(HockeySTL) -- Blues forward Chris Porter is officially off the injured reserve list and anxious to return to action. He will get his wish in the immediate future.
The Blues have two games, back-to-back contests, coming up this weekend. According to head coach Ken Hitchcock, Porter will be re-inserted into the lineup for at least one of them.
“He's playing one of these two games this week for sure,” Hitchcock said.
“I'm off the IR now,” Porter said. “I'm ready. It's coach's decision now and whenever he wants to use me. I feel prepared and ready to play. Whenever I'm called upon, I'm ready.”
Porter, who sustained a broken ankle on Dec. 29, has missed the last 21 games with the ailment. He began skating on his own a few weeks ago and recently joined the team for full practices. It was the first time in his pro career that the forward had missed time due to injury.
The forward will return to the lineup hoping to provide a much-needed spark to a Blues team that is trying to find consistency. Prior to his injury, Porter was starting to earn a more consistent role in the Blues’ lineup.
“It's never fun to be hurt,” said Porter. “It's one thing to be a healthy scratch and it's another to be hurt not be able to be around the guys. You never want to see the team to struggle. We've had a great year so far. We're going through a little tough patch, but we'll be better for it come the playoffs and hopefully I can get back in the mix. “
With just a goal and two points in 14 games this season, Porter’s role down the stretch will be limited due to the team’s forward depth. But that depth also allowed ample time for the forward to fully heal.
“I feel pretty good,” said Porter. “It’s been a long process which is something I'm not used to, but it's a learning experience. I'm glad to be pretty close to 100%.”
The Blues’ next game is Friday against Boston, followed by a Saturday matchup against Pittsburgh. With two of the Eastern Conference's best teams in town, Porter is hoping to help the team turn things around. He said Wednesday's high-intensity practice was certainly a start.
"We haven't had a lot of time to practice lately," said Porter. "If we could get some work in today and then take tomorrow off I think we'll be better for it for the weekend."