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Ken Hitchcock, David Backes, Dmitrij Jaskin, Paul Stastny, Patrik Berglund
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Crowded at forward, Blues send Jaskin to minors

Dmitrij Jaskin has been a regular presence for the Blues this year, appearing in 49 games while averaging just under 12 minutes per night.

But now, he’s off to the minors.

The Blues sent the 22-year-old Jaskin to AHL Chicago on Wednesday, after he sat as a healthy scratch for last night’s big win over Central Division-leading Dallas.

While the demotion is interesting, it couldn’t have come as a huge surprise.

The Blues are deep at forward right now, especially with Patrik Berglund and, most recently, Jaden Schwartz returning from long-term injuries.

In Tuesday’s victory, Jaskin was a healthy scratch along with Magnus Paajarvi — who, at one point this season, head coach Ken Hitchcock referred to as one of St. Louis’ best players.

Jaskin, who has three goals and 10 points this year, has been a healthy scratch on a few occasions recently, and hasn’t suited up since Feb. 6, when he played just over seven minutes in a win over Minnesota.

Again? Gudas tossed for another questionable hit (Video)

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Radko Gudas is no stranger to the NHL’s Department of Player Safety, and the two could be meeting again in the very near future.

Early in tonight’s Flyers-Devils game, Gudas was given a five-minute major and game misconduct for an illegal check to the head of New Jersey forward Bobby Farnham.

This, of course, is the latest in a series of transgressions from the Philly blueliner.

Earlier this month, Gudas laid out Buffalo rookie Daniel Catenacci late in the third period a 5-1 Flyers win. The hit ended Catenacci’s night and landed him on IR, but Gudas avoided supplemental discipline.

That wasn’t the case back in December, though, when Gudas was was suspended three games for a headshot on Mika Zibanejad.

It’s also worth pointing out that, also in February, Gudas was tossed from a game against Montreal for clipping, after delivering a low hit on Habs forward Lucas Lessio.

Flyers lose newly acquired Weal (upper body) for three weeks

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 25: Jordan Weal #19 of the Philadelphia Flyers skates against the Boston Bruins during the second period at Wells Fargo Center on January 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Jordan Weal‘s time in Philly’s been interrupted… before it ever got started, really.

Weal, acquired from L.A. in the Vinny LecavalierLuke Schenn deal, will miss the next three weeks with an upper-body injury, GM Ron Hextall announced on Tuesday.

The news comes after Weal played just his third game as a Flyer on Saturday, against New Jersey. Since being acquired on Jan. 6, Weal has been scratched for 14 of Philly’s 17 games.

A talented scorer at the AHL level — he was last year’s Calder Cup MVP, scoring 22 points in 19 games for Manchester — Weal hasn’t had a ton of success at the big league level yet. He’s scoreless in 13 career games, all of which have come this season.

It’ll be interesting to see what happens with Weal moving forward. He turns 24 in April and will be a restricted free agent come July, meaning his chances to show something with the Flyers will be few.

 

 

When it rains: Desharnais in walking boot, will miss Habs’ next game

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The Montreal Canadiens didn’t need any more bad news.

But on Tuesday, they got some anyway.

Center David Desharnais, fourth among all Habs forwards in assists this year, was in a walking boot after taking a Tom Gilbert shot during Monday’s 6-2 beating in Arizona — dropping the Canadiens to 8-22-1 over their last 31 games — and won’t play tomorrow when Montreal takes on Colorado.

Desharnais has been a lightning rod in Montreal this year — he’s one of head coach Michel Therrien’s favorite forwards, but isn’t exactly a fan favorite. Undeterred, Therrien has continued to use the diminutive pivot quite a bit, as Desharnais averages over 16 minutes a night and is second on the club in faceoff duty, trailing only Tomas Plekanec.

With Desharnais out, Montreal’s lines looked like this on Tuesday:

Alex Galchenyuk–Tomas Plekanec–Brendan Gallagher
Max PaciorettyLars EllerSven Andrighetto
Paul Byron–Jacob De La Rose–Dale Weise
Tomas Fleischmann/Lucas LessioTorrey MitchellDevante Smith-Pelly

WATCH LIVE: Stars at Blues

DALLAS, TX - MARCH 15:  Alex Pietrangelo #27 of the St. Louis Blues and Jamie Benn #14 of the Dallas Stars in the third period at American Airlines Center on March 15, 2015 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Two of the Central Division’s and Western Conference’s powerhouses will do battle tonight in St. Louis, as the Blues host the Stars at Scottrade. You can catch the game at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN, or watch live online using NBC Sports’ Live Extra.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE

Some relevant linkage for tonight’s affair:

Goalie nods: Elliott to make career-high 15th straight start for Blues

With games against the Stars and Kings, Blues to find out ‘if we’ve improved enough’

NHL on NBCSN: Stars look to extend winning streak to five games in Central Division clash with Blues

After ‘adversity’ in January, the Dallas Stars are back on track