Robby Fabbri, Mattias Janmark-Nylen

Banged-up Blues get Fabbri (concussion) back after six-game absence

ST. LOUIS (AP) — In the St. Louis Blues’ first game without top forwards Jaden Schwartz and Paul Stastny, it took players a while to adjust.

Coach Ken Hitchcock pointed out that his players have no choice.

Stastny is out at least another month with a broken right foot and Schwartz will be re-evaluated in three months after surgery for a fractured left ankle sustained in a freak practice accident on Friday. Schwartz had 63 points last season and Stastny had 46 points, and had five points in five games this season.

A third forward, Patrik Berglund, isn’t expected back until January after shoulder surgery.

Some help is on the way. The Blues anticipate activating All-Star defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (groin) and promising rookie Robby Fabbri (concussion) in time for Tuesday night’s game against Tampa Bay. The 19-year-old Fabbri was a first-round pick in 2014 and has been a high scorer in juniors.

Still, it’s going to take a group effort to compensate for all of that lost offense.

The Blues turned up the intensity across the board on Saturday, erasing a two-goal third-period deficit before losing 3-2 in overtime to the Islanders. They outshot New York 15-2 in the third.

“I think we’re going to have to get a little creative with what we do with our roster, and we’re going to have to get more from certain people,” Hitchcock said. “But if we keep up with our work ethic, we keep our spirit up, we’re going to get through this thing and hopefully come out better.”

The malaise was evident at the start of the Islanders game when the Blues won just 5 of 15 of face-offs in the first period. Hitchcock noted a lack of aggressive checking.

“We weren’t sharp off the bat,” goalie Brian Elliott said. “We did a great job just kind of settling down and kind of taking over the game.”

The bottom line is that they salvaged something, and that’s important right now.

“To lose in overtime is a disappointment but you have to be happy with the one point and kind of move on from it and learn from that start,” Elliott said. “We had a lot of good things so you can’t hang your head too much.”

Besides Shattenkirk and Fabbri, the Blues will lean heavier on young Dmitrij Jaskin. They can give increased roles to veterans Scott Gomez and Scottie Upshall, too. Both made the team as tryouts.

“We’ve got to manufacture points, we’ve got to manufacture goals,” Hitchcock said. “It’s not going to come as smooth and as easy as it once did.”

Upshall was supposed to be in the lineup Saturday but became ill about an hour before game-time.

“We know we’re anticipating that Shattenkirk and Fabbri will be back in on Tuesday,” Hitchcock said. “I’m sure Upshall will be back in, so we’re going to get a little bit of stability.”

Rookie defenseman Colton Parayko has stepped in from the start, showing a knack for offense along with solid play on the back line. He had a goal and assist in the Saturday surge. The Blues can always lean on strong net-minding with Elliott and Jake Allen sharing duties.

“It’s just about guys stepping up and filling roles,” Elliott said. “We lost some big-time players and now it’s opportunities.”

Sens lose MacArthur, Methot to concussions

Erik Karlsson , Clarke MacArthur , Marc Methot

Tough news out of Ottawa this morning, as Sens GM Bryan Murray announced that forward Clarke MacArthur and d-man Marc Methot have both been sidelined with concussions.

MacArthur hasn’t played since getting knocked out of last Wednesday’s 7-3 win over Columbus. Methot suffered his concussion in a 2-0 loss to Pittsburgh, and sat out this weekend’s shootout defeat to Nashville.

The losses are going to hurt the Sens, no question.

MacArthur has been a good offensive contributor, with 91 points over the last two seasons, and the Sens got a taste of what life without him was like last season, as he missed 20 games (also with a concussion).

Without him in the lineup, the Sens have been forced to juggle their forward lines. That’s been an issue for MacArthur’s frequent linemate, Bobby Ryan, who’s now trying to find chemistry with Mika Zibanejad and Milan Michalek.

As for Methot, he also missed extensive time to injury last season — nearly half the year with a back injury — but came back and performed well enough to score a four-year, $19.6 million extension in February.

Through five games this year, Methot was averaging over 20 minutes per night.

Franzen placed on IR after concussion symptoms return

David Krejci, Johan Franzen

Johan Franzen has been placed on injured reserve, as the 35-year-old’s concussion issues have apparently returned.

From the Red Wings’ website:

Franzen, who suffered a concussion in Edmonton last Jan. 6, made it through training camp, preseason and the first two games of the regular season, has seen his symptoms return.

Franzen was supposed to play Tuesday against Tampa Bay and participated in the morning skate but did not feel well afterward and was a late scratch.

Signed through 2019-20, Franzen’s 11-year deal was intended to run until he retired, something he’s said he wants to do “on my own terms.”

Unfortunately, it’s looking more and more like those terms could be decided by matters beyond his control.

Hopefully we’re wrong about that and this is just a temporary setback, but we’ve seen how these things can go with other players.

There was more Wings injury news today, including Darren Helm taking “a little step back” after yesterday’s optimism and Luke Glendening possibly being unavailable tomorrow versus Carolina after blocking a shot Tuesday.

Ouch: Blues’ Fabbri out indefinitely with concussion

Robby Fabbri, Mattias Janmark-Nylen

After he fired home his first NHL goal off of beautiful feed by Jori Lehtera, some St. Louis Blues fans may have been daydreaming about Robby Fabbri being the “missing piece.”

Maybe that’s still eventually in the cards, but the promising young forward will be sidelined indefinitely with a concussion, according to the team.

In a cruel twist in an already tough situation, it sounds as though Fabbri was injured thanks to a check by Chris Porter, at least by St. Louis Gametime’s account.

Video of the hit that hurt Fabbri will be posted if it becomes available.

Not good: Brad Marchand suffered a concussion

Screenshot from Sportsnet telecast

Tough news for a Boston Bruins team dealing with a tough start: Brad Marchand has a concussion.

That’s the word from head coach Claude Julien, so it’s a sure thing.

Now, there was no word about how severe the issue may be, but it’s officially a concussion. It’s not the ideal scenario even if it’s a “minor concussion,” which feels like a contradictory idea in itself.

Here’s the Dale Weise hit from last night’s eventual 4-2 win by the Montreal Canadiens:

It’s not official like Marchand’s concussion, but there may be a bit of good news. Maybe.

Matt Irwin was placed on waivers Sunday, which may indicate that Zdeno Chara is ready to play again.

That would be a much-needed boost. has more.