ST. LOUIS - On Wednesday, the St. Louis Blues recalled Petteri Lindbohm from the Chicago Wolves (AHL) to provide competition among the defensemen, according to head coach Ken Hitchcock.
After the abdominal injury suffered by star defender Kevin Shattenkirk on February 1st, the Blues played the following eight games with the same six defensmen. Then, after a pitiful defensive showing in their 4-1 loss to Dallas, Hitchcock said he wanted a seventh defenseman, specifically Lindbohm, to compete for a spot on the ice.
"We need a guy who can challenge for position," he said, "We need some competitiveness back there."
St. Louis plays back-to-back nights Friday and Saturday against Boston and Pittsburgh, respectively, and it's likely Lindbohm will see action in one of those games.
Lindbohm said the Blues called him Tuesday night and made it on the ice Wednesday for practice with the entire squad. The team then wasted no time re-acclimating the 21-year-old as captain David Backes checked him hard into the boards and they both tumbled to the ice.
"It was a tough practice," Lindbohm added, "It was a pretty bad start for me, but the longer we went on the ice, it felt better and better."
This is the second stint in St. Louis for Lindbohm this season. He played in nine games in December and recorded an assist. With the Wolves this season, Lindbohm has 17 points (6 goals and 11 assists).
Now he'll be thrown into the push for the playoffs while the Blues try to keep pace in the always tough Western Conference. The Blues sit in second place in the Western Conference with 78 points, six points behind Nashville and only one point ahead of Anaheim. And Lindbohm knows the only way to be successful is to play simple.
"I just try to do my own thing. If I have a chance to shoot, I try to score," he continued, "I don't know that I can do what Shattenkirk did. He's got a lot of [points]."