(HockeySTL)-- T.J. Oshie will be in the Blues’ lineup for Thursday’s game against Nashville after missing the last seven games with a concussion.
The forward was questionable for Thursday’s game following the morning skate as he awaited clearance from the medical staff. Oshie said he wouldn’t play if he didn’t feel 100 percent.
"Possibly,” Oshie told reporters when asked if he would be ready to go by 7 p.m. “The doctors will be here tonight, talk to them, the trainers, the coaches. They've been really clear that they want me to wait until I'm 100 percent ready. It's early in the season, they want me back but they need me to be 100 percent healthy. If I feel like I'm 100 percent healthy, I'll try to be in tonight.
“The only way I'll be playing tonight or Saturday night or whatever is if I feel I'm 100 percent ready and I give them the go-ahead."
Oshie had been skating for the past few days with the team, though he hadn’t been involved in many contact drills. On Thursday morning, he had teammate Chris Porter initiate some contact and said he felt good following the drills.
Though he has been symptom-free for the past few days, Oshie wanted to monitor his condition through the afternoon before declaring himself ready.
"If we get a phone call in an hour or two hours or three hours after he has conversations with everybody connected, we'll put him in,” Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock told Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “If not, we'll just keep going until someone tells us. If we get the approval, we'll put him in and play him as a normal player. But until we get that call, we're not doing anything."
Prior to sustaining the head injury on Oct. 28, Oshie had one point in eight games. Ryan Reaves will also join the Blues line-up Thursday while they had to assign Dmitrij Jaskin to the Chicago Wolves in the AHL.