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Stastny joins Blues for practice

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUIS - Paul Stastny joined his teammates for practice on Tuesday morning at Scottrade Center, just one day ahead of a potential series-clinching game against the Minnesota Wild.

Blues Head Coach Mike Yeo said Stastny remains day-to-day and did not elaborate on his status for Wednesday's Game 4 (8:30 p.m. CT, FSMW, NBCSN, KMOX). Yeo did say he thought Stastny looked good in his first day back on the ice with teammates.

"I thought he was skating well," Yeo said. "He was involved in every drill and certainly conditioning didn't look like it was an issue. Timing and execution didn't look like it was an issue either."

Stastny sustained a lower-body injury during the March 21 game in Colorado, playing just 3 minutes and 51 seconds before leaving in the first period. He was labeled week-to-week and has missed 13 games - 10 in the regular season and the first three playoff games.

At the time of his injury, Stastny ranked fourth on the club in scoring with 40 points (18 goals, 22 assists) and was the team's best face-off man, winning 55.7 percent.

"He plays in every situation. He's on the first power play and is big for face-offs, too," said Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo. "Obviously (Vladimir Sobotka) has come in and helped in that department, but Paul is a big guy that takes a lot of big face-offs in big situations.

"We're awaiting his return… we're excited to see him out there with us."

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