St. Louis Blues activate Steen from injured reserve

Dec 19, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues left wing Alexander Steen (20) and Montreal Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty (67) battle for the puck during the first period at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced Friday the club has activated forward Alexander Steen from injured reserve. Steen will be in the lineup when the Blues host Anaheim on Saturday at 7 p.m.

“I think we’re going to play him as much as he can handle,” coach Ken Hitchcock said after Friday’s practice. “Hopefully he can get up to speed right away and play the minutes that he did before and contribute the way he did before because he was a huge impact player for us.”

Steen, 29, posted a career-high tying 24 goals and 38 points overall in 35 appearances this season before missing the last 11 games with a concussion he suffered against the Edmonton Oilers on Dec. 21. The 6-foot, 212-pound forward still shares fifth league-wide in goals, while his six game-winning goals are tied for third most.

Currently in his ninth NHL season and sixth with the Blues, Steen has totaled 341 points including 147 goals and 194 assists to go along with 248 penalty minutes in 572 career games.

Topics: Alexander Steen, St. Louis Blues

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