But after Dan Boyle took a nasty hit and left the game on a stretcher Tuesday, his teammates have been crossing their fingers that their top defenceman is going to be OK.
Head coach Todd McLellan chatted with hosts Rob Pizzo and Kelly Hrudey on Hockey Night in Canada Radio on SiriusXM Wednesday about Boyle's condition after being hit by Blues forward Max Lapierre in a 6-2 win at St. Louis.
"Fortunately for Dan, he spent the night in hospital and was there for observation. He's feeling a little better today."
McLellan also explained how he kept the team focused after the incident.
"You could feel the energy in the building and the energy on both benches and then all of a sudden the injury happens and it gets quiet, almost an eerie feeling. You really don't know which way it's going to go from there," McLellan said.
"But I thought our group did a good job in responding to the hit and with the power play after. That's the best response we can have with scoring two goals. Then after that we talked about finishing the night off for Dan."
Listen to the full audio interview above as McLellan also discussed the varying advice Tomas Hertl received after the rookie scored a flashy, between-the-legs goal last week.Suggest a correction