(HockeyStL) -- Alexander Steen will not be in the Blues’ lineup for Thursday’s preseason home opener as recovers from what is believed to be a minor injury.
Steen, who was expected to make his preseason debut on Thursday night, was “banged up” in Wednesday’s full-team scrimmage, head coach Ken Hitchcock told reporters on Thursday. Steen did not join his teammates on the ice for for Thursday's morning practice, either.
The severity of Steen's injury was not directly given by Hitchcock, who only labeled the forward as day-to-day. However, the indication from Hitchcock is that the inury is currently a minor one.
"He got banged-up in the scrimmage yesterday so we yarded him out,” Hitchcock told the St. Louis Post Dispatch. “We'll get back to him next week once we finish the evaluation, but we're not taking any chances with the veteran guys.”
The Blues will also hold Steen out of Saturday’s game in Kansas City. They will reevaluate the forward next week.
Steen has been skating on a line with Paul Stastny and Joakim Lindstrom in training camp and that line was expected to make its preseason debut Thursday evening. Instead, Magnus Paajarvi will take Steen’s spot in the lineup for the next two games. Barring any significant development, Hitchcock doesn’t expect Steen’s ailment to linger for too long.
Aside from Steen, all other players expected to make their preseason debuts tonight will do so. The list includes: David Backes, Paul Stastny, T.J. Oshie, Alex Pietrangelo and Jay Bouwmeester.
Tonight’s updated lineup: