Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Fairchild will make his NHL debut for the Blues. Coach Ken Hitchcock told Rutherford a defenseman is unavailable, and Rutherford suspects it is Pietrangelo.
Erskine has been out with a shoulder injury, but should be ready to return. He’ll replace Jeff Schultz in the lineup. Eakin was a healthy scratch Saturday in Buffalo, but he’s back, which means Mathieu Perreault looks like the odd man out up front.
For six months, it's a really good accomplishment. But as soon as April [11, the end of the regular season] comes around, no one thinks about the regular season anymore. For six months, it's a real battle to get into the playoffs in the NHL these days. There are a lot of good teams, and it takes consistency over a long time.
— Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on clinching a playoff berth after a win against the Islanders on Saturday