At this rate, injuries might bring an abrupt halt to the St. Louis Blues’ early season momentum.
With Kevin Shattenkirk (lower body), Robby Fabbri (concussion), and Patrik Berglund (shoulder) already on the sidelines, St. Louis forward Paul Stastny was hurt while blocking a shot on Friday. The Blues revealed this afternoon that Stastny sustained a lower-body injury and has returned to St. Louis.
His departure from the team means that he will at very least miss Sunday’s game in Winnipeg and Tuesday’s contest in Montreal. His injury might keep him on the sidelines for longer than that, but the Blues aren’t expected to provide further updates until after their game against the Canadiens.
In addition to this being yet another a blow to the Blues as they try to build off of their 4-1-0 start, it’s also particularly unfortunate timing for Stastny. He had gotten off to a great start with a goal and four assists while playing primarily with Alexander Steen and Vladimir Tarasenko. He enjoyed a similarly hot start last season until he suffered a shoulder injury in mid-October that forced him to miss a couple weeks. After that, he wasn’t nearly as productive.
He just has to hope that this isn’t history repeating itself.