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St. Louis Blues center Paul Stastny in the first period during a game between the St. Louis Blues and the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016, at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Photo by Chris Lee,

After four days off for the holidays, the Blues were back together at the IceZone Tuesday, and the news was good on the injury front.

Every player was accounted for, including center Paul Stastny, who missed Thursday's game in Tampa Bay, and goalie Jake Allen, who left late in the 5-2 loss to the Lightning.

Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said both would be available to play Wednesday when the club hosts Philadelphia at Scottrade Center, though Hitchcock announced that backup goalie Carter Hutton would start against the Flyers.

Stastny missed the game with an upper-body injury, which he suffered in a 3-2 overtime win over Dallas two nights earlier. The Blues called up center Wade Megan as a replacement and he scored in his NHL debut. But Megan was re-assigned to the American Hockey League over the holidays because the club believed that Stastny would be ready to return. 

"It felt good today in practice," Stastny said. "If no setbacks, I'll play tomorrow.

"I think it was just a wear and tear issue and as the game went on, it just got worse and worse and it was a tightness. I felt it the game before too, after the Chicago game, after the Edmonton game. I think just the three in four with the travel didn't really help off."

Meanwhile, Allen was tended to by Blues trainer Ray Barile after Tampa Bay's fourth goal. He departed with 1 minute, 40 seconds left in regulation and was replaced by Hutton. 

"Just a quick bang bang play," Allen said. "It was more of a precaution. Hitch put Huts in just in case. No big deal.

"You never know (how bad it is) but it is what it is. It was nice to have the rest when we did. It felt all right out there today."

Here is a look at the lineup coming out of the break:


Alexander Steen-Jori Lehtera-Vladimir Tarasenko

Jaden Schwartz-Paul Stastny-David Perron

Robby Fabbri-Patrik Berglund-Dmitrij Jaskin

Scottie Upshall-Kyle Brodziak-Ryan Reaves


Joel Edmundson-Alex Pietrangelo

Carl Gunnarsson-Kevin Shattenkirk

Jay Bouwmeester-Colton Parayko



Jeremy Rutherford is the lead Blues beat writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.