Blues McDonald sits out with flu, Russell fills in
Edmonton Oilers Justin Schultz (19) tries to poke the puck away from St. Louis Blues Andy McDonald during the first period at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on March 26, 2013. UPI/Bill Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT
(HockeyStL) -- The St. Louis Blues were dealt a blow when Andy McDonald came down with the flu shortly before the team took to the ice against the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday.
McDonald, who missed ten games earlier this season with a lower-body injury, was replaced by Kris Russell in the lineup.
The loss of McDonald continued to deplete the forwards for the Blues, who are already without T.J. Oshie and Scott Nichol due to injuries.
Russell, a usual defenseman, was one of two healthy options for the team and played left wing aside Adam Cracknell and Ryan Reaves. Defenseman Ian Cole, who was scratched for the ninth consecutive game, was the only extra healthy player on the active roster on Sunday.
Russell registered one shot and one hit in 5:11 played against the Red Wings on Sunday.