PHILADELPHIA - Beginning tonight, the Blues will have to cope with the loss of Robby Fabbri, who suffered a season-ending ACL injury in the first period of Saturday's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
It's a big loss - one the Blues will have to find a way to overcome if they hope to keep pace and earn a playoff spot in the competitive Western Conference.
"It's a very tough loss," said Blues Head Coach Mike Yeo. "I've been real impressed with Robby, I love his competitiveness. Every time he's out on the ice he's trying to make a difference and make something happen. That said, we're trying to develop the mentality of next man up. I think we have some guys in our lineup that can bite off a little bit more, bring a little more and help relieve us in his absence."
With Fabbri out, the Blues recalled forwards Kenny Agostino and Magnus Paajarvi from the Chicago Wolves. Agostino leads the AHL with 60 points (18 goals, 42 assists) in 48 games, while Paajarvi has posted six goals and 10 assists in 25 games in the AHL.
Paajarvi isn't expected to play tonight, but Agostino will make his Blues debut on a line with Jori Lehtera and David Perron.
Video: Agostino set for Blues debut
"(Agostino) has been having a great deal of success down there and I want him to come up and show us what he can do," Yeo said. "I don't want him thinking about too much or worried one mistake will take him out of the lineup. I want to see what he can bring us and we'll give him a good chance tonight."
Dmitrij Jaskin will also return to the lineup tonight, and Carter Hutton will start in goal.
Here is the full projected lineup:
Alexander Steen - Paul Stastny - Vladimir Tarasenko
Kenny Agostino - Jori Lehtera - David Perron
Jaden Schwartz - Patrik Berglund - Dmitrij Jaskin
Scottie Upshall - Ivan Barbashev - Ryan Reaves
Jay Bouwmeester - Alex Pietrangelo
Carl Gunnarsson - Kevin Shattenkirk
Joel Edmundson - Colton Parayko