Blues coach Ken Hitchcock indicated at the team's morning skate that Langenbrunner, a former Star, had the flu but that he would be probable for the game. He's the third player (defenseman Alex Pietrangelo and Kevin Shattenkirk) in recent weeks to miss a game because of the flu.
Langenbrunner had played in the team's first 34 games, recording 2 goals and 12 points.
We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock to the Toronto Star on recalling goalie Garret Sparks from the AHL to start Monday in his NHL debut