After 16-game absence, Stastny back for Blues

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St. Louis will return a key piece to the lineup tonight in Buffalo.

Paul Stastny, who’s been out since mid-October with a broken foot, will play for the first time in 16 games as the Blues look to rebound from a 4-3 OT loss against Detroit on Saturday.

It’s a big addition for St. Louis, to say the least.

The club’s high-priced free agent signing from a year ago, Stastny shot out of the gate this season by scoring five points in his first five games, playing on the club’s top line alongside Vladimir Tarasenko and Alex Steen.

With Stastny out — and Jaden Schwartz, and Patrik Berglund, and Steve Ott — the Blues have been icing patchwork lineups over the last five weeks.

The likes of Jeremy Welsh, Ty Rattie, Magnus Paajarvi and Martin Havlat — who’s no longer with the team — got themselves in the mix. That lineup jugging is a big part of the reason why the Blues are just 2-3-1 in their last six after racing out to an 11-3-1 start.