HAZELWOOD, Mo. -- Blues forward Alexander Steen, out with an upper-body injury since Nov. 15 against Buffalo, took the first big step towards getting back into action after missing the past six games.
Steen, who was checked into the offensive zone corner boards by Sabres defenseman Josh Gorges, has skated off and on with Blues teammates for almost two weeks now, but on Tuesday at the Ice Zone inside St. Louis Outlet Mall, Steen was a full-time participant for the first time.
"I don't know, I'd say day by day," Steen said when asked when he'd be ready. "It's nice to get out with the guys today and skate around, be a part of practice. That was a big positive today.
"I think it was a little more complicated than I thought it was going to be when it first happened, but I'm starting to feel a little bit better. I feel like I'm starting to turn that last little corner. Hopefully soon."
Steen has two goals and 10 points in 17 games this season.
"Today was the first time he joined us as a full-time player, full-time practice player so it was a good sign," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said of Alexander Steen . "This was hopefully the final step before he's cleared to play and we'll see how long that lasts."
The Blues (13-7-3) have won five of six since Steen's departure.
"Yeah very," Steen said when asked how impressed he is of the team play. "The team has played tremendously. I think our goaltending has been superb and our fourth line has played unbelievable, like last night drawing two penalties. I feel like they're pushing the momentum up the ice and moving pucks in to the o-zone and changing at the right times to create momentum for the whole team. I like Bobo's game right now (Bortuzzo). He's been playing very well since he stepped back in. There's a lot of big positives."
Steen is questionable for the Blues' next game Thursday in the third of a five-game homestand against the Tampa Bay Lightning.