St. Louis Blues T.J. Oshie brings the puck down the far side in the first period against the Washington Capitals at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on November 15, 2014. UPI/Bill Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT
ST. LOUIS - Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock flat out said he expected forward T.J. Oshie to return to the line-up for Thursday's game in Los Angeles after missing Tuesday's start due to a family issue.
Around 5 p.m. Tuesday, the St. Louis Blues Twitter account announced that Oshie would miss Tuesday's game against the Los Angeles Kings due to a family issue.
Magnus Paarjavi filled in Oshie's spot fluctuating between multiple lines as the Blues went on to beat the Kings 5-2. Hitchcock said he was impressed with his team's ability to adjust to the lose of a player like Oshie.
"When you take out a player like him, it's not just the line [that's affected], it's every aspect of your game," Hitchcock continued, "When you take out impact players that play in both ends in special teams, it's difficult."
Blues captain David Backes said that even though Oshie has personal events happening in his life, he expects his line-mate to be ready to take care of business Thursday.
"He's a big part of our team, brings a ton of energy," Backes said, "We missed him tonight, but hopefully he's in the line-up sooner rather than later."
In 23 games this season, Oshie has five goals and seven assits. He scored the overtime game winner Saturday in Colorado.