It is believed that Schwartz suffered the injury while blocking a Drew Doughty shot in the Blues win over the Kings last night. He will be out until after Christmas. The Blues have recalled Dmitrij Jaskin from Chicago (AHL).
Brodeur allowed two goals on 34 shots in the Blues 4-2 win over the Panthers last Wednesday. He has played well in his three appearances with St. Louis—he is 2-1-0 with a 2.64 GAA and .904 SV%. He takes on a Kings team who have surprisingly dropped five of their last six while averaging just 2.17 goals per game.
Elliott has been a light participant in a number of practices for the better part of two weeks. There has been no details on how Elliott’s injured knee is progressing or when he is expected to return to the crease. The Blues have went 7-2-0 without Elliott, so there is no rush to get him back between the pipes at this time.
Allen surrendered two goals on 25 shots in the Blues’ win over the Avalanche on Saturday. Allen has won each of his last two starts with a 2.48 GAA and .906 SV%. The 24-year-old net minder gets the call with the Kings in town. He is 5-1-1 with a 2.59 GAA and .893 SV% at Scottrade Center this season.
Allen allowed three goals on 28 shots in the Blues 6-3 win over the Islanders on Thursday. It was a nice bounce-back game for Allen, who was pulled in his previous start, also vs. the Isles. Tonight he has a strong matchup vs. an Avalanche team who have lost five of seven and sit 21st in the league in scoring.
Despite Steen saying that he did not think he would play tonight, he will be back in the lineup after missing the last two games with a lower-body injury. Steen has five goals and 11 assists in 26 games this season.
Bouwmeester (groin) is officially back in the Blues lineup.
Bouwmeester has missed the last eight games with a groin injury, but will return tonight vs.the Islanders. He will return to his usual spot on a pairing with Alex Pietrangelo and will likely return to the second power-play unit as well. Bouwmeester has just two points (1G / 1A) in 20 games this season.
Backes missed practice on Wednesday, but was on the ice for the Blues morning skate and will play tonight vs. the Islanders. Backes is not 100 percent, but he will wear a protective face shield and do what he can. Backes has 12 points (7G / 5A) in 27 games this season.
Backes was at the rink on Wednesday, but did not practice. Head coach Ken Hitchcock said Backes is still in pain and is doubtful for Thursday’s contest vs. the Islanders. With Backes out, Chris Porter would draw into the lineup and Patrik Berglund would centre a line with T.J Oshie and Alex Steen.