The St. Louis Blues
received a big boost to their lineup, announcing that winger Alex Steen
has been activated from injured reserve and will be in the lineup Sunday night against the Phoenix Coyotes
Steen, who has missed the last 39 games due to a concussion, has not played since Dec. 27 at Detroit.
"Anytime you get a good player back in your lineup, it's a positive," Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said. "We want to be cautious when (Steen) comes back in and we understand that it's going to take time to get up to full speed. But with the (limited) number of games left in the season, it's good that he's in the lineup."
Steen had been in Southern California for the last month receiving treatment from a concussion/spinal specialist while also having the use of a hyperbaric chamber, something that teammate Andy McDonald
used while he was sidelined with a concussion this season.
Steen, who has 13 goals and 24 points in 36 games this season to go with a plus-20 rating, is among one of the top all-around players for the Western Conference-leading Blues, who enter Sunday night's game with 101 points.
Steen was cleared for contact on Friday, along with teammate Matt D'Agostini
"I always think it's necessary to leave those decisions to the players," Armstrong said. "Obviously they consult with the training staff and the doctors. He was skating and conditioning when he was in California (receiving treatment). He skated a couple of times with the team ... Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday... he's had time to get up and running."
In addition to Steen, defenseman Kris Russell
will also return to the lineup Sunday night. Russell has been sidelined with a concussion since Feb. 23, missing the last 14 games.