St. Louis Blues Player News: All Positions

News: Schenn (upper body) will miss a second consecutive game Saturday, when the Blues play host to the Bruins, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Schenn reportedly remains day-to-day with his injury. The Blues saw their 11-game winning streak come to an end with the gritty two-way performer out of pocket against the Stars on Thursday, but this doesn't seem like an injury that will keep Schenn out for long.
News: Tarasenko scored his 12th power-play goal of the season as part of a 5-2 loss to Dallas on Thursday.
Impact: The goal was Tarasenko's 27th of the year and moves him to 53 points through 60 games. The Russian-born sniper has scored five goals in his past five games and recently saw his 12-game point streak snapped after racking up 11 goals and 11 assists over that span.
News: O'Reilly scored his 24th goal of the season and added an assist as well in a 5-2 loss to the Stars on Thursday.
Impact: While not the result he or his teammates were hoping for, O'Reilly now has 10 points in his last seven games and 63 total in 61 games this season. The Blues' top center has recorded points in 18 of 23 games since Jan. 1, registering 28 points over that stretch. The loss snaps St. Louis' 11-game win streak.
News: Binnington allowed four goals on 24 shots in a 5-2 loss to Dallas on Thursday, snapping St. Louis' 11-game win streak.
Impact: In his last 10 games, Binnington has posted a 9-1-0 record. Thursday's loss represents the lone blemish in what's otherwise been an extended run of flawlessness on the part of the Blues' netminder. Binnington was not at his best versus the Stars, and as a result, will see his record fall to 13-2-1 with a 1.75 GAA and .931 save percentage. A tough matchup awaits Saturday when St. Louis hosts the Bruins.
News: The Blues recalled Blais from AHL San Antonio on Thursday.
Impact: Brayden Schenn missed Thursday's game against Dallas due to an upper-body injury, so Blais will be on hand in case Schenn is unable to go Saturday against the Bruins. The 22-year-old winger has notched 18 points in 25 AHL appearances this campaign.
News: Binnington will get the call between the pipes for Thursday's road clash versus the Stars, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Binnington will be in charge of extending the Blues' franchise record-breaking 11-game win streak, which doesn't come as a surprise considering he has been responsible for nine of the 11 wins during that span. The 25-year-old netminder has been dominant in six road starts during the stretch, owning a .965 save percentage and a 0.82 GAA. He takes on a Stars club that ranks in the bottom third of scoring (three goals per game) on home ice this season.
News: Schenn will miss Thursday's game against the Stars due to an upper-body injury, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Schenn's omission from the lineup invokes curiosity, as he was able to clear 20 minutes in Tuesday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Maple Leafs. According to Jim Thomas of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, we can expect Blues coach Craig Berube to shift Jaden Schwartz over to Schenn's spot on the No. 1 power-play unit against the Stars, and this should open up offensive opportunities for Alexander Steen as well.
News: Husso has been sidelined since Dec. 27 with an ankle injury and is having it checked out by the Blues' medical staff in St. Louis, Jim Thomas of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. He is closing in on returning to the ice for AHL San Antonio.
Impact: Husso remains one of the top AHL options for recall in the even an injury arises at the NHL level, but his struggles in the minors this season have taken some of the shine off of what looked to be a promising start to his time with the Rampage, when he posted a 2.42 GAA and a .922 save percentage in 2017-18. He should retake the cage as the primary netminder for San Antonio when healthy, but the 24-year-old Finn will need some sustained success before a permanent promotion is considered. Jordan Binnington has also taken advantage of his opportunity at the top level, likely blocking Husso's path to a primary starting role with the Blues in the near future.
News: Perron (upper body) will not play in Thursday's road game against Dallas, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Impact: The 30-year-old hasn't suited up in game action since Jan. 19 due to the upper-body injury. Perron has been solid for the Blues this campaign, notching 35 points in 45 games. With Perron out, fantasy owners could continue to ride Robert Thomas, who has six points in his last seven games.
News: Gunnarsson (lower body) will not suit up in Thursday's road game against Dallas, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Impact: The 32-year-old was placed on injured reserve on Feb. 16 and hasn't seen the ice since Feb 5. Gunnarsson has been solid for the Blues, as he's racked up seven points in 18 games. The Swede is still being evaluated on a daily basis, and his next chance to suit up will be Saturday against Boston.
News: Steen set up a goal in Tuesday's win over the Maple Leafs.
Impact: Steen cut off a breakout pass and quickly fed Tyler Bozak with a backhand pass, and Bozak dished it to Schwartz backdoor to open the scoring. The veteran winger missed the previous two games due to the birth of his daughter, but he now has an assist in each of the last four contests.
News: Bozak dished out two helpers in Tuesday's win over the Maple Leafs.
Impact: Since the Blues moved Bozak up to the second line, they've won 11 straight games. After getting used to his new line, Bozak has benefited greatly from the move as well with six points over the last six games. As long as the Blues keep rolling, he'll likely keep working with this unit and could be a value add in daily fantasy settings.
News: O'Reilly scored the game-winning goal in Tuesday's 3-2 overtime win versus the Maple Leafs.
