Looks like the Blues will be without one of their top players for the third consecutive game Sunday against the Minnesota Wild.
Brayden Schenn, sidelined with what's believed to be an oblique muscle injury, at least took a step forward by getting in some work during Saturday's practice at the IceZone in Hazelwood.
"I would say that he's doubtful for tomorrow, but encouraging that he's getting closer," coach Mike Yeo said. "He looked good in practice today. I talked to him afterward. We just have to make sure we're smart."
Schenn, who had career highs in goals (28) and assists (42) last season _ his first seasib with the Blues _ has three goals and six assists in 12 games this season.
"I skated (Friday) by myself really," Schenn said. "Today I skated with the team _ a step in the right direction."
Schenn even took part in some 3-on-3 scrimmage work Saturday, drills that feature contact.
Yeo almost never announces his starting goalie until the day of the game, and Saturday was no exception.
"We'll announce that tomorrow," Yeo said smiling.
But it will be shocking if it's not Chad Johnson, who has allowed only one goal in his last two starts and has stopped 58 consecutive shots. He stopped 33 shots in Friday's 4-0 triumph over San Jose.
And isn't it a hockey axiom that if the goalie pitches a shutout, he's back in the lineup the next game?
"It's typically been my rule," Yeo said. "But we'll wait till tomorrow."
The Blues lined up in practice the same way they did Friday against the Sharks:
That made the extras Pat Maroon, Jay Bouwmeester and Schenn.
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