Berglund, missed the season finale with an upper-body injury, was the most unlikely of the injured Blues to play in game 1. He did not skate this morning, while the rest of the team did. He is expected to be back at some point in the first round.
Backes missed the last three games of the regular season with a foot injury, but he will play on Thursday in game vs. Chicago. Backes had 27 goals and 30 assists in 74 games this season--two goals and one assist came in five games vs. the Blackhawks.
Tarasenko has been sidelined since March 15th after undergoing surgery on a broken hand. He was expected to miss six weeks, but he will be back in the lineup two weeks ahead of schedule. Tarasenko tallied 21 goals and 22 assists in 64 games this season. He will skate on the second line with Vladimir Sobotka and Jaden Schwartz.
Oshie missed the final two games of the regular season with a head injury that he suffered on a hit by Mike Rupp last Thursday. He skated in the Blues' morning skate, but will be held out of game 1. He is expected to return at some point in the first round.
Miller finished the season 0-5 with a 3.83 GAA and .856 SV% to finish 10-8-1 with a 2.47 GAA and .903 save percentage since being acquired from the Buffalo Sabres. The struggles down the stretch can not be solely placed on Miller, because the Blues were battling injuries to key players. Tonight, a series between two great teams will get underway.
Tarasenko (hand) is expected to be back in round 1; questionable for game 1.
Tarasenko has not played since suffering an injury to his right hand in the final moments of a game at Nashville on March 15. Tarasenko, who had 21 goals this season, had a cast removed on Monday and skated without that protection for the first time on Tuesday. He looked good while shooting and handling pucks. “We'll see,” Tarasenko said, when asked how soon he could play. “I don't know yet. We'll see tomorrow.
Oshie (head) does not know if he will be ready for game 1 on Thursday.
Oshie skated again on Tuesday and said he is feeling better. Blues' head coach Ken Hitchcock said that all of his injured players will be back at some point in round 1, but Oshie might not be ready for game 1. "You've got to see how I am tonight, how I am tomorrow morning," said Oshie. "It really is a day to day thing. If I can, if medically it's OK and I'm not going to hurt myself worse, or hurt my team, I'll be in."
Miller allowed three goals on 40 shots in a loss to the Stars on Friday. His losing streak has hit four games. The Blues will look for the W this afternoon to avoid playing the Blackhawks in the first round.
The Blues have recalled Ty Rattie from Chicago (AHL).
Rattie is set to make his NHL debut on Friday. The Blues are dealing with a plethora of injuries, so they have recalled three players from Chicago, and they will all be in the lineup tonight. He has scored 29 goals with 17 assists (46 points) in 69 AHL games.