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Banged Up Blues Get Ready for Jets

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

WINNIPEG - The Blues have played just five games in the 2015-16 season, but already have had 10 man games lost due to injury.

On this season-long six-game road trip alone, the Blues have lost Robby Fabbri, Kevin Shattenkirk and Paul Stastny.

Here’s the latest on the injured Blues:

  • Patrik Berglund - Had successful surgery on his right shoulder in late August. He will be re-evaluated four months from the date of surgery.
  • Fabbri - Sustained a concussion last Saturday in Minnesota. He has been ruled out indefinitely and is not traveling with the team on the current road trip.
  • Shattenkirk - Left Tuesday’s game in Calgary with a lower-body injury in the second period. He had 12:58 of ice-time in the game and hasn’t played since, but remains on the road trip with the club and is day-to-day.
  • Stastny - Blocked a shot in the second period Friday in Vancouver and did not play in the third. The Blues announced Saturday that Stastny was sent home and would not play in the remaining two games on the current road trip. Another update, if necessary, would be given after the Blues return to St. Louis.

So, where does that leave the Blues on Sunday as they prepare for a divisional matchup against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre?

Probably happy they signed forwards Scottie Upshall and Scott Gomez to one-year contracts. Sure, the Blues are shorthanded, but they’re not making any excuses. In fact, they’re looking for their fourth consecutive win today (2 p.m., FSMW, KMOX).

After losing 3-2 last Saturday in Minnesota to start the trip, the Blues have grinded out victories over the Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks, improving to 4-1-0 on the season.

Today, they’ll face the Jets, who also sit 4-1-0 in the Western Conference’s Central Division. The Blues and Jets have met 11 times since the 2011-12 season, with nine of those games decided by one goal. The other two saw late empty-net goals.

Overall, the Blues are 8-1-2 since the Jets moved to Winnipeg.

BLUE NOTES

Brian Elliott is expected to start today and is 4-0-1 with a 1.91 goals-against average and a .925 save-percentage in his last five starts against the Jets.

Vladimir Tarasenko has points in each of his first five games this season, making him one of three players in the NHL with a five-game point streak. The others are Winnipeg’s Blake Wheeler and Columbus’ Ryan Johansen.

Troy Brouwer has posted 6 points (2 goals, 4 assists) in his first five games of the season , marking the best start of his NHL career.

Kyle Brodziak, who scored his first goal as a Blue in Friday’s win against Vancouver, is one goal shy of 100 in his career.

The Blues did not hold a morning skate today, so a lineup won't be available until closer to puck drop.

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