The St. Louis Blues feel they can reach the playoffs for the first time in three seasons, but they hope the injury problems that derailed them in 2010-11 aren't already recurring.
One week after forward B.J. Crombeen suffered a broken left shoulder blade in the preseason finale, St. Louis opens its season Saturday night against a Nashville Predators team looking to snap a lengthy scoreless stretch at the Scottrade Center.
The Blues opened 9-1-2 in 2010-11, but injuries to centers T.J. Oshie and Andy McDonald along with left wing David Perron sidetracked a season that ended 38-33-11. St. Louis finished fourth in the Central Division for the second straight time and missed the playoffs for the fifth time in six seasons.
Crombeen, who had seven goals and seven assists last season, is out indefinitely after getting hurt last Saturday. There is no timetable for the return of Perron, who missed the final 72 games last season due to a concussion suffered on a hit by San Jose's Joe Thorn...