Blues left winger Alexander Steen was not at practice Friday spending the time instead at the dentist’s office.
In Thursday’s 4-2 win over Nashville Steen was high-sticked by the Predators’ Victor Bartley in the third period drawing a four-minute double-minor penalty.

“He’s fine” Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock said. “He just got his tooth looked at. He’ll be back at the skate (today) ready to go.”

The Blues may lose a few teeth this season but they don’t want to lose anyone off the line of Steen David Backes and T.J. Oshie following Thursday’s performance.

Backes and Steen each had power-play goals and the trio accounted for Oshie’s 5-on-5 goal. They combined for seven of the Blues’ 28 shots.

“Yeah it was good” Hitchcock said. “(The line) was probably better offensively than most people thought. We need a little better work without the puck but I liked their diligence I liked their competitiveness ... and where they were really good was both ends of the special teams. Those guys really contributed in a huge way.”

Backes a notorious slow starter offensively had a goal and an assist for a two-point night in the opener.