The Blues have activated veteran defenseman Wade Redden. Coach Ken Hitchcock will wait until after the pregame skate on Thursday morning to decide if the 35-year old Redden will play against Nashville.
The team put defenseman Jeff Woywitka on waivers and, officially, sent defenseman Ian Cole to Peoria of the AHL on Wednesday to make roster room for Redden. However, it is expected Cole will not even pack. If Woywitka clears waivers, as expected, he most likely will be sent to Peoria and Cole will be recalled.
Hitchcock plans to go back to his original lineup against the Predators on Thursday at Scottrade. That means center Scott Nichol and rugged winger Ryan Reaves will be back in, while wingers Jamie Langenbrunner and Matt D'Agostini will come out. Vladimir Sobotka, who moved to center the fourth line against Chicago, will go back to a wing.
Meanwhile, Jaroslav Halak will get the start in goal. Halak was pulled in the second period of a 4-3 overtime-shootout win at Nashville on Monday. He allowed three goals on 11 shots before being replaced by Brian Elliott.
The switch for Thursday in no way reflects on Elliott's performance in the 3-2 loss at Chicago. Elliott played well and was the main reason the Blues were still around to pressure the Hawks in the third period.
Elliott stood tall but he couldn't stop a 3-on-0 assault that produced the first goal. Even Chicago coach Joel Quenneville was taken aback by the unaffiliated play.
"I don't know if I've ever seen a 3-on-0 in our league," he said after the game.
Redden activated; Halak to start vs. Preds
St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Jan 24