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Blues Update Their COVID List

Blues Update Their Covid List
Photo By David Carson

As players are returning to their teams after the holiday break, the St. Louis Blues update their Covid list as positive tests start to come in. The team announced Sunday as players came back that they had four players test positive. Robert Bortuzzo, Dakota Joshua, and James Neal tested positive on December 26th, while Ivan Barbashev tested positive on December 23rd. They join Oskar Sundqvist on the teams Covid list. Oskar has been out since December 18th.

With the Winter Classic fast approaching, the Blues will be without these 4 players. Oskar will be eligible to rejoin the club come the 28th, just in time to participate in the major outdoor game in Minneapolis. Barbashev has been part of the explosive Russian line for the Blues. His play will certainly be missed as they look to restart play. He has tallied 11 goals and 25 points so far this season. Fortunately the team has proven so far this season that they are resilient and have depth.

Dakota and James have combined for 3 goals and 5 assists. Though their stats aren’t superb, they have been instrumental in maintaining the team’s solid play. The team has yet announced the players they expect to call up or use to fill these holes.

Outside of their Covid list that grew, the team still has a handful of notables on injured reserve. David Perron’s availability is yet to be updated. He returned to practice with the team back on the 9th of December but was unavailable before the pause. His head injury back on November 26th has kept him from playing. The Blues are also awaiting an update on Ville Husso, Brayden Schenn, Robert Thomas, and Klim Kostin.

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