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Blais may miss Blues playoff opener with Vancouver

Blais may miss Blues playoff opener with Vancouver

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The Blues' Sammy Blais, left, checks Dallas  Andrej Sekera  during the second period of an NHL playoff seeding game in Edmonton, Alberta on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. (Jason Franson ,The Canadian Press via AP)

Sammy Blais, who missed most of the second half of Sunday's game with Dallas with what looks like a leg or knee injury, could miss the start of the Blues series with Vancouver on Wednesday.

"He's out right now," coach Craig Berube said Monday. "I don't know, he's going to try to skate tomorrow. He didn't go on the ice today so we'll see how he does tomorrow on the ice. But there's a possibility that he could be missing for a bit."

Blais checked Dallas' Andrej Sekera into the boards in the second period and then lost his footing and fell to the ice, twisting his leg in the process. Blais picked up a two-minute boarding penalty and went to the dressing room. He came back to the bench in the third period and played one brief shift and that was it.

In other news:

• The Blues had an optional skate on Monday as the coaching staff went to work on the game plan for Vancouver.

• Still no word on Ivan Barbashev, who is back home in St. Louis awaiting the birth of his first child. Since he has to go through four days of negative tests after returning, right now he looks to miss at least Games 1 and 2. 

• Once again the league had no positive tests for COVID-19, and Sunday marked the end of the second full week in the bubbles. 

Vince Dunn, talking to reporters for the first time since camp began, had no comment on his 10-day absence early on in Phase 3. "I'm not going to speak about what it was but obviously it was tough and ... taking that time off for myself was definitely a little bit harder, but I think I did what I had to do to get ready for these next games and I'm just looking forward to the playoffs getting started."

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