Blues defenseman Joel Edmundson was also on the ice Friday at practice but is also out for Saturday.

Edmundson (upper-body injury) hasn't played since Nov. 6 when he was hurt in the first period against the Colorado Avalanche, missing the past eight games.

But Edmundson said Friday was as good as he's felt in a while.

"Today was the best day so far," Edmundson said. "I'm getting better every day, so that's all I can really ask for. Still a few days away, but I definite think I'm close. ... Today I felt really good. I wasn't really holding back at all. It bugged me a little bit, but you'll always have to play through injury. It's coming along good and I'm happy with where I'm at right now.

Edmundson said he's been skating for the past week and a half to two weeks.

"It's tough watching, but the guys are playing some good hockey and I've been through lots of injuries before," Edmundson said. "... I think I have a positive mindset, come to the rink and try to get better every day.

"We have six healthy d-men right now and they're all playing really good hockey. Honestly, there's no rush coming back. Might as well wait until I'm 100 percent."

Hitchcock said they'll get a better read sometime perhaps as early as next week.

"Eddy is participating," Hitchcock said. "... Eddy's not ready for tomorrow's game, but we're working on him and we'll see where he's at here later in the weekend here."