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At the Rink: Canadiens at Blues

by Louie Korac

ST. LOUIS -- The injury hits keep coming to the St. Louis Blues, who will be without Alexander Steen on Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, TVA Sports, SN, FS-MW).

Steen is out with an upper-body injury after he was hit with an inadvertent stick by teammate Kevin Shattenkirk in the third period during a 4-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. Steen did not return to that game and was not on the ice for the morning skate Saturday.

Coach Ken Hitchcock did not have an update, only saying Steen was out.

Hitchcock said it was too soon to know if it's a short-term or long-term injury. Regardless, Steen joins goalie Jake Allen (lower body), defensemen Jay Bouwmeester (upper body) and Carl Gunnarsson (upper body) and forwards Jaden Schwartz (fractured ankle), Steve Ott (hamstring) and Magnus Paajarvi (upper body) on the injured list.

"I'm really proud of the players and I'm really proud of the staff for what they're doing, but at the end of the day, nobody cares," Hitchcock said. "We've got five games left before the (All-Star) break and we've got to get points."

The Canadiens will get Dale Weise (upper body) back in the lineup Saturday after the forward missed four games with an upper-body injury.

"I've felt good," Weise said. "It's just frustrating not being a part of it. Regardless if you're winning or losing, you want to be a part of it. You want to be around the boys. When you're injured, you come in on your own program. That's my favorite part of this, you get to hang with the boys. I definitely missed that."

Coach Michel Therrien will play Weise with David Desharnais at center and Alex Galchenyuk at left wing.

Galchenyuk, a center by trade, was moved to the left wing in the Canadiens' 2-1 loss Thursday to the Chicago Blackhawks, and Therrien will stick with the combination.

"I like what I see from Desharnais and Galchenyuk on the power play. They have chemistry there," Therrien said. "We decided to give them experience in the third period (Thursday) and they did really good. They created scoring chances and they should have been rewarded.

"Now we've got Dale Weise back. Weise, when he's on his game, he's a hard guy to play against. He's got speed, he's capable of scoring big goals for us. It's not the fact that we're not satisfied with Galchenyuk as a center; it's not the decision. We're thinking right now that we're looking for more production offensively and (to) put those three guys together we think is going to help our hockey club."

Forward Jacob De La Rose will make his season debut for the Canadiens on Saturday after being recalled from St. John's of the American Hockey League.

"I'm really excited," De La Rose said. "I worked my [tail] off to show that I'm good enough to be here. I've had a bigger role and a lot of minutes there playing in all kinds of situations. It was good for me. I'm really excited to be back here."

Here are the projected lineups:


Max Pacioretty - Tomas Plekanec - Brendan Gallagher

Alex Galchenyuk - David Desharnais - Dale Weise

Tomas Fleischmann - Lars Eller - Paul Byron

Jacob De La Rose - Torrey Mitchell - Brian Flynn

Andrei Markov - P.K. Subban

Nathan Beaulieu - Jeff Petry

Alexei Emelin - Mark Barberio

Mike Condon

Ben Scrivens

Injured: Carey Price (lower body), Tom Gilbert (lower body)

Scratched: Devante Smith-Pelly, Greg Pateryn, Victor Bartley


Robby Fabbri - Jori Lehtera - Vladimir Tarasenko

Scottie Upshall - Paul Stastny - Troy Brouwer

Patrik Berglund - David Backes - Ty Rattie

Dmitrij Jaskin - Kyle Brodziak - Ryan Reaves

Joel Edmundson - Alex Pietrangelo

Colton Parayko - Kevin Shattenkirk

Chris Butler - Robert Bortuzzo

Brian Elliott

Jordan Binnington

Injured: Alexander Steen (upper body), Jaden Schwartz (ankle), Steve Ott (hamstring), Jay Bouwmeester (upper body), Jake Allen (lower body), Carl Gunnarsson (upper body), Magnus Paajarvi (upper body)

Scratched: None

Status report: Bartley, acquired in a trade with the Arizona Coyotes on Friday, arrived in St. Louis on Saturday but will not play. "I haven't seen him play much, but a lot of people in the organization really liked the way that kid's playing," Therrien said. "He's got some experience in the NHL. He moves the puck well, he's solid 1-on-1; that's going to give us some depth."

Who's hot: Subban has a three-game point streak and a point in six of the past seven games (one goal, five assists). Condon has allowed six goals the past four starts. Plekanec has four assists the past five games. … Lehtera has a three-game point streak and has a point in four of the past five games (one goal, three assists).

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