Backes missed Thursday's game with a concussion that he suffered on Tuesday. He likely won't play on Saturday vs. Colorado, but the fact that he is back on the ice already is good news for the Blues and Backes owners. He is day-to-day.
Lindstrom was ruled out for Thursday's game, but it does not look good for him as he battles a bacterial illness. The Blues will already be without David Backes, T.J Oshie and Paul Stastny tonight, so they could definitely use Lindstrom.
Oshie will not play on Thursday and has been diagnosed with a concussion.
There is no word on when Oshie may have suffered the concussion, but it will keep him sidelined for at least tonight. Concussions are a tough injury to put a timetable on, so consider him day-to-day and likely to miss a couple of games.
Backes will not play Thursday and has been diagnosed with a concussion.
Backes suffered the concussion on a collision with Trevor Daley on Tuesday. With Backes out, Jori Lehtera will centre the Blues top-line. Backes should be considered day-to-day, but concussions are tricky.
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.