursday's 2-1 win over the Bruins in Game 5.
Impact: The rookie goalie had one of his best performances of the playoffs, facing nearly twice as many shots as his Bruins counterpart, Tuukka Rask. Binnington's excellent outing gives the Blues a 3-2 series lead. He's allowed just three goals on 62 shots since being pulled in Game 3, and he's a virtual guarantee to start Sunday's Game 6 with a chance to give the Blues their first Stanley Cup.
News: Thomas (undisclosed) isn't expected to be in the lineup for Thursday's Game 5 against the Bruins, NHL.com's Louie Korac reports.
Impact: Thomas will miss a fourth straight game Thursday and still hasn't returned to practice, so his chances of rejoining the lineup before the series comes to a close are quickly dwindling. Zachary Sanford will continue to occupy a spot on the Blues' second line while Thomas is on the shelf.
News: Binnington will patrol the crease in Thursday's Game 5 against the Bruins in Boston, NHL.com's David Marcoux reports.
Impact: Binnington bounced back well in Game 4 after struggling in Saturday's Game 3, turning aside 21 of 23 shots en route to a crucial 4-2 home victory. The 25-year-old rookie will look to carry the momentum he created during Monday's performance into a pivotal road matchup with a banged-up Bruins team that may be without captain Zdeno Chara (jaw).
News: Soshnikov inked a two-year contract with KHL club Salavat Yulaev Ufa on Monday.
Impact: Soshnikov spent much of the 2018-19 campaign watching from the press box, as the winger appeared in just 16 combined games between the NHL and AHL. In his five outings with the Blues, the winger notched a mere one shot on goal, five hits and two blocks while averaging a paltry 7:10 of ice time. Some early success with AHL Toronto kept the 25-year-old in the mix for a spot on the 23-man roster, but his inability to break into the lineup will see him return to his native Russia and likely marks the end of his NHL career.
News: Pietrangelo notched a pair of assists and logged a game-high 29:37 of ice time in Monday's 4-2 win over Boston in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Impact: Pietrangelo, with just one assist, had been M.I.A. the past seven games, but the defenseman's performance in Monday's win could very well get him back on track in these finals. The two points give him 15 in total through 23 playoff games to this point in the season.
News: After being pulled in Game 3, Binnington turned in a strong performance Monday, stopping 21 of 23 shots in a 4-2 win over the Bruins in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Impact: Binnington continues to be unrivalled in his ability to bounce back from bad performances, a remarkable trait to have as a goaltender. The 25-year-old prodigy now sports a 14-9 record in the playoffs, to go along with a 2.52 GAA and .909 save percentage. If the Blues are to return to Boston and upset the Bruins at home, they're going to need Binnington at his absolute best. Monday's outing suggests he's primed and ready to deliver the goods Thursday.
News: O'Reilly scored two goals in Monday's 4-2 win over Boston in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Impact: After opening the scoring 43 seconds into the first period, O'Reilly waited until midway through the third period to score his second of the night, the eventual game-winner. He now has five goals to go along with 13 assists for a total of 18 points in 23 playoff games in 2018-19.
News: Schenn recorded an assist as well as an empty-net goal in Monday's 4-2 win over the Bruins in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Impact: Having failed to record a point in Games 2 & 3, Monday's two-point outing was huge for Schenn, who now has 11 postseason points through 23 games. The 27-year-old also brought a high degree of physicality to Game 4, finishing with five hits, tied for most on the team.
News: Sundqvist failed to register a point in a 4-2 win over the Bruins on Monday in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Impact: Sundqvist missed Game 3 because of a suspension but returned Monday and logged the most minutes of any Blues forward (19:32). The 25-year-old, despite going pointless, made his presence felt all night long, dishing out four hits in the win. He currently sits at nine points (4G, 5A) through 22 postseason contests.
News: Dunn recorded an assist during Monday's 4-2 win over Boston in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Impact: Returning following a six-game absence, Dunn wasted no time making an impact, drawing the secondary helper on Ryan O'Reilly's opening marker, scored just 43 seconds into the game. The 22-year-old is up to eight points in 17 playoff appearances.
