(HockeyStL) -- The Blues received some good news on the injury front on Monday morning as the injuries to forwards Chris Stewart and Magnus Paajarvi were less severe than originally expected.
Stewart was on the ice for Monday’s practice, and according to Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch, he will not miss any time with the upper-body injury he sustained on Saturday.
Stewart was forced out of Saturday’s game with the injury after being pushed into the end boards by Nashville’s Patric Hornqvist. Stewart returned for a brief amount of time after the hit, but appeared to worsen the injury when he was involved in a skirmish with Hornqvist midway through the second period. The expectation after Saturday’s game was that Stewart would likely miss a small chunk of time. That is not the case however, as Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock announced that Stewart will suit up for Tuesday’s game against Winnipeg.
Stewart’s quick recovery is a blessing for the Blues, who were going to have to dig into their forward depth to compensate for the Stewart and Paajarvi injuries.
Paajarvi was not on the ice on Monday for the Blues, but his injury is not as bad as feared. Hitchcock described Paajarvi’s injury as “pretty significant” following the game on Saturday. Paajarvi is now considered day-to-day by the team. The forward will not be in the lineup for Tuesday’s game, but he isn’t expected to miss a large amount of time with what has only been labeled as an upper-body injury by the Blues.
The source of Paajarvi’s injury was a hit in the first period of Saturday’s game. It is believed that the hit was delivered by Nashville’s Victor Bartley. Paajarvi played only two more shifts after that particular hit, before exiting the ice and eventually the game with the injury.
Adam Cracknell is expected to replace Paajarvi for Tuesday’s game. Cracknell has played in just one of the Blues’ nine games this season. He was a player in the Blues’ shootout loss to Winnipeg on Oct. 18, and played well, but has been in the press box for the two games since. He played in 20 games with the Blues last season.