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Chris Stewart will be a healthy scratch for St. Louis in Game 2

Apr 14, 2012, 12:28 PM EDT

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After dropping Game 1 in double-overtime, you had to figure Blues coach Ken Hitchcock was going to switch things up a bit for Game 2. As it turns out, one surprising name is on his list to be scratched for tonight’s game against the Sharks.

According to Lou Korac of NHL.com, power forward Chris Stewart and tough guy Ryan Reaves will both have a seat in the press box for St. Louis and taking their spot will be B.J. Crombeen and Chris Porter. The big name here is Stewart as he was acquired from Colorado last season in the blockbuster deal that saw Erik Johnson head to the Avalanche.

While Stewart thrived in St. Louis last season, this season has seen things go a bit differently for him and Blues fans have been clamoring to see him either show his old form or have a seat upstairs. Turns out they’ll see the latter happen for Game 2 as Stewart’s play has suffered of late.

Hitchcock going with a bit of a tougher lineup against the Sharks is a curious move and one that he’s hoping will light a fire under the team to even the series up before heading to San Jose for Game 3.

  1. bluesfan72 - Apr 14, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    FINALLY! FINALLY! I’ve been saying this for weeks. Stewart is worthless. He’s a liability when he’s on the ice. I just hope his scratch means that Chris Porter is going to be in the lineup. Porter brings a lot more to the table and his style of play is what the Blues need in the playoffs.

  2. bluesfan72 - Apr 14, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Oops. I didn’t actually read the article before I posted before. I just saw that Porter is in fire tonight. Next time I’ll read more than the headline before I post.

  3. mydadyourmom - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    What happened to this guy? Thought this trade was a total heist by Armstrong but apparently not the case. Seems like Shattenkirk has turned out to be the best player in the deal!

    • danphipps01 - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:56 PM

      Oh, it’s still a heist. Shattenkirk alone is worth more than Erik Johnson. Significantly more. Johnson is a decent offensive defenseman, but only that. Shattenkirk is excellent all over the ice and still not done improving.

      I’ve never thought Stewart was much to write home about, though.

      • biasedhomer - Apr 14, 2012 at 6:41 PM

        Erik Johnson has been very good on both ends for the Avs, when healthy. He is the only good defenseman on that team.

        And don’t forget McClement, he has been very valuable on the PK.

        This was one of those trades where both sides won.

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