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Black n’ Blues: St. Louis loses Morrow, another forward, to injury

Apr 11, 2014, 10:33 AM EDT

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The St. Louis Blues are limping into the postseason.

Already down the services of captain David Backes and 20-goal man Vladimir Tarasenko, the Blues lost another pair of forwards in Thursday’s loss to Minnesota: 1) T.J. Oshie, hurt on a nasty hit from Minnesota veteran Mike Rupp, and 2) Brenden Morrow, who took a shot off his foot during the morning skate and at first appeared OK — until he tried to partake in warmps and found himself unable to go.

More, from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

The Blues inserted Magnus Paajarvi as a late addition to the lineup in Morrow’s place. The Blues will likely have to tap into their American Hockey League affiliate for call-up help prior to tonight’s game against Dallas.

Morrow’s absence could prove significant. His 13 goals rank seventh on the team and his 25 points slot him ninth among forwards. He was signed to the roster as a free agent last summer to bring veteran experience and grit to the lineup, particularly for the playoffs. After playing in 71 regular-season games, Morrow may not get that opportunity now.

Two weeks ago, the Blues looked like runaway Central Division winner. But following a rough stretch which includes their current four-game losing streak, they’ve fallen to second in the division and are now staring at a possible first round matchup with the defending champs, Chicago.

  1. bcsteele - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    I hate life right now…and Mike Rupp…

    • 11111111111a22 - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:58 AM

      Dirty dirty hit by Rupp. The Blues curse continues. I half expect the next PHT post to say “Blues hire Keenan to be new GM and Coach.”

      • getadealdonealready - Apr 11, 2014 at 1:48 PM

        The hit from Rupp is exactly what the NHL is trying to get rid of, but for what it’s worth the only reason he is in the lineup last night is because how physical the Blues were with our smaller players the last time we played. The MN staff put in a noticeably bigger lineup and played those players more last night to respond to the physical game STL plays. That doesn’t make the hit right, but if Spergeon, Pominville, and others weren’t targeted, and remember Hitchcock came out and said they were out to “Send a Message”, well the message was received that night, and now responded to.

        If these teams do meet in the playoffs, it could be the start of what might be a very good rivalry, starting to bring back some memories of the good ol Norris!!

    • purpleguy - Apr 11, 2014 at 1:04 PM

      Wild fan, and that Rupp hit was bad. Minnesotans don’t like it any more than Blues fans, particularly to a player from MN (even if he did play for ND in college). Hope Oshie is okay.

  2. beepbeepbeeplgb - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    i wasn’t in panic mode yesterday but after losing oshie and morrow while also playing terribly against the wild (and they’re goalie who has played like 5 games in the nhl, who played really well btw), i’m officially panicking.

  3. hammerhead5573 - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    Here is the worst part of that hit last night. It’s no secret the Blues are in a funk right now. Can they pull out of it???? Of course they can. With that said, if he went at him purposely to knock him out of the playoffs, that’s downright thugging it and completely unacceptable. No one will feel sorry for lost players, I’m a Hawks fan, trust me I know no-one from other teams or their fans cares that our stars are missing. But to be missing due to some garbage doing what he did is unacceptable.

  4. slysipops - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    FUNNY how the same type of hits look clean at times and dirty other times. i guess it depends on who gets hit !

    • slysipops - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:56 AM

  5. soro17 - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    I’m thinking the Blues are out in the first round. Up front they have a pack of above average players – no great ones. They rode an unsustainably hot Steen for a good part of the season – he has returned to what he is. They got some production from soft guys like Derek Roy, Tarasenko and Schwartz which will vaporize when the going gets tough. They have a goalie that has never won a big game, leaders that have lost on the big stage and a coach that plays not to lose. Plus, no shootouts in the playoffs. Nice backline though.

    • beepbeepbeeplgb - Apr 11, 2014 at 12:44 PM

      First off, tarasenko is hurt and won’t be playing in the first round, so he can’t “vaporize” as you called it. and while the rest of your statements could come true, just the fact you put Roy, Tarasenko and Schwartz in the same category shows how dumb you really are. Derek Roy is in no way, shape, or form comparable to Tarasenko and schwartz. maybe read up and watch some hockey before you blatantly make dumb claims on the internet.

