(HockeyStL) -- Known for being one of the grittiest players on the team, Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka was back on the ice for practice on Thursday after being walloped by a head shot during Wednesday’s shootout loss to the Lightning.
Sobotka left early in the first period when Adam Erne, an 18-year-old forward drafted 33rd overall, delivered a hit to the head of the Blues forward. He would not return to the game, but returned to practice on Thursday sporting a nice gash under his left eye.
“He feels good,” Ken Hitchcock said. “We’ll play him on Saturday. We didn’t schedule him in for (Friday’s) game. He wanted to play (Friday), but we’ll hold him out and play him on Saturday.”
Friday’s game will be against, you guessed it, the Lightning.
“The issue has been dealt with,” Hitchcock said. “We’re moving forward on it, but we’re not going to allow that to happen on our team. That’s not a St. Louis Blues team that allows that to happen. We dealt with it and we’ll move forward.”
Sobotka did not talk to reporters after practice.
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