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Oshie and Berglund out, Tarasenko in for Blues tonight vs. ‘Hawks

Apr 17, 2014, 12:41 PM EDT

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The St. Louis Blues will be down two of their top-10 scoring forwards when they open their series against Chicago tonight at Scottrade — but will get one back.

T.J. Oshie and Patrik Berglund will be held out of action, head coach Ken Hitchcock confirmed on Thursday. Oshie has been sidelined since taking a high hit from Minnesota’s Mike Rupp last Thursday, while Berglund is out with a shoulder injury suffered against Dallas on Apr. 11.

The losses were offset by news that sophomore forward Vladimir Tarasenko would return to the lineup for the first time since Mar. 15. Tarasenko, who missed the last 15 games of the regular season after undergoing hand surgery, scored a career-high 21 goals this season.

But back to Oshie and Berglund for a minute.

Of the two, Oshie is the bigger loss — the U.S. Olympic standout finished second on the Blues in scoring this year, with 60 points, and was averaging close to 20 minutes per game.

Berglund will be missed in a large capacity as well, though. The Swedish center was one of St. Louis’ most-active faceoff men this year and is an active member of both the penalty kill and power play. What’s more, Berglund finished sixth on the team in goals this year, with 16.

With these two out, here’s what St. Louis’ lines looked like at the morning skate:

Steve OttDavid BackesAlex Steen

Jaden SchwartzVladimir Sobotka — Tarasenko

Brenden MorrowDerek RoyRyan Reaves

Chris PorterMaxim LapierreAdam Cracknell

  1. bcsteele - Apr 17, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    Why would you not just reunite the CPR line from last year? Showed great heart and energy…

  2. hammerhead5573 - Apr 17, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    6 pack of Bud Lite – check.
    Depends undergarments – check
    T.V works – check
    Extra T.V. Remote in case the first one gets broken – check
    Ok I’m all set .

    • esracerx46 - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:30 PM

      Does the DVR work? Gonna have to use that a few times. What about food? If the DVR doesn’t work might I suggest a product for you? Don’t want to let nature force you to miss something.

      I’m pumped too!

      • hammerhead5573 - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:35 PM

        Raisin Bran. :)

  3. rushledger - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    Still a formidable forward group even without them. This could be the best 1st round matchup by far, two cup favorites in round one? I expect a 7 game war.

    • hammerhead5573 - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:37 PM

      The entire West is stacked. But I agree this series is gonna be fun to watch.

  4. esracerx46 - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    Reaves on a third line? Really? Nobody else?

    • beepbeepbeeplgb - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:32 PM

      yeah, i’d rather see reaves on the fourth line w/ paajarvi on the third and cracknell out. maybe paajarvi hasn’t been playing to hitch’s liking. Just kind of weird he’s played most of the year and cracknell has been in the ahl and cracknell gets to play game 1.

  5. comeonnowguys - Apr 17, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Five teams from this year’s Central division and two from last year’s Central are in the playoffs.

    Flyover country my derriere.

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