Blues' Berglund cautious about return

Patrik Berglund has missed the first two games of the St. Louis Blues' series against the Chicago...

Patrik Berglund has missed the first two games of the St. Louis Blues' series against the Chicago Blackhawks. (QMI Agency)

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:19 PM ET

T.J. Oshie joined the fun for the St. Louis Blues in Game 2.

Will centre Patrik Berglund be joining the Blues opening-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks when it resumes Monday in the Windy City?

Berglund, who has been on the sidelines due to an undisclosed upper-body injury, continues to push to get back into the lineup.

Considering that top-line centre David Backes could miss Game 3, and maybe more, it would be a perfect time for Berglund to return, but he didn't sound optimistic.

"It gets better and better, it feels better and better too. It's obviously good news, so hopefully I'll be back soon," Berglund said after participating in Sunday's practice in St. Louis.

Berglund, who had 14 goals and 32 points in 78 games this year, missed the regular-season finale and the first two games of the best-of-seven series.

"I told the boys yesterday, I can't take this anymore. Hopefully, I will heal fast and be able to help them on the ice," he said.

Then again, a couple of overtime wins make things easier.

"It's been really tough on my heart to watch this," Berglund said. "It's nothing like playing and watching. I've never been this happy to see a team score a goal. The big goals, it's a great feeling and hopefully I can come back and help out and be a part of the celebration on the ice."

Oshie's return to the lineup from injury in the second game of the series took Brenden Morrow out of the lineup, although Blues coach Ken Hitchcock wouldn't divulge whether Morrow was injured or a healthy scratch.

Nor would he say who would replace Backes if the Blues captain can't play.

"I'm not commenting on guys in the lineup, who's in, who's out. As I've said before, we expect before this series is over," Hitchcock said.


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