News: Thomas (undisclosed) won't suit up against the Bruins on Monday, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Thomas will miss his third straight game due to his undisclosed injury. With Oskar Sundqvist (suspension) available, Thomas' spot in the lineup will go to Zachary Sanford. Prior to getting hurt, Thomas was bogged down in a 10-game goal drought, having added just three helpers over that stretch. If given the all-clear before the end of the series, the 19-year-old figures to slot back into a bottom-six role for the Blues.
News: Dunn (upper body) will be in action for Monday's Game 4 matchup with Boston.
Impact: Dunn missed the previous six games due to his upper-body issue and will be making his Stanley Cup Finals debut. The youngster is set to team up with Colton Parayko on the Blues' third pairing and could see time with the second power-play unit, as well. Prior to getting hurt, the defenseman notched two goals, five helpers and 24 shots in 16 postseason contests. Given his offensive strengths, Dunn should provide solid mid-range fantasy value now that he is back in the lineup.
News: Sundqvist has served his one-game suspension and will return to the lineup for Monday's Game 4 against the Bruins.
Impact: The Blues will be happy to have Sundqvist back in their lineup Monday, as he's one of their best penalty killers, and the Bruins just racked up five power-play goals in Saturday's blowout 7-2 Game 3 victory. The 25-year-old Swede, who's notched four goals and nine points in 21 games this postseason, will likely center St. Louis' fourth line while at even strength during Game 4.
News: Thomas (undisclosed) is unlikely to suit up for Monday's Game 4 matchup against Boston after practicing in a limited capacity Sunday, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Thomas was on the ice for practice but didn't handle the puck or do much else for that matter. Assuming he is out, it would be the third straight game St. Louis is without the rookie forward.
News: Binnington will patrol the home crease for Monday's Game 4 aginst the Bruins in St. Louis, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Binnington will get a chance to bounce back after he was pulled in Game 3, where allowed five goals on 19 shots in Saturday's 7-2 loss to Boston. The poor performance moved his GAA up to 2.54 to go along with a .909 save percentage to this point of the playoffs. The 25-year-old has been outstanding after a loss this postseason, going 5-2-0 along with a .937 save percentage and 1.84 GAA in seven such instances.
News: Sanford registered an assist and two hits in Saturday's 7-2 loss to the Bruins in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Impact: Sanford made his first appearance since Game 3 of the first round versus the Jets, as the winger had found himself in the press box for the last 18 games. The helper is the 24-year-old's first career postseason point. It's expected Sanford will give way in the lineup when Oskar Sundqvist returns from suspension Monday for Game 4.
News: Steen generated an assist in Saturday's 7-2 loss to the Bruins in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Impact: Steen had gone five games without recording a point. The helper brings the 35-year-old up to five points in 22 playoff contests.
News: Bozak posted an assist and two shots on goal in Saturday's 7-2 loss to the Bruins in Game 3.
Impact: Bozak has produced a pair of helpers in the Stanley Cup Finals so far, but it comes with a minus-2 rating. The center has five goals and 12 points in 22 playoff contests, adding 31 shots and 29 hits so far while also seeing trace amounts of power-play time, which is where his helper Saturday came on a goal by Colton Parayko.
News: O'Reilly managed an assist in Saturday's 7-2 loss to the Bruins in Game 3.
Impact: O'Reilly now has two assists in three contests in the Stanley Cup Finals, but also carries a minus-2 rating. The center had an unusually poor evening, winning only 8 of his 23 faceoffs, far below his 56.9 percent win rate on draws in the regular season. O'Reilly will need to be a more effective table-setter if the Blues are to overturn a 2-1 series deficit.
News: Parayko scored a power-play tally and added two PIM in Saturday's 7-2 loss to the Bruins in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Impact: Parayko led all skaters with 26:54 in the game. The blueliner has 12 points (two goals, 10 helpers) in 22 playoff contests, adding 52 shots, 33 hits and 34 blocked shots. Three of his points have come on the man advantage.
News: Barbashev scored his third goal of the playoffs in Saturday's 7-2 loss to the Bruins in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Impact: The center added three shots on goal, three hits and two PIM in the contest. Barbashev has six points in 22 postseason games, along with 65 hits.
