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Schwartz sidelined with lower-body injury

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

HAZELWOOD, MO - Jaden Schwartz did not practice with the team on Friday due to a lower-body injury and won't play Saturday against the Chicago Blackhawks.

His status for Sunday's game against the Ducks is "questionable to doubtful," according to Blues Head Coach Mike Yeo.

"The report that we got is nothing to be concerned about long term," Yeo said.

Schwartz was hit with a shot in the first period of Thursday's 5-3 win against the Calgary Flames. He remained in the game and played 19 minutes, recording one assist.

"He's had some bad luck with that," Yeo said of Schwartz blocking shots. "He has a lot of success by going to the net, and unfortunately that's a little bit of what can happen when you're there.

"Schwartzy is a huge part of our team," he added. "I think we saw last year the impact it had on our team when he went out of the lineup. But we have to be stronger than that, and again, we believe we're a different team. We have more offense in our lineup. If you go back to the summer and the moves that (General Manager Doug Armstrong) made to make us better, to make us stronger, this should be one of those times and situations where that should come into play."

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