It wasn't a surprise that Alex Steen was on the ice this morning. It was a surprise that he was wearing a blue practice jersey and skating on a line with David Backes and Chris Stewart.
Steen has missed the last seven games with a shoulder injury. The Blues were hopeful that the veteran center could play on the three-game homestand, but the thought of it being tonight against San Jose was not expected.
Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said that while Steen practiced with the regulars this morning, his status remains a game-time decision.
"Steen took a full skate today," Hitchcock said. "We'll see how he feels in a few hours. If we he feels OK, then we'll talk to him. If not, then we'll wait on that. It's a very fluid roster right now. I don't know our lineup. You have to buy a ticket and figure it out later on just like we will."
Regardless of whether Steen plays, Hitchcock acknowledged that he will probably break up David Backes and T.J. Oshie, who have played together all year.
"We're thinking about it," Hitchcock said. "We just need different chemistry in other areas. I think with a guy like T.J., he brings instant energy and tenacity to a line."
Blues' Alex Steen might return vs. Sharks tonight
St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Mar 12