-- The long-awaited return to the lineup for Andy McDonald
is over. The veteran forward will mark his return to the Blues' lineup when they host the San Jose Sharks
McDonald, 34, has not played since the third game of the season on Oct. 13, when he suffered a concussion at the end of the second period of a 3-2 loss to the Dallas Stars
on a bit of a fluky play.
McDonald, who has two assists in three games, has missed the last 51 games but has been skating on a regular basis since Dec. 23 and has been deemed fit and ready to go.
"I'm excited. It's been kind of a tough recovery," McDonald said. "Obviously a long time, but I'm excited that this day is finally here. I'm looking forward to tonight.
"There were some levels I needed to pass. You do the neuro-psych, then you do the bike test and then you get on the ice and you skate on your own. Then you get into a practice with the team in a red jersey and get the red jersey off ... kind of all those steps along the way. Get bumped around a little bit in practice is probably the final stage. Getting hit for real tonight will probably be the last step."