James O'Brien

San Jose Sharks' Joonas Donskoi, of Finland, controls the puck as St. Louis Blues' Alex Pietrangelo, left, defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

WATCH LIVE: San Jose Sharks at St. Louis Blues

An 82-game season is a long haul, so you can only read so much into any match.

Still, the San Jose Sharks (who spent on some trade pickups today) and the St. Louis Blues (who found out they’ll be without Alexander Steen for some time) are two franchises in murky places right now.

There’s talent on both sides, no doubt. Vladimir Tarasenko, Brent Burns, Jaden Schwartz, Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski are just a few examples of the players worth tuning in for.

Beyond that, with the deadline looming – even after San Jose did some homework early – a contest like this may steer a GM more in one direction or the other.

Get a better idea of where these two teams are going on Monday; the game airs on NBCSN and you can also stream in online via the link below.


Big relief: Infant struck by P.K. Subban’s souvenir puck seems OK

Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban watches the puck as he kicks it up into the air as he competes in the breakaway challenge competition at the NHL hockey All-Star game skills competition Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

It sounds like the worst-case scenario was avoided following a “freak accident” during Sunday’s Montreal Canadiens practice.

As the Montreal Gazette reports, P.K. Subban sent a souvenir puck into the stands, which was batted around and eventually ended up hitting a one-month old baby. That’s horrific, but the good news is that the child’s mother, Valérie Meloche, announced that her child is OK.

Granted, it still sounded like a scary scene, as the Gazette’s John Meagher notes.

The infant suffered a concussion, according to the mother, and there were reports the child received CPR on site. The child spent the night under observation at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, but was released on Monday.

Click here for more on that scary scene, which thankfully seems to have worked out.

(TVA also has a report on it.)

Video: Mathew Dumba scores big goal, delivers big hit

Heading into Sunday’s 2016 Stadium Series game against the Chicago Blackhawks, many wondered about the Minnesota Wild.

Sure, they won three straight games under new head coach John Torchetti, but could they keep it going against tougher opponents.

It’s very early, but the answer so far is an emphatic “Yes,” and Mathew Dumba played a big role in that hot start.

As you can see in the video above, Dumba opened up the scoring by putting home Ryan Carter‘s rebound opportunity. That wasn’t his only impact in the opening frame, either, as he delivered a big hit too:

One would imagine that plenty of Wild fans feel pretty good right about now. Can you blame them?

That’s mean: Alex Steen on IR, Blues will re-evaluate him in a month

St. Louis Blues left wing Alexander Steen, front, falls as he tries to redirect the puck toward Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov during overtime of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, in Denver. Colorado won 4-3 in overtime. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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The St. Louis Blues have been remarkably resilient amid serious injuries this season. They’ll need to keep up that trend after getting some lousy news on Sunday.

Alexander Steen has been placed on injured reserve with an upper-body injury, and he’ll be re-evaluated in four weeks.

That means he’ll miss at least that much time, maybe more. The Blues have to at least wonder if he’ll out for the remainder of the regular season.

About the only semi-positive spin is that this happened before the Feb. 29 trade deadline rather than after it, so GM Doug Armstrong can add some help if he feels justified.

Steen probably got hurt here:

The Blues won that game against the Arizona (cos-playing as Phoenix) Coyotes, but it could very well come at a huge cost.

And just to think, the Blues were just getting used to the “luxury” of having a healthy Jaden Schwartz in the lineup …

Flyers aren’t looking for rentals (but should they be?)

Philadelphia Flyers' Sean Couturier (14) and Claude Giroux (28) celebrate after Giroux's goal against Carolina Hurricanes' Eddie Lack (31) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The Philadelphia Flyers made a series of injury-related announcements on Sunday, and overall, it’s a mixed bag.

  • Claude Giroux skated with Sean Couturier. It’s “possible” that Giroux might play against the Carolina Hurricanes while Couturier is day-to-day and ahead of schedule.
  • Surgery is scheduled for Michael Del Zotto, who will have ligament repair surgery on his wrist. The team put his recovery window at three-to-four months, so his season is over.
  • Jordan Weal‘s approximately a week-and-half away from being healthy enough to return, it seems.

GM Ron Hextall was pretty vague about the Flyers’ approach toward the Feb. 29 trade deadline, by the way:

As of this writing, the Flyers are five points out of the East’s final wild card spot. Sports Club Stats gives Philly a 26.4 percent chance of making the playoffs.

More precisely, though, Hextall said the team isn’t interested in rentals:

Is that the right way to go, though? Which way would you lean if you were in Hextall’s shoes: more toward buying or selling?