Impact: O'Reilly's line with Vladimir Tarasenko and Brayden Schenn has been hot during the Blues' win streak, but they were quiet all game. O'Reilly changed that in overtime. He started by cutting off a pass intended for a wide-open John Tavares in the slot, then taking the puck the length of the ice and sending a wrister past Frederick Andersen to secure the Blues' 11th straight victory. O'Reilly now has five goals and 12 points during the streak.
News: Parayko potted a goal in Tuesday's win over the Maple Leafs.
Impact: Parayko is known for having a cannon of a slap shot. In this case, Parayko unleashed a rocket that appeared to go off the cross bar so play carried on, but eventually the game horn sounded, signalling his shot went in the net and bounced back out before the referees could even see. This was Parayko's career-high 10th score of the season.
News: Schwartz tickled the twine and added an assist in Tuesday's win over the Maple Leafs.
Impact: He opened the scoring midway through the first period on a backdoor pass from Tyler Bozak, and he assisted Colton Parayko's goal later in the same frame. Schwartz notably broke a 22-game goalless streak with a score Feb. 12 versus the Devils, and he's heating up now with three goals and three assists over the last six games.
News: Binnington steered away 31 of 33 shots in Tuesday's win over the Maple Leafs.
Impact: Binnington had back-to-back shutouts leading into this outing, and he was perfect through the first two periods. Unfortunately, early in the third frame Blues defenseman Joel Edmundson deflected Zach Hyman's pass behind Binnington to end the Blues' shutout streak at 233:50. Jake Allen contributed 59:43 to that effort with a shutout win over the Avalanche on Saturday. Binnington has tied the Blues' rookie record with nine straight wins.
News: Binnington will get the starting nod at home versus the Maple Leafs on Tuesday, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Impact: After posting consecutive shutouts, Binnington was never going to come out of the crease for Tuesday's tilt. The young netminder is riding an eight-game winning streak during which he's posted a 1.24 GAA and .949 save percentage. A clash with a Maple Leafs squad that is averaging 3.55 goals (fourth best in the league) will be a tough out for the Ontario native to continue his winning ways.
News: Perron (upper body) will not suit up in Tuesday's game against the visiting Maple Leafs, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Impact: The 30-year-old hasn't suited up in game action since Jan. 19 due to the upper-body injury. Robert Thomas has been solid filling in for Perron, racking up six points in his last six games. The Blues will continue to monitor the winger leading up to Thursday's game against Dallas.
News: Steen (personal) is back with the Blues following the birth of his child, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Steen figures to return into his spot on the second line along with retaking his role on the power play, where he is averaging 1:34 of ice time and recorded five of his 18 points this season. Injuries have limited the winger to just 46 games, which will see him fail to hit the 40-point mark for the first time since the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign.
News: Blais was sent down to AHL San Antonio by the Blues on Sunday.
Impact: Blais' departure from the big club suggests fellow forward Alexander Steen will almost certainly be ready to return for Tuesday's game against Toronto after missing both weekend contests for the birth of his child. For his part, Blais has just three points in 24 games this season.
News: Schenn scored a goal and an assist in Sunday's 4-0 win over the Wild.
Impact: The Blues' No. 1 line of Vladimir Tarasenko, Ryan O'Reilly and Schenn has been a juggernaut lately, and the 27-year-old winger has hit the scoresheet in 11 of the last 13 games, racking up two goals and 15 points over that stretch. A couple of slumps have hurt Schenn's production this season, but he's still on pace for his fourth straight 50-point campaign, and if he stays hot down the stretch he has the upside for much more.
News: O'Reilly scored a goal and an assist, both on the power play, in Sunday's 4-0 win over the Wild.
Impact: The veteran center continues to thrive alongside Vladimir Tarasenko on the Blues' No. 1 line and top power-play unit, and O'Reilly now has nine goals and 28 points in his last 24 games. He's already reached 60 points for the fourth time in his career, but barring an injury or unexpected slump, 80-plus points seems well within his reach.
News: Tarasenko scored a goal and two assists in Sunday's 4-0 win over the Wild.
Impact: Unlike Saturday, when Tarasenko was held in check until the third period, the 27-year-old wasted no time in extending his scoring streak to 12 games with a power-play tally a little over five minutes into Sunday's game. One of his helpers also came with the man advantage, giving Tarasenko 10 goals and 16 points on the power play -- matching his total from all of last season. With 11 goals and 22 points over the course of his scoring streak, he's one of the hottest snipers in the league right now, and has played a big part in the Blues' surge into playoff contention.
News: Binnington turned aside all 31 shots he faced in Sunday's 4-0 win over the Wild.
Impact: The Blues have now shut out their last three opponents, with Binnington recording two of them. He's set a Blues franchise rookie record with eight straight wins, posting an incredible 1.24 GAA and .949 save percentage over that stretch, and the team's outstanding performance at both ends of the ice has installed the 25-year-old as arguably the most valuable goalie in the league from a fantasy perspective.
News: Binnington will defend the road twine in Sunday's game versus the Wild, Jim Thomas of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Binnington is seeking his eighth straight win while the Blues are looking for 10 in a row. The rookie netminder has been outstanding this campaign with a .931 save percentage, 1.69 GAA and 11-1-1 record. The Wild, on the other hand, haven't been as hot with seven losses in the last eight outings and four straight losses at home.
