Schwartz set to return from broken ankle for Blues

Mark Scheifele scored in the fourth round of the shootout to give the Winnipeg Jets a 2-1 victory against the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday.

ST. LOUIS — Starving for offence, the St. Louis Blues are about to get one of their top skill players back.

Jaden Schwartz was activated from injured reserve on Wednesday and is expected to be in the lineup on Friday.

The 23-year-old Schwartz has missed 49 games since fracturing his left ankle during practice on Oct. 23. He has four assists and a plus-4 rating in seven games.

Coach Ken Hitchcock cautions not to expect instant results. He says for now Schwartz will only be used in even-strength situations.

Schwartz had 28 goals and 63 points last season.

The Blues were seventh overall in the standings but have been held to one or none goals in five of their last six games. They lost 2-1 in a shootout to Winnipeg on Tuesday night.