News: Allen allowed a goal on four shots in relief of Jordan Binnington in Saturday's 7-2 loss to the Bruins in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Impact: He hadn't played since April 3, instead serving as Binnington's backup for the entirety of the playoffs to this point. Allen was not tested much and failed to rise to the occasion in his 24:28 of a lost cause. With that said, it is plausible Allen could see more time if the Blues get desperate now that they trail the Bruins 2-1 in the Cup finals.
News: Binnington allowed five goals on 19 shots before being pulled from Saturday's 7-2 loss to the Bruins in Game 3.
Impact: It's the first time Binnington has been given the hook during the playoffs, as he played only 32:12 in Saturday's contest before Jake Allen came on in relief. Binnington's GAA ballooned to 2.54 with a .909 save percentage. With the Blues trailing 2-1 in the series, it's unclear if Binnington will be given a chance to redeem himself in Game 4 on Monday.
News: Binnington will guard the goal in Saturday's Game 3 against the Bruins in St. Louis, NHL.com's Dan Rosen reports.
Impact: Binnington was dialed in during Wednesday's Game 2, stopping 21 of 23 shots en route to his 13th win of the playoffs. The rookie backstop will look to help the Blues gain the upper hand in their series with Boston by shooting for his sixth home victory of this postseason.
News: Thomas (undisclosed) won't be in the lineup for Saturday's Game 3 against the Bruins, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Thomas will miss a second straight contest due to the lingering injury he's been dealing with for most of the postseason. The rookie forward was, however, considered a "possibility" for Game 3, so he can be considered day-to-day ahead of Monday's Game 4.
News: Dunn (upper body) likely won't be ready in time for Saturday's Game 3 clash with Boston, per Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic.
Impact: Coach Craig Berube told reporters Dunn is an option, but the defenseman seemed less optimistic. The Ontario native didn't participate in line rushes at Friday's practice, which is the best indicator of who will dress for Saturday's clash. Once given the all-clear, the youngster should rejoin the lineup, though his extended absence could see him relegated to the press box if Berube wants to avoid shuffling up his defensive pairings.
News: According to coach Craig Berube, Thomas (undisclosed) is a "possibility" for Saturday's Game 3 against the Bruins, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Thomas missed Game 2 due to an undisclosed injury and hasn't been practicing for several weeks, leading most to believe he's likely been dealing with a nagging issue for most of the postseason. Nonetheless, the Blues will be without Oscar Sundqvist (suspension) Saturday, which may encourage them to slot Thomas back into the lineup even though he's clearly not currently playing at 100 percent. Another update on the rookie forward's status should surface prior to puck drop in Boston.
News: The NHL Department of Player Safety announced Thursday that Sundqvist will be suspended for one game for boarding Boston's Matt Grzelcyk during Wednesday's Game 2 win over the Bruins.
Impact: Sundqvist leveled Grzelcyk from behind late in the first period, causing the Boston blueliner's face to violently smash into the glass. The hit didn't seem to originate from any malicious intent, but Grzelcyk was knocked out of the game. With Sundqvist facing a suspension for Game 3, Zachary Sanford may draw into the lineup for the first time since St. Louis' first-round matchup with Winnipeg.
News: According to coach Craig Berube, Dunn (upper body) could return to the lineup for Saturday's Game 3 against the Bruins, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Dunn is clearly on the verge of getting the green light to rejoin the lineup, but the Blues will likely wait and see how he looks during practice Friday before making a final decision on his status for Game 3. Once he's cleared, the 22-year-old will return to his role skating on the Blues' bottom pairing and second power-play unit.
News: Schwartz tallied an assist and fired five shots on goal during Wednesday's Game 2 win over the Bruins.
Impact: Schwartz has been red hot recently, picking up three goals and five points in his last four games. The 26-year-old winger will look to keep rolling and extend his point streak to three contests Saturday when the Blues return home for Game 3.
News: Bortuzzo scored a goal in Wednesday's 3-2 overtime victory over Boston.
Impact: Bortuzzo was able to put one past the netminder for the second time this postseason. With his two playoff tallies, the blueliner matched his regular-season goal total. Not exactly an offensive stud, the Thunder Bay, Ontario native appears to be hitting his stride in the Stanley Cup Finals and could be a decent low-cost fantasy option heading into Game 3 on Saturday.
News: Sundqvist will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety for boarding Boston's Matt Grzelcyk during Wednesday's Game 2 win over the Bruins.
