Good news for banged-up Blues: TJ Oshie expects to play tonight after being activated

There hasn’t been a lot of good news for the injury-riddled St. Louis Blues lately, but there’s finally some silver lining: the team announced that they activated TJ Oshie from the injured reserve. He’s expected to play against the Los Angeles Kings tonight, according to a press release from the team.

Oshie missed 31 games so far this season with a fractured left ankle, a tough absence for the Blues to deal with considering the impact he makes when healthy. (He scored a goal and nine assists for 10 points in 13 games before being injured in 2010-11.)

Of course, it might take Oshie time to reacquaint himself with the NHL game and the team is still shorthanded. They lost out on Kyle Wellwood and still must play without Andy McDonald and David Perron for an indefinite amount of time. The Blues will take any break they can, though.

While they’re stuck in the muck of the Western Conference at 12th place right now, it’s a credit to the team’s resilience that they are only four points out of the eighth spot at the moment. We’ll keep you updated on the status of McDonald and Perron while also monitoring Oshie’s progress going forward.

Chara ‘doubtful’ for game against rival Canadiens

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It looks like the Boston Bruins will be without their captain again on Saturday night.

Head coach Claude Julien told members of the media that Zdeno Chara is considered doubtful for tonight’s game against the Montreal Canadiens.

Chara suffered an upper-body injury during the preseason and he’s already been forced to miss Boston’s season opening loss to the Jets.

Per CSN, Chara says he’s improving but he won’t return to the lineup until he’s as close to 100 percent as possible.

“Every area of the injury is improving,” said Chara. “Hopefully it’s not long before I’m free of any kind of discomfort. That’s what we’re doing right now…we’re being patient. For sure you don’t want to come back, and be half of what you are…and basically hurting yourself and the team. And you’re putting yourself in a position where you could be missing more time. At this time of the season, I think it’s important to be as close as you can be to 100 percent.”

Based on the number of defensive mistakes they committed on Thursday, the Bruins need Chara back as soon as possible:



Commodore rips into Babcock on social media

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Former NHL defenseman Mike Commodore may have been coached by Mike Babcock, but that doesn’t mean he’s a fan of Mike Babcock.

Commodore played in just 17 games for the Detroit Red Wings during the 2011-12 season and that was enough for him to muster up some pretty harsh feelings toward his old coach.

As Babcock’s new team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, were being embarrassed in Detroit on Friday, Commodore took to Twitter to show fans just how much he was enjoying his former coach’s struggles.

Things got especially interesting after Red Wings rookie Dylan Larkin scored just 20 seconds into the second period to give Detroit a 3-0 lead.

“3-0 nothin Babs you posing arrogant piece of (bleep),” said Commodore via his Twitter page. “Welcome back to the rink where everyone that met you hates you.”

Commodore wasn’t done there:

And there was much, much more.

To get a look at all of Commodore’s Babcock-bashing tweets, click here.