St. Louis---Donald Brashear, who battled Matt Carkner twice in the 2-0 loss to Ottawa and didn't practice Friday,  has tightness in his hamstring and is day-to-day, he said after the optional skate here at ScottTrade Center.

                 "Once it's warmed up it's okay," said Brashear, who had played in six consecutive games and said the injury had nothing to do with the bouts. "It's something I had in the past, we just want to make sure I don't carry it around." He skated after the optional with Ales Kotalik and assistant coaches Mike Sullivan and Jim Schoenfeld and planned on an off-ice workout, also. Brashear, who was been sidelined by hand and rib issues for nine other games this season, said he was disappointed because he felt his play and that of the fourth line "was starting to go well,"  and that the injuries "were just little things."

                  So, Aaron Voros, who has played just two games in the past 18, will skate on the fourth line. He was pretty happy after the skate, partially because Sean Avery was pitching Voros' twitter account to reporters, including a Czech TV crew and MSG's Sam Rosen. "Someone in the NHL---Brendan Shanahan---was telling me to start," said Voros. "I won't be tweeting on game days."

                 Said Avery: "He needs to get the word out. But he's not tweeting after morning skates."

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                 To which Voros responded: "He just wants more pub for seanavery.com"

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                 Every player except D Michal Rozsival skated, and he said that he would dress tonight. "I'm fine. It was optional," he reminded.