Impact: Sundqvist, who notched an assist while logging 15:24 of ice time in Game 2, leveled Grzelcyk from behind late in the first period, causing the Boston blueliner's face to violently smash into the glass. It didn't appear as though there was any malicious intent behind Sundqvist's hit, but he was assessed a minor penalty, and Grzelcyk was knocked out of the game, which will undoubtedly factor into the Department of Player Safety's ruling. If Sundqvist is issued a suspension for Game 3, Zachary Sanford may draw into the lineup for the first time since St. Louis' first-round matchup with Winnipeg.
News: O'Reilly notched an assist on Carl Gunnarsson's game-winning, overtime goal against the Bruins on Wednesday.
Impact: While O'Reilly may be bogged down in a seven-game goal drought, he has tallied five helpers over that stretch. One concern for fantasy owners should be the center's shot rate, which currently sits at 0.5 per game over his last four contests. The Ontario native's inability to generate opportunities for himself certainly isn't from a lack of minutes, as he is averaging 21:19 of ice time in the postseason, including 3:05 with the man advantage.
News: Bozak garnered an assist in Wednesday's Game 2 victory over Boston.
Impact: While he may not be scoring every night, Bozak has managed to quietly rack up 11 points in 21 postseason contests, including a goal and an assist on the power play. The center figures to continue anchoring the Blues' third line and will have plenty of opportunities to write his name on the scoresheet. Bozak should be a solid value option for the remainder of the Stanley Cup Finals.
News: Binnington made 21 saves in a 3-2 overtime win versus the Bruins in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Wednesday.
Impact: Twice the Blues trailed in Game 2, but both times the visitors found a way to tie the game which eventually led to Carl Gunnarsson scoring his first of the postseason in overtime, evening the series at one game apiece heading back to St. Louis. The win moves Binnington's postseason record to 13-8, to go along with a 2.37 GAA and .915 save percentage.
News: Tarasenko scored his 10th goal of the playoffs Wednesday in a 3-2 overtime win against Boston in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Impact: Wednesday's win saw Tarasenko, in addition to scoring, dish out three hits. The Russian's goal came on a rebound -- off a shot from Jaden Schwartz -- and was Tarasenko's 10th point in his last eight games. In total, Taranseko has scored 10 goals and tallied 15 assists in 21 playoff games, making him as consistent a performer as you'll find in the league today.
News: Gunnarsson's game-winning goal in Wednesday's 3-2 overtime win against Boston was the first postseason goal of his career.
Impact: In addition to scoring in overtime, Gunnarsson recorded an assist on St. Louis' opening goal, giving him his first two points of the playoffs. The third-pairing defenseman could not have chosen a better time to score his first career playoff goal, but don't expect too many performances like this from the 32-year-old blueliner.
News: Dunn (upper body) won't be in action for Game 2 against Boston on Wednesday, Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Dunn will miss his fifth straight game due to his upper-body injury. The blueliner has returned to practice, but remains out of the main group for line rushes. If given the all-clear before the series ends, the Ontario native would likely bump Carl Gunnarsson or Robert Bortuzzo from the lineup.
News: Thomas will not be in the lineup against Boston for Game 2 on Wednesday due to an undisclosed injury, Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Thomas hasn't been in attendance for game-day skates lately, but was still able to suit up for puck drop. Apparently, the center is no longer able to power through and will miss his first game of the postseason. While coach Craig Berube wouldn't confirm his lineup, Robby Fabbri has served as the primary stand-in for practices and figures to slot into a third-line role with Thomas on the shelf.
News: Binnington will patrol the crease in Wednesday's Game 2 against the Bruins in Boston, NHL.com reports.
Impact: Binnington was pretty solid in Monday's Game 1, turning aside 34 of 37 shots, but it ultimately wasn't enough, as the Bruins were able to storm back after trailing 2-0 early on to secure a convincing 4-2 victory. The rookie netminder will look to stay focused and help his team gain home-ice advantage in the series by trying to pick up his eighth road win of the playoffs.
