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    Steve Ott has not given up on the idea of making a return this season. The forward made that point evident when he joined his Blues teammates on the ice Friday morning. It was Ott’s first public skate since undergoing a surgical procedure to repair a hamstring injury suffered back in December. Ott sustained the injury in gruesome fashion as he slid into the boards with his legs splitting from the impact. The incident occurred back on Dec. 5. Ott’s surgery was performed t...

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ST. LOUIS - Despite not skating in Thursday’s practice it appears rookie Robby Fabbri may only miss a few games after suffering a lower-body injury in Tuesday’s game.

Fabbri, 20, limped off the ice early in the third period after being checked in the offensive zone causing him to lose his balance and fall on his left leg awkwardly. But the news may not be as bad as first thought.

“All the guys are day-to-day,” said Ken Hitchcock, also updating the status on injured defensemen Jay Bouwmeester and Carl Gunnarsson. “In the next two or three days everybody will be skating. You can go to the bank on that.”

All three skaters will miss Friday’s tilt against the Bruins. The Blues will fill Fabbri’s vacancy with either Dmitrij Jaskin or Magnus Paajarvi, but Hitchcock said he hasn’t made a final decision.

“The plan is to play both of them two of the next three games but depending on how quickly Robby is back we’ll change that after tomorrow,” Hitchcock added. “I want to sleep on it and see what works. Maybe talk to Stastny and Troy about it. See how they feel about it and go from there.”

With the severity of Fabbri’s injury appearing minor it allows Hitchcock the opportunity to keep his other lines intact. An important factor is the team’s quest for first place in the Central and home ice advantage in the playoffs.

“When we say those those three guys are day-to-day that’s a good sign. So I’m not going to blow up things. If it was week-to-week it would be a different story, but they’re day-to-day. I’m not going to blow something up for one game, two games.”

Ott could return this weekend

With two full practices complete the Blues are closer to seeing the return of Steve Ott.

Ott hasn’t seen game action since December 5th when he went down with a horrific injury. The forward collided with the boards while his legs split from the impact in a gruesome and complex injury. After undergoing surgery four months ago it was unclear if Ott would return this season or to the game at all.

But Ott endured a grueling rehab process with Blues head trainer Ray Barile to even get back on his blades. And six weeks ago he was able to skate again, an impressive milestone in his recovery.

“From being in agonizing pain, to not being able to move, to not being to walk let alone get off the couch, then not being able to sit down because of where I was repaired out to walking again to running again to skating again,” Ott said detailing his process back to the ice.  “I give [Barile] a lot of credit because he's put in a lot of time. We've grinded through a lot of the down time to. It's exciting to feel like a player again and to feel good.”

Hitchcock ruled Ott out for Friday’s game saying the team would put him through some more tests to see how he responds.

“He's getting real close,” said Hitchcock. “This is day two with no hold back so he's had two complete practices where he's been a full participant both on PK and 5-on-5 and battle drills. He's not going to play tomorrow but we'll move through the weekend and see how he looks. We'll work him hard tomorrow and just see how he looks.”

It’s possible Ott could return for Sunday’s game in Colorado affording him the opportunity to play in four games before the start of the playoffs. It’s the next benchmark in his road back to playing when no one, even his general manager, were unsure if he would ever return.

“It’s exciting to feel like a player again and to feel good,” Ott said. “I’ve had a really solid week and a half. Timeline-wise I think we’re sitting there right on it. The team has been playing phenomenal and obviously I want to be part of it.”

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