Fellow center Lehtera, recovering from flu, should be ready Thursday.
Rookie shared the lead in shots on goal Sunday with four.
He was replaced in Sunday's game by forward Magnus Paajarvi.
Short-handed team was flat as eight-day road trip ends on a sour note.
Sami Vatanen scored two power-play goals to lead Anaheim.
The recent action taken on Aaron Rome and his hit on Nathan Horton in the Stanley Cup Finals is just another reminder that the NHL disciplinary system is simply not working.
Rome, who lined Horton up and nailed him with a shoulder in his head, received a four-game suspension from the league. Horton will miss the remainder of the playoffs with a concussion.
"Two factors were considered in reaching this decision," said Mike Murphy, the NHL senior vice president of hockey operations. "The hit by Rome was clearly beyond what is acceptable in terms of how late it was delivered after Horton had released the puck and it caused a significant injury."
The suspension means that Rome will not be able to participate in the remainder of the series.
Rome was punished and will not be able to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup on the rink, if the Canucks can pull off a victory. That is a pretty big punishment for someone who has battled all season for that chance. But why do I still laugh at this penalty?
Let’s take a look at recent history of suspensions and fines.
Blues GM Doug Armstrong had an easy decision to make at season’s end.
The list of players becoming free-agents seems to be a mile long, but three players had to be a top-priority. Forwards Patrik Berglund and Vladimir Sobotka and defenseman Roman Polak were all key re-signings heading into the off-season. Armstrong wasted no time mulling over the three players’ futures with the organization.
On Tuesday morning, Armstrong announced that he had reached a deal with center Patrik Berglund that would keep him in St. Louis for another two years. The deal, reportedly, will pay the Swede $2.25 million in each of the next two seasons.
Armstrong was not finished there. Announced Thursday morning, the Blues reached an agreement with 25-year old defenseman Roman Polak, which will pay him $2.75 million in each of the next five seasons.
In addition, reports say that the Blues have reached an agreement with Czech forward Vladimir Sobotka, which will pay him $1.30 annually over the next three seasons. Reports say that the deal has reached a verbal agreement, but Sobotka is yet to sign the contract.
"Hello, dear fans ... I made a decision to stay with Sibir next year… I will try to bring you joy with my game. Thanks to all who supported me."
These are the words of Blues Russian prospect Vladimir Tarasenko, spoken sometime earlier this week. HC Sibir, Tarasenko’s current team in the KHL, posted a video on the front page of their website that featured Tarasenko telling his fans that he would return for the 2011-12 season. The video was posted in Russian and was translated by Yahoo hockey reporter Dmitry Chesnokov.
What does this spell for Blues fans? No Tarasenko for at least one more season.
Fire and brimstone, right? Time to raid Russia and take what is rightfully ours. Tarasenko is a liar to the St. Louis people!
Don’t jump to those conclusions yet. Tarasenko, the Blues’ 16th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, is still under contract for the coming season. He has every right to stay in Russia and play out his contract.
A recent discussion on the LetsGoBlues.com forums made me want to do a little investigating into recent Blues’ history. It’s quite staggering the information that I have received.
We all know of the recent trade that sent Eric Brewer to Tampa Bay. Brewer has gone on to be quite the success thus far in Tampa, scoring one goal and five assists and getting top-defenseman minutes throughout the playoffs. There is a reason for this; Brewer is just the latest successor in Blues’ transaction history involving the one and only Scott Stevens.
It’s true; Brewer is tied in with the Hall-of-Fame defenseman. Take a look at the line that Brewer has followed:
The NHL has their awards so why can’t the Blues have their own? Instead of competing with all 30 teams, the Blues will be battling within the organization to win these awards.
The names of these awards are named after past great Blues. Obviously, everyone cannot be named after Brett Hull and Bernie Federko, so bear with me.
Bernie Federko Trophy (most points) – David Backes (62)
Garry Unger Trophy (most goals scored) – David Backes (31)
Chris Pronger Award (best plus/minus) – David Backes (+32)
Brian Sutter Award (best coach) – Davis PayneThis really is a no-brainer… not because he was extraordinary, but because there is no other choice. Payne posted a 38-33-11 record as the Blues’ head coach this season, placing the Blues in eleventh place in the Western Conference. The positive? He had a very broken team all season that still showed up to compete most nights. When both David Perron and T.J. Oshie were both out of the lineup (including Andy McDonald, Roman Polak, Barret Jackman and others during the stretch), the Blues still posted a 12-15-4 record. While under .500, it is quite the feet when considering that the Blues became the St. Louis Rivermen for a short while.