After arriving in Buffalo Monday, a majority of the Blues didn't practice on their off day. As it turns out, several of them were asked to remain in their hotel rooms because they were battling flu symptoms.

On Tuesday morning, Chris Stewart missed the Blues' morning skate because of the bug, but he is expected to be in the lineup when the club faces Buffalo at 6 o'clock tonight.

"He is in the middle of what is kind of going through our room here — the flu bug," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. "But we're hopeful that he can play tonight. We asked him to stay back at the hotel. He said about (11 a.m. eastern time) that he'll he able to go, no problem."

If Stewart can't play, Adam Cracknell would replace him in the Blues' lineup. Cracknell skated with Derek Roy and Brenden Morrow Tuesday morning.

The remainder of the Blues experiencing flu symptoms, players whom Hitchcock did not name, made enough progress to be at the rink Tuesday morning and they will be in the lineup tonight.