St. Louis Blues Vladimir Tarasenko Out With Upper-Body Injury

Vladimir Tarasenko

The St. Louis Blues will be without the services of Vladimir Tarasenko, who did not finish Thursday night’s game after leaving with an upper-body injury. The Blues announced the forward will miss the club’s upcoming two-game road trip. Tarasenko will be re-evaluated on Monday.

Vladimir Tarasenko Injured

During Thursday night’s game against the Los Angeles Kings, Tarasenko left the game with an injury. It is unclear how the injury occurred, it appears Tarasenko got injured after Kings defenceman Sean Walker knocked him off the puck on a breakaway attempt. Tarasenko tried to muscle Walker off the puck as they come together. After contact was made he skated straight to the bench and did not return.

From the looks of it, Tarasenko was grabbing at his left shoulder. Tarasenko has a history of shoulder problems. Recall that he dislocated his left shoulder in Game 2 of 2019 Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins. Not to mention Tarasenko had surgery to repair a dislocation on that same shoulder following the 2017-18 season. Tarasenko was on a five-game point streak and through 10 games he has three goals and seven assists.

Moving Forward

After Tarasenko left the game, David Perron bumped up to the first line playing alongside Brayden Schenn and Jaden Schwartz. With the way that combination looked against the Kings, the Blues will want to use them going forward. On the power play, Colton Parayko will take Tarasenko’s spot running the power play from the point.

Already without left winger Sammy Blais with a hand injury, the defending Stanley Cup Champions can’t afford to lose one of their leading scorers to be out of the lineup for a long period of time. If Tarasenko is out long-term the Blues will hope that Schenn continues his scoring ways. Schenn is the leading scorer and is making the Blues look good after signing his eight-year extension.

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