McDonald to Return Friday
The Blues really have no excuse but to come out blazing on Friday at home against Edmonton. Fresh off an extended break thanks to the All-Star Game and a snowstorm that depending where you live was a big headache or a big disappointment, the Blues now have received word that Andy McDonald will be playing Friday night. As a result of his activation, Phil McRae has been sent down to Peoria.Desperately in need of a win and two points, McDonald's return comes none too soon. The center was off to a solid start this season prior to his setback with a concussion, scoring eight goals and nine assists in 25 games. He was a fixture on the team's power-play unit and has been one of the most reliable offensive weapons on the team's roster for the past couple seasons, despite plaguing injury issues. McDonald's return is just another step in the right direction as the Blues slowly return their cast of characters from opening night. The Blues have featured plenty of makeshift lineups composed of more Peoria Rivermen than actual NHL skaters and McDonald will bring not only offense to the lineup but needed experience. Sitting idle since January 26th, a crushing 4-1 loss in Calgary, the Blues need a fast start Friday to keep any hope of making the playoffs alive. January was a month we'd all like to forget seeing as the Blues only squeaked out two wins in 12 attempts. February brings renewed hope and new opportunities to amend the mistakes from last month.