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Steen, Tarasenko Labeled Day-to-Day

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

HAZELWOOD, Mo. - Blues forwards Alexander Steen and Vladimir Tarasenko have both been labeled day-to-day with lower-body injuries.

Blues Head Coach Ken Hitchcock wouldn’t say whether Steen would play Thursday vs. Calgary, but he did rule Tarasenko out for tomorrow night.

As the season winds down and the playoffs approach, Hitchcock indicated he’d be less forthcoming with injury updates.

“Lower-body, day-to-day,” Hitchcock said. “That’s what you’re going to get for the next four months, so get used to it. It’s playoff time. Anybody that’s out - we won’t comment until they come back in.

“Everybody is day-to-day and certainly everybody is going to be available for Game 1 of the playoffs.”

Steen sustained a lower-body injury in the first period in Saturday’s 4-2 loss to Columbus, playing just over three minutes. Tarasenko was injured in the third period Monday night against Vancouver after being tripped by Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa. Tarasenko did not return to the game.

"You've got (Tarasenko) with 70-plus points, it's never easy to replace that. Obviously Steener is right on the verge of 70, too," Alex Pietrangelo said. "It's never easy to replace those guys, but given the depth that we have, everybody is going to have to contribute. We're not worried about that. Everybody is going to step up here and fill that role."

"Throughout the rest of the way, we're going to have guys in and out," Steve Ott said. "When that happens, you just continue to move forward and the next guy gets an opporutnity, and you go out there. We're built on team depth here and that's one big reason why we have this logjam situation at times with players, but at times like this, it's important to have that extra depth."

With the injuries, the Blues recalled forward Ty Rattie from the Chicago Wolves. Rattie ranks second in scoring in Chicago, registering 42 points in 51 games.

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