News: Steen won't join the team for Sunday's game versus the Wild after his wife gave birth Saturday, Jim Thomas of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Steen will miss his second straight game, keeping Robby Fabbri as the Blues' second-line right wing. The Blues come back to St. Louis on Tuesday for a meeting with the Maple Leafs, and Steen is expected back in the lineup for that contest.
News: Tarasenko scored a goal and an assist while adding seven shots and a plus-2 rating in Saturday's 3-0 win over the Avalanche.
Impact: The Blues' offense got held in check by Seymon Varlamov for two periods but finally broke through in the third, with Tarasenko unsurprisingly leading the way. The 27-year-old now has an 11-game point streak and has recorded multi-point performances in four straight, piling up 10 goals and 19 points during the streak. Saturday's goal was also his 25th of the year, a mark he's now reached in five straight seasons.
News: Allen turned aside all 32 shots he faced in Saturday's 3-0 win over the Avalanche.
Impact: The shutout was his second of the season, but it was the third for the Blues in their last six games, with Jordan Binnington collecting the others. Allen has only seen two starts since Jan. 17, but with the whole team playing well at the moment, the 28-year-old still has fantasy value as a DFS option when he does get the call.
News: Blais was recalled from AHL San Antonio by the Blues on Saturday, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Alexander Steen went back to St. Louis for the birth of his child, so Blais is being called up to serve as depth for Sunday's road game versus the Wild. The Blues are on a nine-game win streak and have been hesitant to shake up the lineup already, so it's unlikely Blais suits up unless injuries surface in the forward corps.
News: Gunnarsson (lower body) has been placed on injured reserve, per the NHL media site.
Impact: Gunnarsson is still considered day-to-day and has been out since Feb. 5, so his retroactive placement on IR will allow him to return whenever healthy. Given the short turnaround for Sunday's game against the Wild, it wouldn't be surprising if he skips at least one more. The Blues still have seven healthy blueliners to choose from if Gunnarsson remains in the press box.
News: Fabbri will suit up for Saturday's road game versus the Avalanche, Jim Thomas of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Fabbri has been a healthy scratch for 10 straight games, and coach Craig Berube has been hesitant to change up the lineup with the Blues on an eight-game win streak. However, Alex Steen is headed back to St. Louis for the birth of his child, opening up a spot in the lineup for the 23-year-old. Fabbri will slot into Steen's spot on the second line with Tyler Bozak and Jaden Schwartz.
News: Allen will defend the road cage in Saturday's game versus the Avalanche, Jim Thomas of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Allen is the clear backup to rookie Jordan Binnington now, but he'll get the start on the first half of back-to-back games. He held his own in his last outing versus the Predators, hanging on for a 5-4 overtime win. The pressure is clearly on Allen now to perform and keep pace with Binnington. He'll look to earn the Blues their ninth straight win against an Avalanche team which has a pitiful 10-11-5 record at home.
News: Updating a previous report, it will be Jake Allen -- and not Binnington -- between the pipes for Saturday's road game against the Avalanche.
Impact: With the Blues scheduled for back-to-back games, it's all about Blues coach Craig Berube carefully considering who would be a better fit for the road matchups at hand. Evidently, Binnington would be better suited to take on Minnesota on Sunday, but check back for official confirmation closer to that game. Binnington has been brilliant for St. Louis, posting an 11-1-1 record, 1.69 GAA and .931 save percentage through 15 games as a rookie.
News: With the Blues scheduled to face the Avalanche, Steen will return home Saturday for the birth of his child, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Impact: The Notes will go right back to work Sunday against the Wild to complete a back-to-back set of games, so there's a chance that Steen will be back at that point. In the meantime, look for Robby Fabbri to emerge from the press box to face Colorado.
News: Binnington will guard the cage in Saturday's road game against the Avalanche, NHL.com's Rick Sadowski reports.
Impact: Binnington has been outstanding over the past three weeks, stringing together seven consecutive wins while posting an impressive 1.42 GAA and .939 save percentage over that span. The 25-year-old backstop will look to keep rolling and pick up his 12th victory of the season in a road matchup with an Avalanche team that's posted a disappointing 10-11-5 record at home this campaign.
News: Gunnarsson (lower body) is still considered day-to-day ahead of Saturday's matchup with Colorado, NHL.com's Rick Sadowski reports.
Impact: Gunnarsson will miss a sixth straight contest Saturday, but his day-to-day tag suggests he could return to action as soon as Sunday against Minnesota. Once healthy, the 32-year-old blueliner will likely bounce Robert Bortuzzo from the lineup.
News: Sanford is pointless in seven games since the All-Star break.
Impact: He has 12 shots on net and 12 blocked shots in that span, but it's troubling that the 24-year-old hasn't been able to chip in offensively despite the Blues averaging four goals per game in that span. The Blues have two games left on their road trip -- Saturday versus the Avalanche and Sunday versus the Wild -- before David Perron (upper body) has a chance to return to the lineup. Sanford appears to be a bubble player who could be scratched when that happens.
News: Thomas sent out a power-play assist in Thursday's win over the Coyotes.
