Blues hopeful Stastny can return Monday


With wins in seven of their past nine games the St. Louis Blues seem to be getting back on track after a mediocre start to the season that saw them fall to the Western Conference playoff bubble and make a mid-season coaching change.

They might be getting some additional good news on Monday night before their game against the suddenly surging Florida Panthers when forward Paul Stastny could be making his return to the lineup.

Stastny has been sidelined for the past four games due to a lower body injury.

The Blues were hopeful he could return on Saturday — the Blues ended up losing to Buffalo, snapping what had been a six-game winning streak — but he was not quite ready.

“He’s getting there,” Coach Mike Yeo said on Saturday, via the St. Louis Post Dispatch. “We were hopeful for today but that’s obviously not going to happen and Monday is a real possibility.”

In 54 games this season Stastny has 15 goals and 20 assists for the Blues while mostly playing alongside Alexander Steen.

He was injured against the Toronto Maple Leafs back on Feb. 9. The Blues said at the time it was not expected to be a long-term injury but it has still sidelined him for the past four games.

His injury happened around the same time that the Blues lost Robby Fabbri for the season due to an ACL injury, but they have still managed to turn things around in their absence.

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