News: Dunn (upper body) might be an option for Wednesday's Game 2 clash with Boston, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Coach Craig Berube wouldn't go so far as to confirm Dunn would be in the lineup, but it appears the blueliner is trending in the right direction. If the 21-year-old does suit up, it would likely come at the expense of Carl Gunnarsson or Robert Bortuzzo. At this point, fantasy owners should consider Dunn a game-time decision Wednesday.
News: Bouwmeester notched an assist and went plus-2 in Monday's 4-2 loss to the Bruins in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Impact: Bouwmeester was the only Blues skater outside of the top line to register a point. The 35-year-old defenseman has six assists in 20 games in the postseason, but hadn't made his way onto the scoresheet in his previous 10 appearances.
News: Schwartz posted an assist and three hits in Monday's 4-2 loss to the Bruins in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Impact: Schwartz, Vladimir Tarasenko and Brayden Schenn combined for four points in the contest, but the other skaters couldn't chip in much to help. Schwartz is up to 17 points in 20 postseason contests, with 54 shots on goal and 36 hits as well.
News: Tarasenko scored a goal on two shots in Monday's 4-2 loss to the Bruins in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Impact: The Russian winger picked up right where he left off nearly a week ago, potting his tally in the second period to give the Blues a 2-0 lead at the time. He'll need to be at the top of his game, but riding a seven-game point streak (four goals, five helpers) at this time of year makes Tarasenko one of the best fantasy options in the Cup finals.
News: Schenn notched a goal and an assist in Monday's 4-2 loss to the Bruins in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Impact: Schenn opened the scoring in the first period before providing the only assist on Vladimir Tarasenko's second-period tally, but that was all the offense the Blues would have in Game 1. Schenn is up to three goals and nine points in 20 postseason contests. The two-point performance could be a sign of good things to come for the 27-year-old center in the Cup finals.
News: Binnington allowed three goals on 37 shots in Monday's 4-2 loss to the Bruins in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Impact: Binnington had a 2-0 lead to protect early in the second period, but the Bruins potted four unanswered goals over the final 39 minutes of the game. Binnington has a 2.40 GAA and a .915 save percentage through 20 postseason contests in his rookie campaign, and he's likely to man the crease throughout the series.
News: Dunn (upper body) will not be in the lineup against Boston for Game 1 on Monday, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Dunn was on the ice for the game-day skate sporting a regular helmet, but remains day-to-day. The blueliner's absence will keep Carl Gunnarsson on the third pairing along with Robert Bortuzzo. Once cleared to play, Dunn should see minutes similar to his postseason average (16:33) prior to getting hurt.
News: Thomas (undisclosed) will suit up for Monday's Game 1 despite not practicing in full on Sunday, Jim Thomas of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Thomas joined practice late to do some work on his own but he appears to be healthy. The rookie winger notched 33 points in the regular season but has just six points in 19 postseason contests.
News: Dunn (upper body) will make the trip to Boston for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Bruins on Monday, Jim Thomas of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Dunn has been sidelined since taking a puck to the face in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals against San Jose, but he was spotted on the ice with his teammates Saturday wearing a full face mask, which suggests he may be able to gut it out and suit up Monday with some extra hardware. Another update on the 22-year-old blueliner's status should be released following Sunday's practice.
News: Dunn (upper body) resumed skating Wednesday and is trending in the right direction for a return to action Monday for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals against St. Louis, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Dunn will need to be cleared to practice before Monday's contest in order to be a candidate to rejoin the lineup, but it appears as though there's a chance that could happen at some point over the weekend. Once he's given the green light, the 22-year-old blueliner will return to his role skating on the Blues' bottom pairing and second power-play unit.
News: Binnington is slated to be between the pipes for Monday's Game 1 road clash with Boston, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports.
Impact: With the Blues in last place in the league Jan. 3 with just 34 points, the club made the decision to promote Binnington from the minors a few days later (Jan. 5). The netminder never looked back as he went 24-5-1 with five shutouts and a 1.89 GAA in 32 appearances to help the club make the playoffs. In the postseason, the 25-year-old is sporting a slightly higher 2.36 GAA, but has his club playing for Lord Stanley's chalice.
News: Thomas posted a power-play assist in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Sharks in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals.
Impact: Thomas had been held without a point in the first five games of the series. The emergence of the Blues' fourth line as a depth-scoring threat has led to Thomas' ice time dropping from 15:32 in Game 1 to just 9:20 in Game 6. The rookie forward has a goal and five helpers in 19 postseason games.