Impact: Thomas battled for the puck along the boards before pushing a no-look pass between his legs to Brayden Schenn, who fed Vladimir Tarasenko to extend the Blues' lead to 3-0. The 19-year-old looks confident on the power play with stars like Ryan O'Reilly and Tarasenko, and he now has five assists -- two on the man advantage -- over the last four games. He could be valuable daily fantasy asset Saturday against Colorado's 28th-ranked penalty kill at 76.5 percent.
News: Steen dished out an assist during 15:08 TOI in Thursday's win over the Coyotes.
Impact: He fed a stretch pass to Jaden Schwartz, who found Joel Edmundson in the slot for the game's opening score. Steen now has a three-game assist streak, but he doesn't have a goal since lighting the lamp on the road Nov. 30 versus the Avalanche. The Blues are headed to Colorado on Saturday, so Steen will look to repeat that effort and break the slump.
News: Bortuzzo lit the lamp and blocked two shots in Thursday's win over the Coyotes.
Impact: Bortuzzo now has a point in back-to-back games with his first goal in 30 outings. The Blues' defensemen are starting to chip in with nine goals in the last seven games, so it seemed like Bortuzzo was just waiting for his chance. The rugged blueliner now has nine points in 35 games.
News: Sundqvist dished out a pair of helpers in Thursday's 4-0 win over the Coyotes.
Impact: Sundqvist has quietly racked up three goals and four assists in his past nine games, though this was his first multi-point effort of the productive stretch. The 24-year-old Swede had just nine points in 70 games heading into this season, so he's already exceeded expectations significantly with 21 points in 48 games.
News: Edmundson recorded a goal and an assist in Thursday's 4-0 win over Arizona.
Impact: Edmundson snapped a 26-game point drought when he opened the scoring just 3:33 into the first period, and he added a helper later in the opening frame to make this his first multi-point effort of the season. He rounded out his stat line with two shots, two blocks and a plus-2 rating, raising his total in the latter category to plus-7 over the past two games. Make no mistake, this was an outlier for the stay-at-home blueliner.
News: Tarasenko scored two goals -- one on the power play -- in Thursday's 4-0 win over the Blues.
Impact: Rookie goalie Jordan Binnington is rightfully getting most of the credit for St. Louis' recent turnaround, but Tarasenko's played a major role in the team's improvement as well. The Russian winger stretched his point streak to double digits with this effort, compiling nine goals and 17 points during this streak. He also has eight points (five goals) in just the past three games.
News: Binnington set aside all 21 Arizona shots in Thursday's 4-0 win.
Impact: Binnington came into this contest with a sparkling 10-1-1 record, 1.82 GAA and .927 save percentage, and those numbers got even shinier thanks to the rookie netminder's third shutout over this scintillating stretch. Owners who scooped Binnington up earlier in this run should continue to roll him out with confidence, as the Blues are limiting opposing chances and Binnington's gobbling up the vast majority of pucks that get through St. Louis' tight-checking defense.
News: Binnington will be the starting netminder in Thursday's matchup with Arizona, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Amazingly, the Blues sit in a playoff spot after an atrocious start had everyone writing them off. There isn't a single player more responsible for this turnaround than Binnington, a 25-year-old who had one game of NHL experience prior to 2018-19. Binnington made his season debut Dec. 16 and has gone on to post a 10-1-1 record with a 1.82 GAA and .927 save percentage in 14 contests. He'll look to stay hot against an Arizona team that ranks 28th in scoring.
News: Gunnarsson (lower body) won't rejoin the lineup against Arizona on Thursday, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Gunnarsson will miss his fifth straight contest due to his lower-body problem. Prior to getting hurt, the blueliner was rolling with four points in his last six outings. If he can pick up where he left off once cleared to play, the Swede has a chance to top the 20-point mark for the first time in his career.
News: MacEachern lit the lamp in Tuesday's win over the Devils.
Impact: MacEachern hauled in a stretch pass form Pietrangelo and split defenders before beating Keith Kinkaid to give the Blues a four-goal lead. The rookie is quickly becoming a well-known skater in The Lou due to his catchy name, in-season contract extension and now three goals in 12 games. With David Perron (upper body) likely staying home for the Blues upcoming three-game trip, MacEachern should stay in the lineup for the time being.
News: Thomas dished out an assist in Tuesday's win over the Devils.
Impact: Thomas fired a shot that rung off the post, and Ivan Barbashev scooped it up and sent it home to put the Blues up 2-0 in the first period. The 19-year-old continues working on the fourth line, but he gets utilized on the power play as well. The lack of ice time hasn't held him back lately, as Thomas sports a three-game point streak (four assists).
News: Gunnarsson (lower body) will travel for the Blues' three game road trip, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Gunnarsson hasn't seen the ice since Feb. 5 and doesn't have a return date set. Even though he's making the trip, the 32-year-old will have his status monitored daily. When the Swede returns, it would likely push Robert Bortuzzo out of the lineup.
News: Coach Craig Berube disclosed Wednesday that he doesn't anticipate Perron (upper body) joining the Blues on their upcoming three-game road trip, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Perron looks to be headed for another three games on the sidelines, placing his next potential return date Feb. 19. The return of Robert Thomas on Feb. 2 helped provide some depth up front for a surging Blues club that will only get better when Perron is cleared to play.
