Allen will be between the pipes for the Blues on Thursday.
Allen surrendered three goals on 22 shots in a 4-1 loss to Vancouver last Thursday. It was Allen's first loss of the season and he now sits at 1-1-0 with a 2.01 GAA and .915 SV%. The Blues team defense will help both Allen and Brian Elliott's numbers all season. He draws a tough matchup vs. the Ducks, but the Blues should be able to slow them down.
Backes left Tuesday's game with an upper-body injury and did not return.
Backes suffered the injury in the first period when he collided with Stars' defenseman Trevor Daley in the offensive zone. Backes hit the ice hard and suffered what the Blues are calling an upper-body injury. St. Louis hosts Anaheim on Thursday, so expect an update on Wednesday or Thursday morning.
Blues' head coach Ken Hitchcock said that Tarasenko had a few rough days battling illness, but feels good enough to play tonight. Tarasenko skated on with Jori Lehtera and Alex Steen in practice this morning, so expect to see him there tonight. He has one goal and four assists in seven games.
Tarasenko (illness) took part in the Blues morning skate; could be available for Tuesday.
Tarasenko missed practice on Monday and was listed as questionable for tonight, but his participation in the morning skate suggests that he will be in the lineup. The Blues did not provide a definitive work on Tarasenko's status, so he will likely be a game-time decision.
The Blues have been hit hard by illness recently and it could hold Tarasenko out of tomorrow's meeting with the Stars. He has one goal and four assists in seven games, but keep an eye on him during tomorrow's morning skate.
Elliott surrendered two goals on 24 shots in the Blues win over the Blackhawks on Saturday. Elliott has been great, posting a 1.78 GAA and .922 SV%, but has won just two of five starts. Elliott is getting a ton of help from the Blues' stout defines---he is only facing 23.2 shots per start so far. He will be in tough against a good Dallas squad on Tuesday.
Gunnarsson (hip) will make his Blues debut on Tueday.
Gunnarrsson has been recovering from offseason hip surgery but has finally told the Blues that he is ready to go. He will make his debut tomorrow vs. the Stars. Gunnarsson, who was acquired from the Maple Leafs for Roman Polak and a fourth-round pick this summer will likely be paired with Barrett Jackman
The Blues are not in action tonight, so do not be too concerned, it is likely just a maintenance day for Tarasenko. He will probably be back on the ice for the Blues morning skate tomorrow and play vs. the Stars.
Stastny (shoulder) is skating at Blues practice this morning.
Stastny is not taking part in line rushes or shooting, but he continues to skate as he works his way back from a shoulder injury. Not shooting is not an encouraging sign that he is getting close, but it is a step in the right direction.
The Blues have recalled Dmitrij Jaskin from Chicago (AHL).
Jaskin, 21, has one goal and three assists (four points) in four games with Chicago this season. In 20 career NHL games, he has two points (1G / 1A). They placed Paul Stastny on IR to make room for Jaskin.
The Blues have placed Paul Stastny (shoulder) on injured reserve.
Stastny has skated the last two days, but has yet to start shooting the puck. He remains week-to-week and his designation to IR allowed the Blues to recall Dmitrij Jaskin from Chicago, but he is eligible to return to the lineup whenever he is healthy.
Stastny (shoulder) skated for the second straight day, but still not shooting.
It is a good sign that Stastny is back on the ice, but he is plagued by a shoulder injury, so don't get too excited until he starts shooting the biscuit. He will miss his third game in a row on Saturday and his week-to-week status has not changed.
Steen (flu) is not on the ice for the Blues morning skate.
Steen stepped onto the ice alone before the skate, but as soon as his teammates started filing onto the ice, he left. Steen is among a few Blues' players battling the flu, expect an update after practice, but it doesn't look like Steen will be in tonight.