      • soro17 - Apr 11, 2014 at 1:08 PM

        So, Tarasenko was vaporized before the playoffs, which kind of proves my point. Look, I have nothing against the Blues except that I don’t think they are that good and that Hitch’s approach to hockey is fine for winning in the regular season but will fail in the playoffs. This isn’t 1999. You can deny it, but Tarasenko, Roy and Schwartz are all soft players that have all produced above expectations and in that sense they are alike. I did not say they had identical stats or skills set. In fact, I enjoy watching them, kind of like I enjoy watching Jordan Eberle and Sam Gagne. They all made key contributions and it is my opinion that they won’t continue to make key contributions. The fact that you can’t distinguish between an opinion and a ‘dumb claim’ says something about you and not me.

      • 11111111111a22 - Apr 11, 2014 at 2:16 PM

        I couldn’t disagree more with everything that you’ve said. Clearly you don’t watch Blues games often because Tank doesn’t play a soft game at all. I’m not saying he’s Scott Stevens but he’s great at protecting the puck and throws awesome reverse hits.

      • jimeco66 - Apr 11, 2014 at 2:36 PM

        sorro, I’ve seen Schwartz drop the gloves. In fact early in the season he missed a GH Hat Trick by an assist. And while Tarasenko has a tendency to turn the other cheek when a play/check etc is against him, he is VERY quick to come to a teammate’s defense. Steen has always been an offensive threat, just never had a line that he’s consistently meshed with like he has been able to this season.

    • bluesdroogie - Apr 11, 2014 at 8:18 PM

      i am thinking the blues are out in the first round because our so called number 1 goalie. not that Tarasenko who is out with a broken thumb, or Schwartz are small weak players. Roy maybe, he gets knocked off the puck easily. Schwartz is going to be a 30 goal scorer in this league no doubt about it. so will tarasenko. those 2 are no flukes. Schwartz is going to make key contributions. Roy not so much maybe. Not really a giant fan of his game. Steen has always been a great player, yes a great stretch of scoring, until the concussion he was hotter than anyone in the league. it was sure to taper off a bit but steen is always finding ways to the net and getting great chances, hits off posts or a quality save by the goalie. He always finds a way to the net.

      so soro17 i have to disagree with your statements. the blues may lose out in the 1st round but we were top in the division for a reason for most of the year. that was no fluke and the blues players play a mans game. the so called small guys hit also. ask anyone, no one likes to play a team as physical as the blues.

  6. theageofquarrel - Apr 11, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    I’ll just leave this here.

  7. aldog83 - Apr 11, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    PLEASE LET BLUES PLAY CHICAGO IN 1ST ROUND!!!

    Knocking one of these guys out early would be great!

    Signed rest of Western Conference!

  8. nicofthenorthstar - Apr 11, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    Blues send a message and the Wild receive and respond to that message. Now Rupp, who has never been suspended – not once, is the biggest goon on skates and the Wild are a dirty team who set out to remove the Blues top forward from the playoff roster. All over a hit that was no worse than the one delivered to Nino by a Kings player a few games back. A hit that almost everybody responded to by blaming Nino, saying he needs to keep his head up.
    Give me a break.

    • jimeco66 - Apr 11, 2014 at 2:27 PM

      Ya wanna break? I bet Rupp could oblige.

    • bluesdroogie - Apr 11, 2014 at 8:22 PM

      i don’t think that the hit was all that bad. if it was the early 90’s nothing would have happened. it would have been a great hit. The Wild are not a dirty team. it just means if they meet in the playoffs it would be a much more intense series.

      Signed

      A BLUES FAN

  9. tfilarski - Apr 11, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    as a blackhawks fan, i am licking my chops to play blues in first round. definitely happier to play blues instead of av’s

    • bluesdroogie - Apr 11, 2014 at 8:26 PM

      That would be GREAT to renew the old 90’s rivalry. But now Backes vs Toews. Its a new era but having 2 old hated rivals go head to head, no problem. The best must go through the best in order to take a drink.

  10. jimeco66 - Apr 11, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    We lost to a team of Santa’s elves. (I HATE the wild jersey/colors) We don’t deserve the Cup.
    Miller needs to get his head out of Anaheim. Offense aside, no one’s gonna win the Cup giving up 4 goals a game consistently. The way he’s playing, they won’t want him… heck, even the Oiler’s won’t.

  11. comeonnowguys - Apr 11, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    I’ve seen Barret Jackman run after star players after the whistle too often in the third period of Blues losses over the years to feel the sense of outrage they surely feel right now.

    • jimeco66 - Apr 11, 2014 at 2:48 PM

      Ummm… and that compares with a dirty hit taking a player out… just how? I’ve never seen anything Jacks did that resulted in anything like what happend last night.

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