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Stastny says he's making progress every day

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

Stastny making progress

Stastny skates with team for third straight day

Paul Stastny is getting closer to returning from a lower-body injury sustained on March 21

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ST. LOUIS - Paul Stastny was back on the ice with his teammates for a third consecutive day on Thursday and says he is progressing every day.

"It feels good," Stastny said of his injury, which has kept him out of the lineup for 14 games - 10 in the regular season and four in the postseason. "I wasn't going to go onto the ice until I started feeling comfortable being off of skates and doing workouts and different exercises. I got on the ice probably five or six days ago and it felt way better.

"I didn't have expectations. I just want to go out there day by day."

Stastny sustained a lower-body injury on March 21 in Colorado. He said when you've been on the sidelines for that long, the biggest part in returning is getting up to speed and thinking the game at a higher rate.

"It takes more than one skate or two skates to kind of get that shape on the ice and off the ice, thinking the game," Stastny said. "Every skate has been encouraging and I just go from there… I never really put a date on when I want to return, it's day by day. When I feel confident out there in myself and my abilities to help the team, I will."

Blues Head Coach Mike Yeo said he wants Stastny to go through the team's full practice on Friday before making a decision about his availability for Game 5.

"He's moving well, he's progressing," Yeo said. "First things first, let's have a good practice tomorrow and evaluate whether he's going to be a player or not."

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