Vladimir Tarasenko
Blues' Vladimir Tarasenko: Drought continues in Game 5
Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, STL
6:18 AM
News: Tarasenko was held off the score-sheet once again in Monday's Game 5 loss to the Sharks. He had one shot on goal in 18:44 of ice time.

After rolling up 13 points in the first two playoff series, when he averaged 3.5 shots per game, Tarasenko is the lone St. Louis forward without a point in the Western Conference Finals. Monday night was the second consecutive game he's gotten off one shot on net and he has a total of just 12 through five games. The Blues will need Tarasenko, a 40-goal scorer in the regular season, more than ever when they face elimination in Game 6 on Wednesday in San Jose.

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David Backes
Blues' David Backes: Returns from undisclosed injury
David Backes, C, STL
6:04 AM
News: Backed (undisclosed) returned to action in Monday's Game 5 against San Jose after he sat out the final two periods of Game 4. He had six hits, two blocked shots, two shots on goal and an assist in 16:32 of ice time in a 6-3 loss to the Sharks.

The playing time is off Backes' average during this postseason (18:37), but the Blues captain played his typical game, showing up in all three zones. Backes and the Blues head to San Jose, down three games to two, for Game 6 on Wednesday.

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Robby Fabbri
Blues' Robby Fabbri: Scores power-play goal in Game 5
Robby Fabbri, C, STL
5:58 AM
News: Fabbri (undisclosed) had 16:59 of ice time and scored a power-play goal in Monday night's 6-3 loss to the Sharks in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals.

Fabbri's status had been unclear up until game-time after playing less than 10 minutes in Game 4, but he received nearly three more minutes of ice time than he's been averaging during the postseason. The goal was the 20-year-old rookie's fourth of the playoffs and first in the Finals.

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Troy Brouwer
Blues' Troy Brouwer: Sinks goal worthy of highlight reel
Troy Brouwer, RW, STL
5/23/2016
News: Brouwer buried a goal in Monday's 6-3 loss to the Sharks for Game 5.

It was a spectacular goal from Brouwer, as he didn't even let the puck hit the ice on a rebound before blasting it against the twine. Brouwer now has eight goals in the playoffs, including three in the past two games. With the Blues now down 3-2 in the series with Game 6 scheduled for Wednesday, the team desperately needs Brouwer to stay hot offensively. Unfortunately, he's as streaky as they come, so be careful about how you use him in fantasy.

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Alexander Steen
Blues' Alexander Steen: Earns helper in Game 5 loss Monday
Alexander Steen, LW, STL
5/23/2016
News: Steen collected an assist in Game 5's 6-3 loss to the Sharks on Monday.

After a brief four-game absence from the scoresheet, Steen has recorded points in back-to-back games against the Sharks. He also spent a team-high 3:12 on the power play in this one, so it's clear head coach Ken Hitchcock believes in Steen as one of his top offensive generators. On the flip side, he's only managed a single shot on goal for six straight games after racking up 30 in the the previous 10, so perhaps Steen is playing through some type of issue that's impacting his game. Nonetheless, the 32-year-old has 10 points -- and a whopping 30 PIM -- in 19 playoff contests thus far.

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Chris Tierney
Sharks' Chris Tierney: Takes advantage of empty net
Chris Tierney, C, SJ
5/23/2016
News: Tierney deposited an empty-net goal Monday as the Sharks prevailed over the Blues, 6-3, in Game 5.

It was a nifty wraparound tally for the third-liner, who's now scored in back-to-back games. Tierney is lauded for his rigid work ethic and hockey smarts. He's seen his ice time climb over a full minute in the playoffs, but that bottom-six role still has him below 15 minutes per contest. A complementary player of sorts, Tierney has produced five points (four goals, one assist) to go along with a plus-5 rating this postseason. He's a low-end fantasy option.

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Alex Pietrangelo
Blues' Alex Pietrangelo: Garners assist in Game 5 loss
Alex Pietrangelo, D, STL
5/23/2016
News: Pietrangelo collected an assist in Monday's 6-3 loss to the Sharks in Game 5.

After being held off the scoresheet for seven straight, the big Canadian blueliner has grabbed points in back-to-back contests, giving him nine in 19 games this postseason. Pietrangelo is a major minute-muncher for the Blues, as his 27:41 was a game high Monday and he's averaged a whopping 28:52 in the playoffs, so even when he's not producing offensively, the 26-year-old is major cog in St. Louis' machine.

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Marc-Edouard Vlasic
Sharks' Marc-Edouard Vlasic: Grabs two points in Game 5 win
Marc-Edouard Vlasic, D, SJ
5/23/2016
News: Vlasic scored a goal and added an assist as the Sharks doubled up the Blues 6-3 in Game 5 on Monday.

The man they call "Pickles" got back on the scoresheet after being held pointless in his last four, and is now up to 10 in 17 games this postseason. Before the dry spell, Vlasic enjoyed a five-game point streak in Round 2 against Nashville, so he's been very much an important piece of the Sharks' blue line -- both offensively and defensively -- throughout the playoffs. Also, although offensive dynamo Brent Burns receives the bulk of the fanfare when it comes to San Jose's defense corps, Vlasic leads the team with a plus-12 rating and is a major stabilizing force in front of goaltender Martin Jones.

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Joel Ward
Sharks' Joel Ward: Bangs home two goals in Game 5
Joel Ward, RW, SJ
5/23/2016
News: Ward scored his third and fourth goals of the postseason in Monday's 6-3 win over the Blues in Game 5.

Ward was efficient in lighting the lamp twice in this one, as he received just 11:39 of ice time -- his lowest since way back on April 7 in the regular season. Despite the two goals, he's managed just three points in his last 11 games after a productive Round 1 against the Kings (four points in five games), so it'd be wise to temper your expectations if considering the 25-year-old for daily formats.

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Joe Thornton
Sharks' Joe Thornton: Earns three assists in Game 5 win
Joe Thornton, C, SJ
5/23/2016
News: Thornton dished out a trio of assists in Monday's 6-3 win over the Blues in Game 5.

After being held off the scoresheet in Games 1 and 2 against St. Louis, Jumbo Joe has piled up six apples in the last three contests. The 36-year-old has scored at exactly a point-per-game clip this postseason (17 in 17), and while it's hard to consider that type of production "secondary scoring", Thornton has provided a veteran, big-body presence behind leading scorers Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture. Also, only seven of his 17 points have come on the power play, showing just how effective he's been at even strength against L.A., Nashville and St. Louis.

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