NASHVILLE - Could the Blues get Alexander Steen back for today's Game 6 in Nashville?
We won't know the answer to that question until just before the puck drops today at 2 p.m. CT (NBCSN, Y98 FM), but we do know that Steen won't play if he doesn't feel like he can help the team.
"He is a selfless person, and he's competing hard for us. He's willing to do whatever," said Blues Head Coach Mike Yeo. "If you know his character, you know he's not going to put our team in a bad situation or put himself out there if he's not able to perform to his own standards, let alone ours."
Steen has continued to play games as he deals with an undisclosed injury. He participated in warm-ups before Game 5 on Friday, but was not in the lineup for the first time in the postseason.
Despite not having Steen in the lineup, the Blues showed plenty of character with a 2-1 win against the Predators, extending the series and sending it back to Nashville for Game 6.
"Obviously we really missed Steener out there, but other guys had to step up," said Patrik Berglund. "I thought we played a solid 60-minute team game."
"He's a heck of a player," Yeo said of Steen. "It's his play, and obviously (in Game 5) losing in him on the power play - not only does it show up in the power-play situations, but he's a key guy in the 5-on-3 (penalty) killing. I think we felt it there. His leadership is a real important part of what he brings to the table. It's tough to measure that."