News: Schenn set up two goals in Tuesday's 8-3 victory against New Jersey.
Impact: After having his five-game point streak snapped Sunday, Schenn returned to his productive ways Tuesday. After a brutal start to the campaign, Schenn has surged with 11 points over his past 10 games, helping the Blues to an 8-2-0 record over that span. That being said, it's worth noting that Schenn hasn't put a single shot on goal over the past three contests.
News: Parayko had two assists and a plus-1 rating in Tuesday's 8-3 demolition of New Jersey.
Impact: Having won seven in a row and eight of its last 10, Parayko's St. Louis Blues now astonishingly sit in the Western Conference's first wild-card position. Parayko has played a big part in the team's recent run, tallying a goal and five assists while owning a plus-6 rating over 22:29 of average time on ice.
News: Tarasenko sent out two helpers in Tuesday's win versus the Devils.
Impact: He assisted both of Alex Pietrangelo's goals and finished with a plus-3 rating. Tarasenko now has a career-best nine-game point streak with seven goals and as many assists. A large part of Tarasenko's success has come from his new line of Ryan O'Reilly and Brayden Schenn, as the trio has accumulated 10 goals and 19 assists in eight games together.
News: O'Reilly lit the lamp and notched an assist in Tuesday's win over the Devils.
Impact: Not only has O'Reilly been the most consistent player on the Blues, but he's playing the best hockey of his career with 21 goals and 57 points. He's already just seven points away from his career-high 64 points set with Colorado in the 2013-14 season. O'Reilly also has a plus-23 rating, which is a huge upgrade after he finished the last eight campaigns in the negatives. Cement him into all fantasy lineups.
News: Barbashev scored two goals -- one shorthanded -- and added an assist in Tuesday's 8-3 win over the Devils.
Impact: The Blues' fourth line accounted for two goals in the blowout win, and Barbashev had a hand in both while tacking on a his second goal of the game on the penalty kill. Barbashev now has a career-high eight goals and 18 points through 53 games. Although this is an impressive performance, his production is too inconsistent for use in season-long fantasy leagues.
News: Bozak scored a goal and tacked on an assist in Tuesday's win over the Devils.
Impact: Bozak has been playing in the top six since the All-Star break, and he's finally finding his groove. He won a faceoff in the first period to secure a secondary helper on Jaden Schwartz's goal and scored one of his own on a deflection off a defender in the second frame. Bozak has three points in the last two games, but he may drop out of the top six after David Perron (upper body) returns to the lineup.
News: Schwartz lit the lamp in Tuesday's win over the Devils.
Impact: The Blues won the faceoff and Jaden Schwartz fired a shot through off a defender's skate and into the back of the net. A huge weight was immediately taken off Schwartz's shoulders, as the winger was held without a goal for 22 straight games despite firing 72 shots on net in that span. It looked like he notched another score later but it was waved off for goalie interference. Hopefully this can be enough to get Schwartz back on track as the Blues make a push for the playoffs.
News: Pietrangelo scored two goals and notched an apple in Tuesday's 8-3 win over the Devils.
Impact: This was the Blues' biggest blowout of the season since they beat the Blackhawks 7-3 in October. That was also Pietrangelo's last three-point game. It's no secret that Pietrangelo isn't living up to expectations on the blue line this season, but he's getting back on track with five points during the Blues' seven-game winning streak. They'll need him to keep producing going forward, and fantasy owners should be comfortable trusting him again.
News: Binnington yielded three goals on 23 shots in Tuesday's 8-3 win over the Devils.
Impact: The Blues had a 7-1 lead in the third period, so the final two goals Binnington allowed were in garbage time. That doesn't provide much solace for fantasy owners that have been riding his hot streak, but the 26-year-old now has six straight wins and a 10-1-1 record on the season. Keep him in your fantasy lineup
News: Coach Craig Berube said he's optimistic Perron (upper body) will return for the Blues' upcoming road trip starting Thursday in Arizona, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Perron has sat out nine straight games. Meanwhile, the Blues are working like they haven't done before with seven straight wins while averaging 4.14 goals per contest. There's still a spot reserved for Perron in the lineup as the veteran had a 13-game, 16-point streak rolling before he was injured.
News: Binnington will start in goal for Tuesday's game against the visiting Devils, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Impact: The 25-year-old has been one of the major cogs in the Blues' turnaround, accumulating a 9-1-1 record to go along with a 1.54 GAA and .939 save percentage in just 11 starts. He will have to be on his toes Tuesday, however, facing the fifth-best scoring offense in terms of goals per game (3.33). With Binnington playing well, he will look to continue stretching the gap atop the Blues' depth chart between him and backup Jake Allen.
News: Gunnarsson (upper body) didn't participate in line rushes during morning skate, which suggests he'll miss Tuesday's game against the Devils, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Gunnarsson will miss a fourth straight game Tuesday, but his presence at morning skate suggests he's likely nearing a return to the lineup. Another update on the Swedish blueliner's status should surface prior to Thursday's matchup with Arizona.
News: Edmundson went minus-3 and blocked two shots in Sunday's win over the Predators.
