ST. LOUIS - Shortly after the Blues announced Jaden Schwartz would be out of the lineup for six weeks with an ankle injury, Blues Head Coach Mike Yeo said the Blues would also be without Alex Pietrangelo - at least for tonight's 6 p.m. game against the Buffalo Sabres (FSMW, FSGO, KMOX).
Here's what Yeo had to say about each player:
On Schwartz: "We were hopeful (he would be OK), but talking with Schwartzy last night, there was enough concern that we'd get back here and (need) the MRI. Obviously it's bad news. It's a tough break. I feel really bad for Schwartzy with the year that he's having, the way he's put himself on the map in our League, the recognition he's getting has been so well deserved. I feel bad for him and obviously it's a loss for our group… I don't think we're going to point at one person and say OK, this is the guy that's going to try to make up for the loss. When you look at the offense we're going to be missing from Schwartzy, we need everybody to step up and find a way to contribute and be a factor and be a threat."
On Pietrangelo: "We'll call that day-to-day. He's going to try and skate (Monday) and try to go to the rink and see how that goes, but we'll call it day-to-day right now. Every time a guy comes out of the lineup is an opportunity for somebody else. We'll have someone else ready to step up here tonight and we'll step up with our team game."
Injuries to two prominent players will force Yeo to make some lineup changes tonight, but he wasn't ready to divulge those changes this morning.
Here's what we do know about tonight's lineup:
- Other than Schwartz and Pietrangelo, everyone else made it through Saturday's game against Detroit and is healthy.
- Jake Allen will start in goal.
- The Blues recalled Ivan Barbashev from the Chicago Wolves after learning of Schwartz's injury, so Barbashev will be available tonight if needed.
"We've got character players, we've got depth. Nobody is going to sit around here and feel sorry for us and we're not going to feel sorry for ourselves," Yeo said. "We'll get back to work here tonight. The focus on our team game is going to be extra important right now and we talk about it all the time, we need guys to step up. Guys that are in the lineup we need them to step up and bring their A-game, and guys that come into the lineup, we need them to be ready to deliver."