Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Steen Has Hand Injury; Blues Win in OT

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Steen Has Hand Injury; Blues Win in OT

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The Blues' preseason has taken on an ominous tone. Before the team even took the ice Wednesday for its second preseason game, a 3-2 overtime win over Columbus at the new, improved and substantially brighter Scottrade Center, before camp was even a week old, the Blues were down three players.

The third shoe to drop came Wednesday morning when the team learned that forward Alexander Steen would miss three weeks with a left hand injury that happened when he was hit by a Dallas player's stick in Tuesday night's preseason opener. Steen stayed in the game after the slash he was on the ice for Dallas' empty-net goal with 1:44 to play but knew it was bad.

He joined Jay Bouwmeester (fractured ankle) and Zack Sanford (dislocated shoulder) on the injured list in the past six days, and that injury toll doesn't include Patrik Berglund, who hurt his shoulder during a summer workout.

"It's been a tough first week here in that regard," Blues coach Mike Yeo said. "Tough injury for sure, but we'll move forward."

While Sanford will miss most of the season, Steen, like Bouwmeester, is expected to miss just the first week of the season. Just as Bouwmeester's injury means someone from the quintet of Vince Dunn, Jake Walman, Jordan Schmaltz, Petteri Lindbohm and Nate Prosser will make the team (and Yeo threw in Chris Butler's name as well Wednesday), Steen's injury means there would be an open spot for a forward on the opening day roster.

To that end, Yeo sent Samuel Blais back out on the ice Wednesday for the Blues' first home preseason game. Blais and Dunn were the only players to get ice time in both of the team's first two preseason games. Dunn played on the left side on a pairing with Colton Parayko, in what had been Bouwmeester's spot, while Blais was the right wing on a line with Brayden Schenn and Jaden Schwartz on the left.

Blais didn't score, but his line played well and he once again got a positive review from Yeo.

"Blazer had a big improvement," Yeo said. …

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