Jay Bouwmeester D STL 17 Days

Bouwmeester (groin) attempted no shots and finished with a minus-3 rating over his 20:59 of ice time in his return to action Thursday against the Islanders.

Bouwmeester didn't have his finest outing in his return from an eight-game absence, but the Blues appear happy to have him back on their top defensive pairing with Alex Pietrangelo. Though he's healthy, there's no guarantee Bouwmeester will reemerge as a productive fantasy defenseman, as he's produced just two points in 21 games this season.

Jay Bouwmeester D STL 18 Days

Bouwmeester (groin) has been activated from injured reserve and will play Thursday against the Islanders, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports.

Bouwmeester missed the previous eight games due to the groin concern, spelling an end to his streak of 737 consecutive regular-season games played. He looks healthy after practicing Wednesday and taking part in Thursday's optional skate, allowing him to rejoin Alex Pietrangelo on the top pairing. Prior to suffering the injury, Bouwmeester had been in the midst of a dismal season, compiling only two points in 20 games.

Jay Bouwmeester D STL 19 Days

Bouwmeester (groin) rejoined the Blues for practice Wednesday, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports.

Bouwmeester manned his usual spot on the top pairing next to Alex Pietrangelo, suggesting that he could be in line for a return to the lineup Thursday versus the Islanders. The blueliner previously appeared close to a return last week before enduring a setback, however, so until he's formally activated from injured reserve, it will be difficult to reliably count him in for Thursday's game.

Jay Bouwmeester D STL 20 Days

Coach Ken Hitchcock said he hopes to have Bouwmeester (groin) at practice Wednesday, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Bouwmeester was able to skate on his own prior to Monday's optional session, but he still seems like a long shot to return from an eight-game absence Thursday versus the Islanders. He'll probably need to practice with the team for back-to-back days before Hitchcock feels comfortable using him in games.

Jay Bouwmeester D STL 24 Days

Bouwmeester (groin) will remain out Saturday against the Islanders, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Bouwmeester will miss his seventh straight game. He looked to be closing in on a return a few days ago when he resumed practicing with the team, but that may no longer be the case.

Jay Bouwmeester D STL 25 Days

Bouwmeester (groin) will not play Thursday against the Predators, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports.

There was a chance that Bouwmeester might heal up in time to play Thursday, but he wasn't on the ice for pregame warmups, thereby ruling him out from a return. He'll sit for the sixth straight game.

Jay Bouwmeester D STL 26 Days

Bouwmeester has been ruled out from returning Wednesday against the Blackhawks, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Bouwmeester, who coach Ken Hitchcock confirmed was dealing with a groin injury, remained limited to riding a stationary bike during the Blues' morning skate. The blueliner was a partial participant in Tuesday's practice, but could still need some more conditioning work before he draws back into the lineup. His status could be revisited in advance of Thursday's match with the Predators.

Jay Bouwmeester D STL 27 Days

Bouwmeester (lower body) will be a game-time decision for Wednesday's game against the Blackhawks, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Bouwmeester likely would have been in the clear for Wednesday's game had he made it through Tuesday's practice, but he was forced to leave the session early, so a final call on his status for Wednesday's game will not come until game day.

Jay Bouwmeester D STL 28 Days

Bouwmeester (lower body) practiced without restriction Monday, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.

The Blues reassigned blueliner Petteri Lindbohm to AHL Chicago on Monday, so it appears Bouwmeester will be activated off of IR and return to the lineup against the Blackhawks on Wednesday.

Jay Bouwmeester D STL 30 Days

The Blues placed Bouwmeester (lower body) on injured reserve Saturday, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

The Blues needed to call up a player, and Bouwmeester was already ruled out for the weekend, so they decided to place him on injured reserve. Bouwmeester has already been sidelined for a week, so he could be activated as soon as next week if he is healthy enough to play.