David Perron and the Blues announced today that Perron will return Saturday against the Blackhawks.
David Perron has missed the last 97 games with symptoms from a concussion he was dealt on November 4th of last year. Perron has been the most asked about Blues player for the past year, and the questions about his injury should subside with this announcement, and fans can finally start focusing on his play.
Perron adds greatly to the Blues offense with his sniping ability, and his playmaking. Perron is expected to play on a line with Berglund and Stewart who have both been in a bit of a rut lately. Hopefully Perron can help the 2nd line start producing.
Obviously (and as he has admitted) Perron will be hesitant when it comes to getting into the "dirty areas" of the ice, as he wants to be cautious his first few games back. It is a given that he will be nervous, but I have no doubt that he will begin producing soon after he returns.
Perron was a key part of the Blues offense before he went down last year, and there is no reason as to why he can't return to that status. Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said Perron is a top 6 forward and there will be no hesitation to put him into that role.
Perron looked very comfortable in practice, and felt it was his time to return, and while I believe he's 100%, I am still nervous and will be, every time he takes a hit.
Perron has some of the sickest hands in hockey, and has great potential so his return is huge for the Blues offense and I expect great things from him as he makes his return Saturday against the rival Blackhawks.
- Halak will get the start in goal after playing an "average" game against the Capitals on Tuesday.
- Sobotka will return to the lineup after missing the last 2 games with a fracture in his upper-gum.
- Pietrangelo will play tonight after missing the last game with the flu.
- Stewart and Shattenkirk will return for the first time to Colorado since being traded last season.