One night after losing left wing Keith Tkachuk for at least a
month, the Blues return home to take on the Flyers in an
Tkachuk fractured a knuckle on his right hand in Friday's 5-1
loss to Chicago. Since returning from a groin injury that
sidelined him for more than a month, Tkachuk had recorded a
point in seven straight games, including a goal in each of the
last five contests.
Tkachuk, who has eight goals and seven assists in 10 games, is
expected to miss four to six weeks. It is another major blow
for the Blues, who also are without defensemen Matt Walker and
Christian Backman and center Petr Cajanek - all of whom are on
St. Louis, which is last in the league with 16 points, received
its only goal Friday from Dean McAmmond. The Blues, who went
0-for-7 with the man advantage, also lost rookie goaltender
Curtis Sanford to a hip flexor in the second period.
Goaltender Robert Esche returned from a groin injury earlier
this week but apparently aggravated it in Thursday's 5-4 loss to
Vancouver. Rookie centers Mike Richards and Jeff Carter also
left the game with injuries.
Michal Handzus and Sami Kapanen each had a goal and an assist
for Philadelphia, which has won five of its last six vs. St.
Louis, including a 7-2 win on December 30, 2003 in the lone
meeting of the 2003-04 campaign.