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Blues to sit Jackman, Morrow vs. Jets tonight

Oct 18, 2013, 2:56 PM EDT

Barret Jackman

After knocking off defending Cup champs Chicago for the second time this season on Thursday, the Blues are giving two of their elder statesmen some rest.

St. Louis announced alternate captain Barret Jackman and forward Brenden Morrow would be held out of Friday’s game against Winnipeg, giving Ian Cole and Adam Cracknell their season debuts in the process.

“We’re going to rest Jackman and Morrow — both have upper-body ailments,” Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “So they’ll rest today and give a chance for Cole and Cracknell to play.”

Jackman played 17:50 against Chicago last night — finishing with a minus-2  rating — while Morrow played 10:32 after being shaken up on a hit from San Jose’s Brent Burns on Tuesday night.

While it wasn’t a banner effort from either guy, they were part of a Blues team that rallied from a disappointing 6-2 loss to the Sharks to remain perfect against the Blackhawks.

As for the day off, Hitchcock insisted this wasn’t just about keeping two veterans — Jackman’s 32, Morrow’s 34 — out of a back-to-back scenario.

“They’ve been kind of playing through things, so this gives them a chance to reset the dial,” he explained. “It’s easy because you want to put other guys in.

“But I think this gives us two days (off) because we’re not going to skate tomorrow. So they should be 100 percent, or close to it, and ready for Sunday’s practice.”

  1. bcsteele - Oct 18, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Absolutely love our depth for these reasons…

    Now if they can get rid of Lappy and bring up Porter to re-unite the CPR line I’d be one very happy Blues fan.

    • iowa02 - Oct 18, 2013 at 4:01 PM

      @bcsteele. You comment quite a bit here. What do you think of out defensive line right now. I was indifferent to Boumeester when he arrived, but now I am becoming a real fan of his. He seems like he is really kicking his game up a notch lately. Thoughts?

      • bcsteele - Oct 18, 2013 at 4:20 PM

        Boumeester is a hoss and a HUGE asset. He brings experience to compliment Petro even more. He also takes up ALOT of ice and is VERY quick for a big guy if you’ve noticed. He can skate faster backwards than some wingers can going forward which is a big plus for any dman.

        As far as his game goes, he’s played for Calgary forever and never made the playoffs. So I have two points here: 1) His good play often got overshadowed by a Calgary team that could never get it together during his tenure there, and 2) to go along with that, looking from his point of view, he may have never had so much to play for. He’s now playing on a team that will hold him accountable and the Blues are built to win now. He’s always been part of a rebuild. Which the Blues are done with. Given he took a discount to sign that extension with us I’m stoked to have him. He’s also (like Petro which is why I’ve said Petro was worth the money we spent), durable. How many players get signed massive extensions while they are injured or have a long history of it? I could list tons. Both of these players have proven to be great, solid on both sides of the puck, and DURABLE. I’m really excited about our team this year…deep at center…Halak hasn’t looked better…I believe we have the best (always open for debate) dman corps in the league (when Jacks and Polak are your 5th and 6th, c’mon)…and most importantly we’re filling the net. If we can limit the injuries and keep it up I like where we’re going.

        P.S. Sorry for the book, I can’t ever stop talking hockey or this team once I get started! I’m always up for input though and I am on here alot! Try to be as unbiased and open to all as possible but I am a Blues fan at heart. LGB!

      • stevedurbano - Oct 18, 2013 at 5:33 PM

        Your point about Halak is excellent. After having the blowup with Hitch in the playoffs I honestly thought he was gone (and rightly so). Instead he came in all summer and worked on strength and conditioning and the results are there to be seen.

  2. edm93oil - Oct 18, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    I think him playing with a better def core then the one in calagry is making him better IMO

  3. jhaegs - Oct 18, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    JayBo (Tarzan on skates), is phenomenal. He has THE MOST SHOTS ON OUR TEAM with 18 so far. Petro has half of that! That was a huge issue with the Blues- everyone kept saying “just put the puck on net!”. JayBo isn’t afraid to fire at will, and it definitely paid off last night. Good things happen when you funnel the puck to the net, and the rest of the team needs to get on his level. Definitely a welcomed acquisition. LGB

  4. jhaegs - Oct 18, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    I have never been a huge Jackman fan. He’s had a history of taking dumb penalties and turning the puck over in our own end. I can say I gained a ton of respect for him during the playoffs. The guy will sacrifice his body to block shots and play through the pain. He has been a warrior the past couple years when it comes to that. I will also say that I’ve seen a total of about 10 fans that wear his jersey, so he’s not exactly a fan favorite.

  5. jpat2424 - Oct 18, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Thug

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