Earlier in the week, St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock said he expects all of his injured players to be back on the ice at some point during their opening playoff round against the Chicago Blackhawks.
On Thursday he told reporters that forwards David Backes and Vladimir Tarasenko would return for Game 1. T.J. Oshie and Patrik Berglund, however, would not.
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Oshie has been out of the Blues' lineup for a week now with concussion-like symptoms after taking a hit to the head from Minnesota's Mike Rupp. He's joined his teammates on the ice the past two days, but said earlier that he wouldn't rush his return if there was a chance of furthering the injury.
Without Oshie and Berglund, the Blues will have quite a bit of shuffling to do throughout their lines. Expect newly-acquired forward Steve Ott to move up to the top line with David Backes and Alexander Steen.
Catch all of tonight's Game 1 action between the Blackhawks and Blues on Comcast SportsNet beginning at 5 p.m. with a special Blackhawks edition of SportsTalk Live. Puck drops in St. Louis at 7 p.m.