After two days off the ice, T.J. Oshie will return to practice today with the intention of being ready for Game 1 of the Blues’ first-round playoff series.

Only 10 days ago, Oshie underwent surgery to repair his injured left ankle, which after two weeks off the ice revealed a stress fracture. The right winger skated Tuesday, a week after the surgery, but then underwent two days of off-ice treatment. Today he’s expected to ramp up his return.

“He’ll be a full-time participant starting (Friday),” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. “He’ll be ready to go.”

Oshie is not expected to play Saturday when the Blues wrap up the regular season against Chicago, but the opening game of the playoffs — Tuesday or Wednesday — is a legitimate target.

Oshie missed eight games before the surgery, when his injury was labeled as a serious bruise, and Thursday he sat out his fifth game since the surgery.

“He’s a notoriously quick healer,” Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said. “He and (Barret) Jackman have the highest pain thresh-hold of our group, so I’m not surprised.”

Without Oshie, the Blues were 10-3 going into Thursday’s game against Calgary, but Armstrong said that’s a false read on the club.

“Sometimes you don’t realize how important somebody is until they’re not part of your team,” he said. “My appreciation for T.J. has gone up immensely going this stretch of games without him. The energy that he brings and the passion for the game is something that we really miss and I’m looking forward to getting him back in.”

Meanwhile, fourth-line center Scott Nichol is also close to returning. He missed his 13th consecutive game Thursday with a lower-body injury, which had been lingering before he finally left the lineup April 4.