Paul Stastny is back on the ice with the Blues after missing nearly a month of game action.
The St. Louis Blues are currently up 3-0 in their first-round playoff series with the Minnesota Wild, and if that wasn’t enough good news, the Blues may be getting another major momentum boost in the near future. Paul Stastny, the Blues’ top center, returned to the ice for Tuesday morning’s practice. Stastny has been sidelined since he suffered a lower-body injury on March 21.
It’s unknown whether Stastny will return on Wednesday night as the Blues attempt to put away the Wild in Game 4. Unless he’s been skating on his own without the media knowing, one would assume that he’d need more than one practice to get back up to speed, as his injury is widely believed to be a broken foot.
And while he’ll be a major asset in the later rounds of the playoffs, it’s not as if the Blues are in desperate need of Stastny right now, anyway. Guys like Magnus Paajarvi, Zach Sanford, and Ivan Barbashev have played extremely well and made Stastny’s absence a non-factor.
The 31-year-old Stastny played in 66 regular-season games this season, scoring 18 goals while adding 22 assists. He led the team with a 55.74% faceoff percentage and ranked best among players who played in more than 30 games with a 16.1% shooting percentage.