Brayden Schenn will be in the lineup when the St. Louis Blues visit the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night, marking a return to full health for a club that has been dealing with injuries and illnesses all season.
Schenn missed the Blues' last nine games with an upper-body injury originally suffered Oct. 30 against Chicago. He played two more games before being sent home from a road trip to start his recovery. The 30-year-old forward had six points (three goals, three assists) in the Blues' first nine games.
"He plays a hard game and does a lot of things for us, so we're excited to have him back," coach Craig Berube said.
The Blues got another injured player back last week. Forward Oskar Sundqvist was removed from long term injured reserve and made his season debut Nov. 16 after an eight-month rehabilitation from ACL reconstruction surgery. He quickly was installed as the center on what coach Craig Berube called his "identity line."
The Blues also have been dealing with COVID-19 absences as well, including captain Ryan O'Reilly, forward Brandon Saad, defenseman Niko Mikkola and backup goaltender Ville Husso. There were times when the Blues were perilously close to not having enough healthy bodies to fill a standard 20-player game-day lineup.
Schenn's return marks the first time this season the Blues have had no players sidelined by injury or illness.
"It's just more balance with Schenner back," Berube said. "Down the middle of the ice we're pretty strong, in my opinion. We have other guys that are playing wing that can play center, so it's a good position to be deep in."
"Our team got better today just by putting him in," Krug said.