ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – St. Louis Blues fans should prepare to welcome forward Patrik Berglund back to the ice at Scottrade Center, for Wednesday night’s 8 p.m. game vs the Anaheim Ducks.
The center participated in a full practice for the second day in a row, Tuesday. And head coach Mike Yeo all but gave the official word that he’ll be back.
“He looked good,” Yeo says. “So we’ll re-evaluate in the morning but we feel pretty confident that he’s ready to go here. So we’ll make the decision tomorrow.”
Berglund has been out the entire season after injuring his left shoulder in the offseason. He wouldn’t guarantee his return, just saying “maybe” when asked if he’d be back.
“It’s not going to be easy, it’s not going to be perfect,” Berglund says. “So you’ve got to be a little patient too, to find your way back to game mode and to compete at that level.”
Berglund was practicing with the third line, centering Dmitrij Jaskin and Sammy Blais. The Blues would have 24 healthy roster players if Berglund returns tomorrow, meaning a player will likely be sent down to an AHL affiliate.
Berglund played in all 82 games and scored 23 goals last season, the most he’s netted in a single season. He was one of five Blues players (Robby Fabbri, Alex Steen, Zach Sanford and Jay Bouwmeester) to miss major time already this season.