Impact: Edmundson is on a prove-it deal with the Blues, but he's not setting himself up for an intriguing deal this summer. His offensive contributions have been minimal with no points in the last 25 games dating back to Nov. 30, and he's not on pace to set a career high in any fantasy categories besides time in the sin bin, as he has 60 PIM in 47 games thus far.
News: Schwartz dished out an assist in Sunday's win over the Predators.
Impact: Schwartz set up Tyler Bozak's wicked backhand score in the second frame. He now has 19 assists in 41 games, but he has yet to score a goal in the last 22 contests dating back to Dec. 18. It's not for a lack of trying, as Schwartz is averaging 3.3 shots on net per game in that stretch and has a season-long 54.4 Corsi For percentage. That signals the bad luck is bound to stop soon, but he's still a tough fantasy play.
News: Pietrangelo scored a power-play goal and blocked six shots in Sunday's win over the Predators.
Impact: Pietrangelo was goalless in 15 games entering this matchup. He hauled in a pass from rookie Robert Thomas and rocketed a wrister past Juuse Saros to open scoring in the second period. The Blues will need their captain to continue this production if they want to keep up their recent hot streak, so Pietrangelo's one to keep an eye on in the fantasy realm.
News: Bouwmeester notched two assists in Sunday's 5-4 overtime win over the Predators.
Impact: He helped set up Vladimir Tarasenko's first two goals of the afternoon, giving Bouwmeester his first multi-point game of the season and ending an eight-game scoring drought. The veteran blueliner hasn't compiled more than 19 points in a campaign since 2013-14, and with two goals and 12 points through 50 games this year, his fantasy value is once again minimal.
News: O'Reilly picked up two assists, one on the power play, in Sunday's 5-4 overtime win over the Predators.
Impact: He failed to pick up a point in two contests after seeing his eight-game point streak snapped Feb. 7, but O'Reilly didn't need much time to get back in form. The 28-year-old has seven goals and 23 points in 20 games since Christmas, and his point-a-game pace doesn't seem likely to dissipate as long as he keeps his spot on the Blues' top line with Vladimir Tarasenko.
News: Tarasenko scored three goals, including the game-winner just 16 seconds into overtime, in Sunday's 5-4 win over the Predators.
Impact: It was a busy afternoon for the sniper, who fired a game-high eight shots on net while also chipping in a blocked shot, a hit and two PIM. Tarasenko extended his point streak to eight games with the performance, and he now has 22 goals and 41 points through 53 games.
News: Allen turned aside 40 of 44 shots in Sunday's 5-4 overtime win over the Predators.
Impact: Getting his first start since Jan. 17, Allen made 40 or more saves in a game for just the third time this season. The 28-year-old has slipped behind Jordan Binnington on the Blues depth chart, and Allen will need to show significant improvement in his 3.07 GAA and .898 save percentage if he's going to get back into the mix for the No. 1 job.
News: Allen will start in the road goal in Sunday's game versus the Predators, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Allen last started Jan. 17 in a loss to Boston, and he's watched rookie Jordan Binnington dominate the last seven games. The Blues have been buzzing with five straight wins and providing plenty of offensive support for Binnington, so hopefully Allen will receive the same luxury during the matinee. It surely won't come easy against a powerful Preds offense.
News: Laferriere has 22 goals and 56 points in 53 games with Cape Breton of the QMJHL.
Impact: Laferriere had a solid campaign in 2017-18, compiling 12 goals and 41 points in 67 games. That production put Laferriere on the Blues' radar and he was selected in the sixth round of the 2018 NHL Draft. The 18-year-old's having a major breakout this year and ranks second on the team in points and 22nd in the league. Laferriere will likely work with the Blues during the summer and return to Canadian juniors next season since the big club has a solid foundation of forwards and he won't be eligible for the AHL until 2020-21. He's in line to make a serious impact in the NHL if his development stays on this path.
News: MacEachern signed a one-year, one-way contract extension for $750,000 with the Blues on Saturday, Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: MacEachern has had quite the day Saturday, first potting his second career NHL goal in a 3-2 win over Nashville and now earning some job security with an extension for the 2019-20 season. The 24-year-old winger hasn't eclipsed 10 minutes of ice time in any of his 10 appearances for St. Louis, so this new contract doesn't carry much significance in the fantasy realm.
News: Perron (upper body) will remain in the press box through at least Sunday's game against the Predators, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Perron looked to be an option for Sunday's rematch with the Predators, but the veteran winger will have to wait until at least Tuesday to take a crack at extending his pre-injury 13-game point streak. The Blues will likely roll with the same group of forwards Sunday that took down Nashville on Saturday.
News: Gunnarsson (lower body) won't be available for Sunday's game against the Predators, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The Blues will hope to get Gunnarsson back as soon as possible, as he was on a roll prior to suffering his lower-body injury, notching three goals and four points in his last six appearances. He'll set his sights on healing up in time for Tuesday's matchup with New Jersey.
News: Binnington recorded 29 saves in a 3-2 win over the Predators on Saturday afternoon.
Impact: Binnington earned the game's second star for his outstanding work. The Blues' new starter has won five straight games and has allowed just seven goals in that span. Binnington has been one of the key catalysts for the Blues' rise toward the postseason. Roll him as often as you can.
News: Thomas set up two goals Saturday in a 3-2 victory over the Predators.
