St. Louis Blues Recall Petteri Lindbohm, Place Jay Bouwmeester on IR


With defenseman Barret Jackman having gotten banged up a bit in Friday night’s game against the Edmonton Oilers, the St. Louis Blues decided to add a bit of blue line protection for Saturday’s road trip by recalling Petteri Lindbohm from the AHL Chicago Wolves. To make room for him on the roster, the Blues placed Jay Bouwmeester, who will be missing his fourth straight game with a lower-body injury, on injured reserve.

The 21-year-old Lindbohm made his NHL debut on October 19th of this year against the Anaheim Ducks. All indications are that Jackman will be in the lineup tonight versus the Minnesota Wild, as coach Ken Hitchcock said both Friday night and Saturday morning that he planned on Jackman playing. Lindbohm will be on standby if any changes occur prior to Saturday’s puck drop.

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Lindbohm, who is playing his first season in America this year after coming over from Finland, has played in 19 games with Chicago, scoring four goals and notching three assists while accumulating 41 penalty minutes and a plus-minus rating of plus-4. With veteran Chris Butler now a full-fledged member of the NHL club, Lindbohm figures to shuttle between Chicago and St. Louis for the rest of the season as injuries occur among the Blues’ defensive corps.

Bouwmeester’s placement on injured reserve is retroactive to last Sunday, so the Blues can bring him back for their next game on Wednesday against the Chicago Blackhawks. Considering that the 31-year-old defenseman has been skating with the team over the past couple days, it seems likely that he will indeed return for the Chicago game.