Stastny nearing return; Reaves to be re-evaluated -

Stastny nearing return; Reaves to be re-evaluated

(HockeySTL)-- It won’t be long before forward Paul Stastny is back in the Blues’ lineup. The forward, who continues to practice with the team, will travel with the club for its upcoming two-game road trip.

“He’s going to make the trip with us and we will see from there,” head coach Ken Hitchcock said. “He is pretty much acting and practicing like a player right now. I would say the date is really up to him now.”

Stastny injured his shoulder two weeks ago in Arizona but has been skating with the team for more than a week. There is a chance he makes his return on the short trip, which includes stops in New York and New Jersey, but Hitchcock said there is no set timetable.

“We are hopeful it is sooner rather than later, but I can’t give you a defined date right now,” Hitchcock said. “He’s pretty much doing what a player needs to do, so when he feels comfortable with everything he will give us a green light. I don’t think he’s far off.”

The 28-year-old, who signed a four-year, $28 million contract with the Blues this past offseason, was the team’s leading scorer before his injury sidelined him six games ago.

While Stastny will be on the trip and practicing with the full group, a return Thursday against New Jersey or Saturday against Nashville would make more sense considering the Blues play back-to-back games Monday and Tuesday. Meanwhile, the center has yet to participate heavily in contact drills.



Reaves to be re-evaluated


Forward Ryan Reaves was evaluated Sunday after exiting Saturday’s game against Colorado with an upper-body injury.

The injury occurred in the third period after Reaves took a high hit from Colorado’s John Mitchell. Reaves was assessed a penalty after retaliating against Mitchell with a cross-check, but left the game following the conclusion of the two-minute minor.

“He got whacked pretty good in the face there,” Hitchcock said. “We will evaluate him (Sunday). It is upper-body, obviously. Everybody saw it. He had to be removed from the game and we will evaluate him.”

The Blues confirmed to Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Sunday that Reaves is accompanying the team to New York. He will be re-evaluated on Monday.


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