Impact: The 19-year-old has 16 points in 41 games. It's modest, but really impressive as a teenage pivot. Thomas is a solid keeper and should climb up the line ladder in a few short years. The Blues are already rewarding him with increased power-play time.
News: Schenn's assist Saturday in a 3-2 win over Nashville extended his scoring streak to five games.
Impact: Schenn has seven points, including six helpers, in those five games. Fantasy owners are breathing a sigh of relief after his sluggish first half. Schenn's recent surge makes him a fantastic deadline target for owners driving toward a title.
News: Binnington is in charge of the home net Saturday against the Predators, Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Binnington has commanded consistent starts in net with his recent play between the pipes, collecting four straight wins and eight in his last 10. Over that span, the 25-year-old netminder has allowed more than two goals just once. Even more impressively, eight of those 10 starts came on the road. He won his only two home outings over that span, but Binnington may be challenged Saturday by a Predators team scoring 3.18 goals per game on the road.
News: Butler was recalled from AHL San Antonio on Saturday.
Impact: Butler isn't a viable fantasy option in the first place, but Carl Gunnarsson (lower body) is expected to sit out Saturday, and the Blues want to ensure that they at least have seven defensemen available for a game against the Predators.
News: Gunnarsson (lower body) isn't expected to take the ice Saturday against the Predators, Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: With the team scheduled for back-to-back clashes with the Predators on Saturday and Sunday, it appears Gunnarsson is looking at a second-game return at best. Assuming that's the case, look for Robert Bortuzzo to slot in for a second straight game.
News: Perron (upper body) won't play Saturday against the Predators, but he could be available for the rematch in Nashville on Sunday, Jim Thomas of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Perron's injury surfaced at the most inopportune time -- in the midst of a 13-game point streak. He has missed six straight games and will be headed for a seventh Saturday, but he could get a chance to extend his streak as soon as Sunday. The veteran winger has been in vintage form, coming off his best season to date with 66 points in 70 games for the Golden Knights. He's backed that with another 35 in 45 games this season, though it would be somewhat surprising if Perron can maintain his career-best 20.0 shooting percentage.
News: Schenn scored with 59 seconds remaining in overtime to lift the Blues to a 1-0 victory over the Lightning on Thursday night.
Impact: He fired a shot from the left circle that managed to trickle under Bolts' goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy. Schenn has been a huge fantasy disappointment in 2018-19, but he may be waking up offensively. He's on a four-game, six-point streak (one goal, five assists) and has eight points in his last seven games. Schenn could come at a discount in trade just based on his early struggles. Go ask -- you might just get yourself a solid second-half performer.
News: Binnington made 32 saves for the shutout Thursday in a 1-0 victory over Tampa Bay.
Impact: Binnington made some massive saves down the stretch. He is 8-1-1 with a .931 save percentage and two shutouts in 12 games (10 starts). Binnington has helped catapult the Blues into a wild card spot, so the team has no choice but to trot the youngster out as the team's starter. Take full advantage. At this point, Jake Allen may only see occasional starts in back-to-back situations.
News: Binnington will defend the cage on the road against the Lightning on Thursday, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The Bolts boast the league's top offense at 3.83 goals per game, so we might have to see Binnington stand on his head in order for him to stretch his season-best winning streak to four games. A 25-year-old rookie, Binnington has managed to supplant Jake Allen as the go-to starter for the Notes -- that's remarkable when you consider Allen is making $3.7 million more than his internal competitor this season.
News: Fabbri is expected to be a healthy scratch for Thursday's game versus the Lightning, Jim Thomas of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: The 23-year-old has only played in 23 of 51 games this season due to a groin injury, a separated shoulder and now his ninth healthy scratch of the season and his sixth in a row. It's possible that Fabbri's still not up to par after his two knee surgeries, but it's surely frustrating to see a pair of rookies enter the lineup ahead of him.
News: Thomas will play on the Blues' top power-play unit in Thursday's game versus the Lightning, Jim Thomas of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Thomas is still expected to flank Ivan Barbashev on the fourth line, but he'll get valuable work with Vladimir Tarasenko and Ryan O'Reilly with the man advantage. It won't be an easy task, as the Lightning's penalty kill ranks second in the league at 84.3 percent. This is a major opportunity for the 19-year-old, who is still finding his game in the NHL, and it could make him a low-cost, value play in daily fantasy settings.
News: Gunnarsson will miss Thursday's game against the Lightning due to a lower-body injury, Jim Thomas of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Gunnarsson is often banged up, and it really cuts into his fantasy value. He had 20-point upside starting out his career with the Maple Leafs, but he's only mustered 13 goals and 30 assists over 270 games since joining the Blues ahead of the 2014-15 campaign. As a result, it's safe to search for alternatives in the fantasy realm.
News: Tarasenko dished out an assist and fired four shots on net in Tuesday's win over the Panthers.
Impact: The rebound of Tarasenko's shot was eventually knocked in by Ryan O'Reilly to tie the game 2-2 in the third period. The Russian sniper has heated up since the calendar flipped to 2019, compiling seven goals and seven assists in 13 games while firing 40 shots on net. That's quite the bump considering he scored just 11 goals over the first 37 outings of the campaign. Now that he's shaken off the troubles, Tarasenko should be a lineup fixture in most fantasy formats.
