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Berglund, Lehtera out Friday; Rattie recalled

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By Elizabeth Eisele By Elizabeth Eisele

(HockeySTL) -- With Jori Lehtera and Patrik Berglund both out of the lineup Friday against Carolina, the Blues have called upon a piece of their AHL depth to make the trip. Receiving the promotion is 21-year-old Ty Rattie.

Rattie, who is one of the Blues' top forward prospects, has had a successful AHL season to this point, posting 17 goals, 28 points in 43 games. He is in the top-ten in the AHL in goals scored.

Cut from the team in training camp, this will be Rattie's first call-up of the season. He spent the final two games of last season with the Blues, also due to injuries, posting a minus-2 rating and being held pointless.

The club is not holding a morning skate prior to its game against Carolina, so it isn't known where, if at all, Rattie will slot into the lineup. Joakim Lindstrom, who was a healthy scratch on Thursday, is likely to break into the lineup due to the absences of Lehtera and Berglund but the club could opt to play seven defensemen rather than use Rattie.

Both Berglund and Lehtera, who suffered injuries Thursday night against Nashville, were expected to travel with the team. A timetable for their returns was not given.  

"Both guys won't play [Friday]," head coach Ken Hitchcock said, "They'll be on the [road] trip and we'll see from there."

Berglund exited the game just before the second period expired. While attempting to finish his check against Mattias Ekholm, Berglund spun and hit the ice hard near the Zamboni entrance. He appeared to be in pain instantaneously and had trouble getting off the ice. He was eventually pushed toward the bench by teammate Vladimir Tarasenko. Before the end of the game, the Blues did announce that Berglund would not return due to an upper-body injury.

From the way he fell to the ice, it is unclear if Berglund's injury occurred to his shoulder or elbow. There is some concern as the 26-year-old Swede missed time at the end of last season due to a significant shoulder injury. 

Lehtera left the game in the third period after running into the end boards in his own end. He did skate off the ice on his own, but was quickly taken to the locker room. The Blues did not indicate what kind of injury Lehtera sustained, however it appeared to also be an upper-body injury. 

One player that Hitchcock said would see increased time with the injuries is forward Ryan Reaves, who matched his career-high in goals (4) with a tally on Thursday.

"We got great minutes from [Reaves] again," Hitchcock said, "[He] deserves more ice time and with the two injuries he's going to get it now."

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