(HockeySTL)-- With forward Paul Stastny still battling back from his shoulder injury, the Blues were dealt two more huge blows on Thursday as they announced that David Backes and T.J. Oshie have been diagnosed with concussions.
Both forwards are out indefinitely, with no timetable for return. Neither will be able to play Thursday against Anaheim.
"Backes is concussed, out, Oshie is concussed, out," Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "Oshie has something else going, plus the concussion. We're not sure whether it's the bacterial (ailment)."
Backes and Oshie both sustained the head injuries in Tuesday’s game against Dallas. Backes’ injury occurred on a play where the forward collided with Stars defenseman Trevor Daley. As a result of the hit, Backes landed on the ice, crashing his head into the surface. The injury forced Backes out of the game.
Oshie’s injury came later in the game after he slid head-first into one of the goal posts. Oshie, unlike Backes, returned to the game. Hitchcock says the concussion symptoms came later for Oshie.
While there was no update on either player Wednesday, as both were still being monitored, Hitchcock wasn't confident enough in the severity of the injuries to rule anyone out for Thursday’s game.
“We really don’t know, to be honest with you,” Hitchcock told reporters Wednesday. “I would say nobody’s ruled out. A couple of guys that got banged up (Tuesday) aren’t ruled in yet. We’ll get a better evaluation tomorrow. We’re expecting that we’ll be pretty close to the same roster, but we’re not sure yet.”
The evaluations confirmed that the head injuries were concussions.
The Blues also announced that Joakim Lindstrom is battling the bacterial ailment that has bothered the entire locker room recently. He will be a game-time against the Ducks.
With three forwards confirmed out for Thursday's game and a fourth questionable, Chris Porter and Magnus Paajarvi will slot into the lineup. Should Lindstrom be ruled out early enough, the Blues could elect to call up some help from the AHL or play with seven defensemen.