News: Sundqvist notched a helper in Tuesday's win over the Panthers.
Impact: Sundqvist has turned into a third-line goal scorer this season with 11 tallies in 43 games after having just two career scores entering the season. The uptick in offense has brought him additional minutes as a defensive presence, as he's often on the ice when the Blues are looking to retain a lead near the end of the game. Sundqvist's defensive prowess showed as he forced a turnover in the offensive zone Tuesday and dished the puck to Colton Parayko, who wrapped around the net for the Blues' first score. Sundqvist now has 18 points in 43 games.
News: O'Reilly extended his point streak to eight games with a goal in Tuesday's win over the Panthers.
Impact: It was a scramble in front of the net, but O'Reilly managed to get a stick on the puck and send it through James Reimer's five-hole. O'Reilly now has four goals and seven assists during his eight-game point streak while firing 30 shots on net in that span. O'Reilly has proven to be one of the top offseason acquisitions across the league by leading the Blues with 20 goals and 53 points, and he's on pace to shatter multiple career highs.
News: Parayko scored a goal and blocked three shots in Tuesday's win over the Panthers.
Impact: Parayko was in a 12-game goalless drought entering the matchup. Down 2-0 in the third period, Parayko picked up a turnover and scored while going airborne on a wraparound. His most impressive play of the game came in the first frame, however, as a puck trickled past goaltender Jordan Binnington but Parayko stretched out and kept it from crossing the goal line. Parayko has now tied his career high with nine goals and is sitting at 14 points through 51 contests.
News: Dunn scored the game-winning goal in Tuesday's 3-2 victory over the Panthers.
Impact: Down 1-0 entering the third period, the Blues staged a nifty comeback that was capped when Dunn picked up a turnover at center ice with four minutes left in the game, skated into the high slot and fired home a wrist shot past James Reimer that pinged in off the post. The second-year blueliner set a new career high with a modest six goals on the season in the process, but Dunn's been on a bit of a roll lately, tallying three goals and five points in his last eight games.
News: Binnington stopped 22 of 24 shots in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Panthers.
Impact: The St. Louis offense couldn't solve James Reimer until the third period, but Binnington kept the team in the game until it did. The 25-year-old has now won three straight starts, and he's seized the No. 1 job for the Blues with a 7-1-1 record, 1.67 GAA and .931 save percentage through nine outings to begin 2019.
News: Perron (upper body) will miss the next two games, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The veteran won't play Tuesday or Thursday, but Perron could return Saturday versus the Predators. He's missed the Blues' past four games, dealing with an upper-body injury. The veteran winger, in 45 appearances, has 35 points and is averaging an impressive 0.78 points per game in 2018-19.
News: Binnington will get the nod in goal on the road against the Panthers on Tuesday, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The 25-year-old has been on fire so far, racking up a 6-1-1 record to go along with a 1.86 GAA and .922 save percentage. He'll likely be busy Tuesday against a Panthers squad that averages 33.6 shots per game. Binnington doesn't seem to mind playing away from home, as evidenced by his 4-1-1 record to go along with a .925 save percentage and 1.67 GAA in six career road games.
News: Thomas (upper body) fired one shot on goal in his return Saturday versus the Blue Jackets.
Impact: Thomas missed the previous seven games with this upper-body condition but bumped back onto the fourth line in this outing. He has received time in the top six at times this season since his speed keeps opponents on their toes, but he still spends a bulk of his time with the bottom six. Thomas has five goals and 14 points in 38 games, and his next chance to chip in on offense will be Tuesday versus the Panthers.
News: Tarasenko scored a goal and two assists in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Blue Jackets.
Impact: The 27-year-old is back in form after a sluggish December, scoring seven goals and 13 points in his last 12 games. Tarasenko's hot streak has given him a chance at his fifth straight 30-goal campaign, but he'll need to stay sharp awhile longer if he wants to build up any margin for error.
News: Schenn notched three assists in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Blue Jackets.
Impact: The Blues' new top line of Schenn, Vladimir Tarasenko and Ryan O'Reilly looked good, piling up two goals and eight points on the night. Schenn has six points (all helpers) in his last five games, giving him a relatively modest nine goals and 30 points through 46 games on the season, but his talent -- and his talented linemates -- gives him a chance for a big second half.
News: O'Reilly scored a goal and an assist in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Blue Jackets.
Impact: The 27-year-old has found the scoresheet in seven straight games, and O'Reilly has now racked up six goals and 20 points in 16 games since Christmas. He's on a point-a-game pace for the first time in his career, and the move to St. Louis is agreeing with him in other ways as well -- after finishing in the red in plus-minus for eight straight seasons, O'Reilly has a strong plus-17 rating so far in 2018-19.
News: Binnington turned aside 18 of 20 shots in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Blue Jackets.
Impact: The 25-year-old took a shutout into the third period before Columbus was able to solve him. Binnington has gone a stellar 6-1-1 with a 1.63 GAA and .933 save percentage in his last eight starts, and while the Blues would love to see Jake Allen heat up before the playoffs, for now Binnington has a firm grip on the No. 1 job in St. Louis.