St. Louis Blues star forward Vladimir Tarasenko is about to miss a whole lot of time this year. The newly minted Stanley Cup Champion went down with a shoulder injury in a 5-2 win against the Los Angeles Kings last week.
Tarasenko if you can remember was an intricate part of the Blues Stanley Cup run. He had a real remarkable playoffs in the 2019 campaign. Vladimir was one of the top Blues players and really came into his own during the run.
In the 26 games played during last years Stanley Cup Playoffs he recorded 11 goals and 6 assists for 17 points. That was just what he needed also because in the first 10 games this year he was on average a point per game player. Tarasenko’s 3 goals and 7 assists this year were great considering the Blues have been playing with a Stanley Cup hangover.
Tarasenko’s injury is definitely going to leave a whole in the roster that will have to be filled by a younger player. However Ivan Barbashev said, “We have a lot of players that are not playing right now that are ready to jump in. We’ve got really good players, so it’s all good.”
Tarasenko is scheduled for surgery on Tuesday and will be looking to have his shoulder reevaluated in 5 months. We will see how this will affect the Blues moving forward. The St. Louis Blues are sitting at 3rd place in the Central Division with a record of 6-3-3 and 15 points.
The St. Louis Blues look to turn around some of this misfortune on Wednesday when they host the Minnesota Wild. Game time for this event is at 8:00 p.m. Eastern and can be viewed on NBCSN.