Nick Leddy will be back in action with the St. Louis Blues when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday at Enterprise Center (8 p.m. ET; BSMW, BSSUN, ESPN+, SN NOW).
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The defender, who has 11 assists in 39 games this season, has missed the last four with an upper-body injury. He took part in pre-game morning practice on Thursday but did not play in the 4-1 loss to the Calgary Flames in the evening. He took part in a full session on Friday and was paired with Justin Faulk.
The Blues have demoted defenseman Dmitri Samorukov to the Springfield Thunderbirds of the American Hockey League.
Head coach Craig Berube mentioned that the striker Vladimir Tarasenko skated solo before practice on Friday.
Tarasenko, who has 29 points (10 goals, 19 assists) in 34 games this season, has missed the last six games after injuring his right hand Dec. 31 in a 5-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild . He should be reassessed in four weeks.