Kevin Shattenkirk D STL 4 days ago

Coach Ken Hitchcock confirmed after Friday's practice that Shattenkirk (abdominal surgery) will return to the lineup Saturday against the Blue Jackets. The Blues have officially activated him from injured reserve.

The Blues cushioned the loss of Shattenkirk a bit by acquiring Zbynek Michalek and Robert Bortuzzo at the trade deadline, but they'll welcome the All-Star's return with open arms for the stretch run. Prior to going down with the injury, Shattenkirk ranked among the league scoring leaders from the blue line, producing eight goals and 40 points in 49 games. Expect Shattenkirk to see his usual 20-plus minutes of ice time in his first game since Feb. 1.

Kevin Shattenkirk D STL 4 days ago

Shattenkirk (abdominal surgery) practiced fully Friday and said he's "ready to go" for Saturday's game against the Blue Jackets, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Shattenkirk skated on the Blues' third defensive pairing next to Barret Jackman and slotted in on the power play, both of which would seemingly suggest he'll return to the lineup for the first time since Feb. 1. The All-Star blueliner, who accumulated eight goals and 40 points in 49 games prior to requiring surgery, still remains listed on the team's injured reserve list, but figures to be formally activated following Saturday's morning skate.

Kevin Shattenkirk D STL 6 days ago

Shattenkirk (abdomen) is expected to return to the lineup Saturday against the Blue Jackets, Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Coach Ken Hitchcock had suggested over the last couple of days that Shattenkirk was close to a return, and Wednesday's demotion of blueliner Petteri Lindbohm would seemingly verify as much. Shattenkirk's All-Star season was interrupted by abdominal surgery in early February, but after he was able to practice with the team the last few days and work out on the power-play unit Tuesday, the Blues believe he'll be ready to go. With eight goals, 40 points, and a plus-18 rating over his 49 games prior to suffering the injury, Shattenkirk should be automatically plugged back into fantasy lineups once his return is confirmed by the team.

Kevin Shattenkirk D STL 1 week ago

Shattenkirk (abdominal surgery) took part in the Blues' morning skate Tuesday, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports.

Coach Ken Hitchcock relayed after the skate that Shattenkirk's return should be "pretty quick," though he didn't offer a much more precise timetable beyond that. Shattenkirk saw some involvement during power-play drills with the team Tuesday, but probably need a few more contact sessions with the Blues before being activated from IR. His impending return will provide a huge boost to the team's defensive ranks before the playoffs begin.

Kevin Shattenkirk D STL 2 weeks ago

Shattenkirk (abdominal surgery) will not return to the Blues' lineup during their three-game road trip beginning Saturday in Minnesota, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Shattenkirk is still progressing from his injury and was able to take part in battle drills during Friday's practice session, but the Blues' medical staff likely wants him to get a few more workouts in before he's cleared to play. The blueliner hasn't played since Feb. 1, but still ranks in the top 20 in the NHL in defenseman scoring with 40 points.

Kevin Shattenkirk D STL 3 weeks ago

Shattenkirk (abdominal surgery) took to the ice with his teammates during Tuesday's morning session, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports.

Shattenkirk won't play in Tuesday's game against the Jets, but his participation in line rushes during practice seemingly represents another positive step for the blueliner in his recovery. The Blues are still listing Shattenkirk as week-to-week, however, as he still needs further time to strengthen his groin and get his conditioning up to par. The Blues don't have a target date for Shattenkirk's return, but his recent activity suggests a late-March activation from IR might be a reasonable expectation.

Kevin Shattenkirk D STL 4 weeks ago

Shattenkirk (abdomen) skated on his own after Friday's practice, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Shattenkirk isn't expected to return until the second half of March, so his presence on the ice shouldn't be viewed as a sign that his activation is on the horizon. Even so, it does qualify as progress for the blueliner, who ranked among the league leaders at his position with 40 points in 49 games before requiring abdominal surgery in February. He might be able to start practicing with the rest of the team at some point next week.

Kevin Shattenkirk D STL 1 month ago

Shattenkirk (abdomen) is considered unlikely to return until late March, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

The Blues previously didn't provide a clear timetable for Shattenkirk's return, but a late-March date at least gives his fantasy owners some idea of when to expect him back. Shattenkirk resumed skating earlier this week, but isn't expected to take full contact in the near future.

Kevin Shattenkirk D STL 1 month ago

Shattenkirk (abdomen) has resumed skating after undergoing abdominal surgery three weeks ago, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Coach Ken Hitchcock also reported that Shattenkirk was skating well and received positive updates from the team's training staff. There's still no timetable for a return to game action though, so Shattenkirk could still be out for the team's next few contests.

Kevin Shattenkirk D STL 2 months ago

Shattenkirk (abdominal surgery) was placed on injured reserve Thursday.

With two games remaining on their road trip, it seems likely that the Blues may want to have a roster spot open to recall an extra blueliner as insurance. With Shattenkirk expected to miss multiple weeks following surgery, he was the logical candidate to head to IR to open up a roster spot.