ST. LOUIS - Alexander Steen will not - at least not initially - accompany the Blues on their two-game road trip to Boston and Washington D.C.
Blues Head Coach Ken Hitchcock said the Blues definitley won't have Steen in the lineup for Tuesday in Boston, but if he "feels better," it's not out of the question that he could join the team Wednesday for their game against the Washington Capitals.
"He's better and better, but we opted not to skate him today," Hitchcock said after Steen didn't practice Monday. "Right now, we're going to start and play in Boston without him and we'll see."
Steen has been out of the lineup since taking a hard hit from Buffalo Sabres defenseman Josh Gorges in a 4-1 Blues win on Nov. 15. Steen left the game with an upper-body injury, returned for the second period and then did not return for the third.
"It's day-to-day. I'm not worried," Hitchcock said of Steen's condition. "If it was week-to-week, we'd let you know. We're not concerned about it. I don't know if we've got more time than we think, but we're not going to (put him in) until he's 100 percent, and then he can stay in for good."