Petteri Lindbohm

Report: Blues think Shattenkirk, Gunnarsson will be back Saturday

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Kevin Shattenkirk hasn’t played since Feb. 1 because of an abdominal injury, but St. Louis Blues believe that the 26-year-old defenseman will be available for Saturday’s game against Columbus, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Jeremy Rutherford.

That seems to mesh well with Blues coach Ken Hitchcock’s note on Tuesday that Shattenkirk’s return is coming “pretty quick,” per the Post-Dispatch, and the Blues’ announcement yesterday that 21-year-old defenseman Petteri Lindbohm has been sent to the AHL Chicago Wolves.

Before Shattenkirk was injured, he looked like a potential Norris Trophy candidate. He had 40 points and 77 blocked shots in 49 contests while averaging 22:54 minutes per game. Despite missing a player of his caliber, the Blues have stayed strong with a 14-8-3 record during his absence. They’re in the running for the Presidents’ Trophy.

Defenseman Carl Gunnarsson (upper body) is also expected to return from a two game absence. If both of them are available, then Hitchcock will have a tough time assembling the lineup given that he also have blueliners Barret Jackman, Zbynek Michalek, Jay Bouwmeester, Chris Butler, Alex Pietrangelo, Robert Bortuzzo to choose from. With that in mind, St. Louis might dress seven defensemen on Saturday.

Blues recall Lindbohm, Gunnarsson (concussion) skates

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The St. Louis Blues recalled defenseman Petteri Lindbohm from the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League on Friday, the club announced.

It appears he could also be in the lineup when the Blues host the Dallas Stars on Saturday, as per Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Lindbohm, originally a sixth-round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, has appeared in eight games this season for St. Louis. He recorded his first point in the league on Dec. 18 against the L.A. Kings.

Meanwhile, there appeared to be a step in the right direction for defenseman Carl Gunnarsson, who is dealing with a concussion.