CSN Chicago "It was looking like an all-too familiar scene at the end of the second period. The Chicago Blackhawks had a lead, this time the rare 2-0 advantage. The St. Louis Blues took away that lead, again in quick fashion. It was a time when the Blackhawks had to ask themselves if they were going to fall..." April 24
CSN Chicago "St. Louis Blues captain David Backes was sidelined during Game 3 with an injury after suffering from a big hit delivered by Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook in Game 2 of their opening-round playoff series. Whether Backes will be back on the ice on Wednesday remains to be seen...." April 23
#stlblues starters: Ott-Steen-Oshie; Bouwmeester-Pietrangelo; Miller. Backes officially scratched.
Brenden Morrow out for the series. #Blackhawks
CBSSports.com "The Stanley Cup playoffs have only just begun but it's never too early to look forward to next season, particularly for those teams who are already done and can do nothing but figure out how to get better. Essential to the offseason planning is knowing what the salary cap will be next season so..." April 23
Fox Sports Midwest "Through the first three games of their Western Conference first-round playoff series, the St. Louis Blues' penalty kill has been exactly what they need it to be, killing off 13 of 14 Blackhawks power-play opportunities. Unfortunately for the Blues, Chicago's penalty kill has been just as..." April 22
Blues coach Ken Hitchcock: "We get (David) Backes back in the next two or three games, we're going to even go higher." #Blackhawks
Chicago Tribune "Hours before the puck was dropped for Game 3, Duncan Keith and Bryan Bickell were already playing defense. The veterans stood in the dressing room and defended their reputations, but once the action got underway it was goaltender Corey Crawford who put on a dazzling defensive effort in a 2-0..." April 22
David Backes will not play tonight for the St Louis Blues, Coach Hitchcock says.
Pro Hockey Talk "Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook high and late hit on David Backes has cost his team dearly. Chicago had a 3-2 lead at 15:09 of the third period when Seabrook was assessed a five-minute major. St. Louis forward Vladimir Tarasenko tied the game on the resulting power play en route to..." April 20
St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The status of Blues forward David Backes remains uncertain a day after he was knocked out of Game 2 on an illegal hit by Chicago's Brent Seabrook. The club held an optional practice Sunday, of which Backes obviously did not take part, and afterwards head coach Ken Hitchcock was asked about the..." April 20
USA Today "The defending champion Chicago Blackhawks already are in trouble in their first-round series, trailing 2-0. Now they will be without key defenseman Brent Seabrook as they attempt a comeback. The league said he will have a phone hearing on Sunday for his hit that knocked St. Louis Blues..." April 20
Seabrook: "I was just trying to make a play on Backes. I thought the puck was there ... I just tried to finish my hit." #Blackhawks
St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Blues fans may disagree with Ken Hitchcock on this one. After needing a game-tying goal late in regulation, and then enduring three overtimes for a Game 1 victory over Chicago Thursday, the Blues put themselves in dire straits again Saturday in Game 2. They coughed up a two-goal lead and..." April 20
Hitch said everyone would get in my Game 4. I'd lean on Oshie not playing but never say never. Safe to say Berglund is out. Only 1 practice.
Pro Hockey Talk "The Blues will get a big lift to their lineup in Game 2 with the return of T.J. Oshie. Oshie took warmups with the team and skated on a line with David Backes and Alex Steen, the Blues’ usual top line. Brenden Morrow was scratched to make room for him. Oshie has missed the past three games..." April 19
Chicago Tribune "Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville apologized Friday for an obscene gesture he made during the second overtime of the Hawks' 4-3 loss to the Blues in Game 1 of the playoffs on Thursday night. "I was definitely excited and disappointed at the call," Quenneville said. "I apologize for my..." April 18
From Hitchcock, Oshie is out for Game 2 unless he hears otherwise, but Bouwmeester, who did return for OT3 last night, will play Saturday.
The NHL is looking into the gesture made by #Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville during last night's loss to the Blues. No action taken yet.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Alex Steen scored 26 seconds into the third overtime as the Blues beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 in a marathon Game 1 of the NHL Western Conference quarterfinals Thursday at Scottrade Center. David Backes and Steve Ott assisted on the play, as Ott centered the puck to a crashing Steen. He..." April 18
CBSSports.com "The St. Louis Blues will open their series on Thursday night at home against the defending champs -- a second straight postseason they've had that distinction -- but won't be doing so with their full lineup. There was some growing hope that T.J. Oshie would be available to play against the..." April 17
This 1st round has the makings to be the best 1st round in the salary cap era, all 16 teams are strong, skilled and determined with no team having a huge edge over the other. If you enjoyed the regular season, let us remind you, you ain't seen nothing yet. April 16
Pro Hockey Talk "A year after losing out on the No. 1 pick, the Florida Panthers flipped the script. Florida won the 2014 NHL Draft Lottery on Tuesday night, edging out Buffalo for top spot despite the Sabres holding superior odds for the first overall pick. Last year, the Panthers were on the other end of this..." April 16
Pro Hockey Talk "With their seasons now complete, non-playoff teams can start looking forward to one of the biggest dates on their offseason calendars — the annual draft lottery. This year’s lottery will take place tomorrow (Tuesday, Apr. 15), determining the order of the first 13 picks of the ’14 Draft, which..." April 15
CBSSports.com "With the Stanley Cup Playoffs set to begin Wednesday, Bovada revealed their odds for the postseason. The Boston Bruins, winner of the Presidents' Trophy as the NHL's regular-season champ and last year's Stanley Cup runner up, is the favorite to claim the top prize at the end of the..." April 14
Detroit News "Well, that was an impressive way for the Red Wings to end the regular season. Facing a quality opponent in need of a victory, the Red Wings were able to rest several key players, yet had enough on hand to defeat the slumping St. Louis Blues 3-0. The victory gave the Red Wings a 39-28-15..." April 14