News: Sundqvist notched an assist and six hits in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Sharks in Game 6.
Impact: Sundqvist posted two goals and a helper with 24 hits and 12 shots on goal in the series. Through 19 playoff games, the Swedish center has eight points, 60 hits and 38 shots on goal as a potential budget option for DFS players during the Stanley Cup Finals.
News: Parayko generated a power-play assist in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Sharks in Game 6.
Impact: Parayko collected four assists, 13 shots on goal, nine hits and 11 blocked shots over the six-game series. His 11 points in 19 playoff games are already a personal best for the 26-year-old defender in a single postseason run.
News: Pietrangelo managed a power-play assist, three shots and three blocked shots in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Sharks in Game 6.
Impact: Pietrangelo only had two helpers in the series, but he's up to a solid 13 points in 19 contests during the playoff run. He's added 40 blocked shots and 55 shots on goal, making the blueliner a strong option for fantasy owners entering the Stanley Cup Finals.
News: Blais picked up an assist and two hits in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Sharks in Game 6.
Impact: Blais has contributed three points and 48 hits in eight postseason contests. The physical winger isn't likely to get on the scoresheet much, but he is listed on the second line for the Blues.
News: Barbashev scored an empty-net goal and added three hits in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Sharks in Game 6.
Impact: Barbashev had two goals and a helper over the final four games of the series, adding 10 hits and eight shots in that span. The Blues have emerged as a team comfortable with all four of their forward lines, and Barbashev's recent contributions are a big part of that. He has skated at least 12:30 in each of the last five games as well, making him a viable depth option in the Stanley Cup Finals.
News: Bozak scored a goal in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Sharks in Game 6.
Impact: Bozak's third-period goal, his third of the series, provided welcomed insurance as the Blues marched to the 4-2 series win. Bozak has five goals and assists apiece in 19 postseason contests as a solid bottom-six point producer.
News: Schenn scored a power-play goal in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Sharks in Game 6.
Impact: Schenn had gone 13 games without a tally before scoring in the second period to restore a two-goal lead for the Blues at the time. Schenn has only two goals and seven points in 19 contests during the playoffs, as the top-line center has struggled to produce much offense.
News: Tarasenko scored a power-play goal on two shots in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Sharks in Game 6.
Impact: The first-period tally would ultimately stand as the series-clinching goal, as the Sharks only beat Blues goalie Jordan Binnington once. Tarasenko registered a point in every game of the Western Conference finals, compiling three goals and five helpers in the six-game series after managing just five goals in the first two rounds combined. Tarasenko will need to continue to be the center of the Blues' offense as they meet the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Finals.
News: O'Reilly provided three assists and a plus-2 rating in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Sharks in Game 6.
Impact: O'Reilly didn't tickle twine himself, but he assisted David Perron, Vladimir Tarasenko and Tyler Bozak on goals as the Blues took the Western Conference finals by a 4-2 margin. O'Reilly ended the series with a goal and four helpers in six games, giving the 28-year-old center three tallies and 11 assists in 19 playoff games this year.
News: Perron scored a goal and added a helper in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Sharks in Game 6.
Impact: Perron redirected a Sammy Blais shot for the opening goal just 1:32 into the game, and then supplied a helper on Tyler Bozak's insurance tally in the third period. Perron is at six goals and 13 points through 19 postseason contests, including three goals and four helpers in six outings versus the Sharks.
News: Binnington allowed only one goal on 26 shots in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Sharks in Game 6.
Impact: After allowing 12 goals in the first three games of the series, Binnington stopped 75 of the final 77 shots he faced, winning three straight games to book the Blues' ticket to the Stanley Cup Finals. Binnington has a 2.37 GAA and a .914 save percentage through 19 games in the postseason. He's shown a trend of improving later in series, never allowing more than two goals in Game 5 or later.
News: Binnington is slated to start Tuesday's Game 6 home clash with San Jose.
Impact: Binnington is coming off a 21-save, shutout performance in Game 5 and will no doubt be eager to close out the Sharks and avoid a trip back to San Jose for Game 7. After two uneven starts in Games 1 and 3, the young netminder appears to be back on track, as he allowed just one goal on 51 shots in his last two outings. The deeper the Blues make it into the postseason, the bigger the check they will have to cut for Binnington this summer, as he is set to become a restricted free agent.
