ST. LOUIS -- Vladimir Sobotka will make his return to the lineup for the St. Louis Blues tonight after missing 12 games over the past six weeks with a broken kneecap.
"I feel good," Sobotka said following the morning skate Thursday. "I've been skating hard for the last four days and I feel pretty good. So I'm ready to play tonight."
The 26-year-old center last played Jan. 31 in a loss at Carolina. He missed the final four games before the Olympics -- he was chosen to represent the Czech Republic but was unable to participate -- and the eight contests since the Games. The Blues went 8-2-2 during his absence.
"It's been six weeks," Sobotka said. "I'm kind of over the Olympics. It was just bad timing, but right now we're first team in the league and I'm looking to play hard for this team."
Sobotka, who was paired with T.J. Oshie and Vladimir Tarasenko at the morning skate, said he will be trying to keep things simple tonight against the Edmonton Oilers at the Scottrade Center.