Honestly, I take that as good news. It probably hurts the chances the Blues get the President's Cup, but I think they should still be able to hold onto the Central (which in my opinion is the most important thing).
Meanwhile, we'll get back a rested McDonald. He should be able to keep his conditioning up with this type of injury, so I expect him up to speed pretty quickly when he does return.
After how it looked initially, I'm really happy to hear this.
It doesn't say if Steen "feeling great" means that he has been able to elevate his heart rate without significant side effects, so I'm not going to get my hopes up too much there, but the rest of that news is all very encouraging.
I'm sensing that guys like McDonald and Backes are going to take slightly longer off than they strictly need to, since the team's fate isn't in peril and a healthy playoff line-up is starting to become the main priority.
That said, Backes won't stay out of he doesn't have to.
It sounds like this team might actually be close to getting healthy! A lot of forwards have fairly minor injuries and should be back soon but if they can actually get Steener back...watch out! I'm trying I not get too excited about the Blues' Cup hopes since it usually takes a year or two of not making it in the playoffs for a team to "get it" and truly know what it takes to win a Cup but this is a very solid team right now and should be even better if they can get fully healthy.
It's funny though that the Blues might have to call up someone from Peoria for Wed's game as all of McDonald, Backes, Arnott, & D'ags are questionable at this point...but then have all of those guys back a week from now.
and with the power of the schwartz on our side will have legit scoring threats throughout all four lines and all three dpairings if were fully healthy... think about it... maybe not the fourth line but sobotka can score a little and i assume he would be with nichol and reaves if were fully healthy on the fourth line.
Huskins - Petro
Jackman - Shattenkirk
Colaiacovo - Polak
Scratches: D'agostini, Porter, Reaves, Crombeen, Cole, Russell
I think you sit D'agostini as long as Schwartz plays well in the next nine games. D'agostini only has 18 points through 52 games. If Schwartz can perform as well as him there's no reason not to give him the playoff experience.
Sit Cole and let him experience the atmosphere. Still maturing. Russell and Colaiacovo is a toss up, but I think Colaiacovo gives us a better powerplay.