News: Schenn dished out an assist with five shots on goal and two hits during Sunday's Game 5 win over San Jose.
Impact: After notching 54 points in 72 regular-season contests, Schenn has just six points in 18 games during this postseason run. Still, the 27-year-old has averaged two shots and three hits per game during that same span.
News: Sundqvist tallied a goal with four shots and four hits in Sunday's Game 5 win over the Sharks.
Impact: It was his second goal of the series and fourth of the postseason. He's made his presence known a bit more than he did during the last series against the Stars where he notched just one assist in seven contests.
News: Perron notched an assist and two hits in Sunday's Game 5 victory over the Sharks.
Impact: Perron is up to five points this series and 11 points in 18 postseason contests. The 30-year-old forward has been one of the team's best contributors during the playoffs, including chipping in four points on the power play. He'll try to keep rolling and help lead St. Louis to the finals after Game 6 on Tuesday.
News: Dunn (upper body) will not be in the lineup against San Jose for Tuesday's Game 6 tilt, Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: At this point, fantasy owners would be justified in wondering if Dunn will return at all during the postseason. Coach Craig Berube continues to classify the blueliner as day-to-day, but the fact that the youngster has yet to resume skating doesn't bode well for a short-term absence. Until Dunn is given the all-clear, Robert Bortuzzo and Carl Gunnarsson figure to continue to make up the third pairing.
News: Barbashev won't face supplementary discipline from the league for his hit on Tomas Hertl in Game 5 on Sunday, Greg Wyshynski of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: As Greg Wyshynski stated, the league was unable to determine conclusively that the head was the main point of contact, which means Barbashev will be available for Tuesday's Game 6 clash. Through the first five contests of the series, the winger notched one goal, one assist and eight shots while averaging 13:09 of ice time. While he is unlikely to put up significant production due to his bottom-six role, the Russian might be a solid depth option for fantasy owners heading into Tuesday's tilt.
News: Tarasenko scored a goal and added two assists, one on the power play, during Sunday's 5-0 win over the Sharks in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals.
Impact: The 27-year-old sniper had been remarkably quiet so far in the postseason, managing only one multi-point effort while scoring six goals and nine points through 17 games coming into Sunday, but Tarasenko picked a great time to bust out. He'll look to extend his five-game point streak Tuesday on home ice, as the Blues attempt to advance to their first Stanley Cup appearance in nearly a half-century.
News: Schwartz scored three goals, including one on the power play, during Sunday's 5-0 win over the Sharks in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals.
Impact: After being held off the scoresheet in the last two games, Schwartz erupted for his second hat trick of the playoffs, with the first coming back in the first round in the series-clinching game against the Jets. The 26-year-old now has 11 goals and 15 points through 15 postseason games, and the Sharks will need to find a way to neutralize Schwartz on Tuesday in St. Louis if they're going to extend this series to seven games.
News: Binnington stopped all 21 shots he faced during Sunday's 5-0 win over the Sharks in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals.
Impact: A banged-up San Jose squad couldn't mount much sustained pressure, allowing the rookie netminder to record his first career postseason shutout. Binnington will take a 2.44 GAA and .912 save percentage into Tuesday's Game 6 on home ice, as the Blues look to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals.
News: Binnington will be between the pipes Sunday for Game 5 against San Jose, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.
Impact: As expected, head coach Craig Berube will stick with Binnington for Game 5. The 25-year-old has been solid this postseason, going 10-7, including a 6-2 record away from home. Binnington is coming off a stellar performance in Game 4, one that saw him stop 29 of 30 shots in a 2-1 win that evened the series at two games apiece.
News: Toropchenko picked up a natural hat trick in Guelph's 5-2 win over Rouyn-Noranda in Memorial Cup action Saturday.
Impact: In what was the opening game of the tournament for both teams, Toropchenko scored three times in just over seven minutes in the first period to put the game out of reach early. Originally a fourth-round selection (113th overall) of the Blues in 2017, the Russian scored exactly 17 goals in each of the past two regular seasons for Guelph. Toropchenko signed his entry-level contract with St. Louis in December.