Helm skates for first time in nine days; Mursak in, Eaves out

Darren Helm (back) skated for the first time in nine days in St. Louis.

“I glided for a good half-hour, pushed off strongly a few times,” Helm said afterwards. “It didn’t hurt at all skating. I guess we’ll see what happens this afternoon and tomorrow morning. Hopefully it feels as good as it did today and keep moving in the right direction.”

Helm is on short-term injured reserve.

Patrick Eaves will not be in the lineup, instead Jan Mursak will replace Todd Bertuzzi.

“I’d like to be in, if I could,” Eaves said. “It’s coaches’ decision and I respect that. I’m ready to go.”

Eaves hasn’t played since he was hit in the head going down to block on shot on Nov. 26, 2011 against Nashville. Along with experiencing concussion-like symptoms he suffered a broken jaw.

He was just cleared Thursday to resume playing.

“There’s a ton of games and not a lot of time this year,” Eaves said. “There’s going to be a lot of guys in and out of the lineup. We’re going to need everybody to pull their weight this year. I’m ready whenever that opportunity presents itself.”

Eaves added that he would would not have been ready to play had the season started on time.

“The game is the next big test,” Eaves said.

Jabkub Kindl (groin) also skated, but will not play tonight.

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