Pro Hockey Talk "The injuries just keep piling up for the St. Louis Blues. As do the losses. On Friday against the Dallas Stars, Blues’ forward Patrik Berglund left the game in the third period with what Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch described as a possible shoulder/collarbone..." April 12
CBSSports.com "Minnesota Wild forward Mike Rupp has been suspended four games by the NHL's department of player safety for an illegal head check on St. Louis Blues forward T.J. Oshie Thursday night. The suspension will carry into the playoffs as the Wild have just one regular-season game remaining. It was a..." April 12
Fort Worth Star-Telegram "For the first time in six years, the Stanley Cup Playoffs will return to Dallas. With a 3-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Friday at the American Airlines Center, the Stars clinched the final playoff spot, the second wild-card berth, over Phoenix. As the Stars celebrated in the locker..." April 12
St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Where to start? The Blues fell 4-2 to the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night, extending their losing streak to a season-high four games. Goaltender Ryan Miller was chased after allowing four goals on 13 shots. And already playing without captain David Backes due to injury, the Blues lost..." April 11
Oshie will not play tonight. #stlblues
Hitchcock said Rattie has been recalled and will play in a top-six role and on the power play. Sobotka, Roy & Morrow are out with injuries.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch "As it turns out, T.J. Oshie wasn't the only Blues player lost to injury Thursday in Minnesota. Brenden Morrow was hurt in practice. Morrow suffered a foot injury in the team's morning skate, but the severity wasn't discovered until after he took pre-game warm-ups 30 minutes before the Blues..." April 11
Hockey Wilderness "In a game straight out of Bizarro land, the Wild beat the St. Louis Blues 4-2 tonight. It was the first win for the Wild in a match against the Blues in 10 games. Kyle Brodziak scored not one, but two goals. In the opponents net, and with an actual goalie in said net. An OLYMPIC goalie even...." April 11
Pro Hockey Talk "Mired in one of their worst slumps of the year, the Blues received some tough news on Thursday as captain David Backes was ruled out of tonight’s game against Minnesota with an injured foot. The Blues are reeling lately — 5-5-0 in their last 10, losers of three straight — and have seen their..." April 10
Denver Post "Our online story from Tuesday’s morning skate at Rexall Place looks at Avalanche coach Patrick Roy going with Jean-Sebastien Giguere against the Oilers and the status of injured forwards P.A. Parenteau and Cody McLeod. You don’t have to click there to know Roy is using the same lineup from..." April 09
CSN Washington "How it happened: Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin played one of their best games of the season, combining for three goals, and Braden Holtby turned aside 28 of 29 shots to keep the Capitals’ miniscule playoff hopes alive. What it means: If the Columbus Blue Jackets win Wednesday night in..." April 09
Hitchcock says Alex Steen will play tonight #stlblues
Edmonton Journal "I don’t see Derek Roy having more than a one-year shelf life with the St. Louis Blues after they’ve started to scratch him. He’s scored one point in his last 16 games. They can use his $4-million salary to help defray the costs of signing goalie Ryan Miller to what’s likely going to be a..." April 07
CSN Chicago "The mantra has been in place for the past three games: keep it simple, work for everything, crash the net, score any way you can on one end, give up as little as possible at the other. The Chicago Blackhawks knew the formula necessary to win despite missing several key players. On Sunday, they..." April 07
Denver Post "The Avalanche won its 50th game of the season Saturday in crushing the Western Conference-leading St. Louis Blues 4-0 on their home ice. The Blues were plenty frustrated by it, too, and got a pound of flesh at the end when Blues forward David Backes jumped on top of Avs star rookie Nathan..." April 06
NHL.com "St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has recalled goaltender Niklas Lundstrom from AIK of the Swedish Hockey League (SweHL). Lundstrom, 21, has appeared in 26 games in the Swedish League this season, including stints with AIK..." April 05
Steen will NOT play Sunday vs. #blackhawks.
USA Today "Two of the top Jack Adams Award candidates will be facing each other this afternoon when the Colorado Avalanche visit the St. Louis Blues. We handicap our favorites to win coach of the year: 1. Patrick Roy (Colorado) The Avalanche were the Western Conference’s worst team last season, and..." April 05
CBSSports.com "Over the last month, T.J. Oshie has become a star. His shootout performance for Team USA in the thrilling victory over Russia in front of a large American television audience turned him into an overnight sensation. Meanwhile, he is earning his newfound status in the NHL, to, with a career year in..." April 05
Jackman (l body) will return to the lineup Sat. Steen (u body) will not play Sat. and is likely out Sunday as well, per Hitch. #stlblues
St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Blues defeated the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 in front of 16,146 at Scottrade Center on Thursday, becoming the winningest regular-season team in the 46-year history of the franchise. The victory also pulled the Blues even in points with Boston atop the NHL standings. They have played one less game..." April 04
NHL.com "The St. Louis Blues and Buffalo Sabres will each be dealing with new lineups Thursday when they face each other at Scottrade Center. The Blues, already without forward Vladimir Tarasenko (thumb), will be missing forward Alexander Steen and defenseman Barret Jackman. Each has been ruled out for..." April 03
St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Blues matched the franchise record for victories in a season Tuesday night at Scottrade Center, and they did so in style. In one of the most exciting games of the season, the Note beat the visiting Philadelphia Flyers 1-0 in a shootout before 18,647. After 65 minutes of a scoreless..." April 02
Dallas Morning News "In their pursuit of a playoff spot, the Stars are probably going to have a few extraordinary nights. Saturday was one of those. The Stars got two goals from rookie forward Colton Sceviour, received a stand-up performance from goalie Kari Lehtonen on the second night of a back-to-back and..." March 30