The St. Louis Blues could get a big boost to their offense for Saturday night’s game against the Edmonton Oilers, as T.J. Oshie is expected to return from a rib injury that has sidelined him for the past three games. If anything, Oshie’s injury came at a fortunate time for the Blues, who have a three-day break between games. After winning three straight games with rookie goaltender Jake Allen, the Blues lost Tuesday’s game against the Vancouver Canucks by a 3-2 score.
Oshie broke out for the Blues last season with 19 goals and 54 points, helping the team reach the second round of the playoffs. This season, he had five goals and 17 points before being sidelined. Oshie leads the Blues in both special teams scoring categories, with 10 power play points and two shorthanded points. He had a lot to do with the success of a Blues power play unit that ranks fourth in the league but has struggled in his absence.
The Blues will also give Jaroslav Halak the start in net on Saturday, and hope he start to turn the corner after a less than stellar start to the season. Allen has an 8-2-0 record with a 2.26 goals-against average, so there isn’t much room for error on Halak’s part. Oshie’s return would have the Blues back to full strength, as Vladimir Tarasenko, Alex Steen and Andy McDonald have all returned to action in the past two weeks. The Blues currently sit second in the Central Division and fifth in the Western Conference, where they trail the Los Angeles Kings by two points.