How did this happen btw? I didn't even realize an injury was on the horizon. And, this sounds like the kind of thing that would have been noticed during a game. Did he break it? He didn't punch something and get a boxer's fracture, did he?
No one seems to know for sure: http://www.stltoday.com/sports/hockey/p ... a4f5f.html
The Blues have lost forward Vladimir Tarasenko for at least six weeks with a right-hand injury, the team confirmed late Sunday afternoon. Tarasenko will undergo surgery Wednesday and be re-evaluated after the six-week period.
He will be out for the rest of the remainder of the regular season and it appears the team would have to go deep into the playoffs for Tarasenko to have a chance to return.He sustained the injury late in Saturday’s 4-1 victory at Nashville. There was no indication the forward had hurt his hand seriously during the game. He scored a goal in the second period and did not miss a shift, playing over 15 minutes.
His injury comes with playoffs on the horizon and just 15 games remaining in the regular season. The 46-14-7 Blues lead the entire NHL with 99 points as they prepare to face the Winnipeg Jets tonight at Scottrade Center.
Tarasenko, 22, was putting the finishing touches on a terrific second season with the Blues. After being picked to play for host Russia in the Winter Olympics hockey competition, Tarasenko has points in seven of his last eight games, with three goals and five assists.
His goal in Nashville was his 21st of the season, and his 43rd point. During that same stretch, the Blues have collected points in eight consecutive games, winning seven of the eight.
The lefthanded-shooting Tarasenko also had his rookie season in 2012-13 impacted by an injury. After being hurt in a game at Colorado, Tarasenko missed 10 games with concussion symptoms. He scored just two goals in 21 games after returning.
Late on Sunday, the Blues recalled 20-year old forward forward Dmitrij Jaskin from the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League. The 6-foot-3, 204-pound Jaskin has 15 goals, 14 assists and is a plus-7 in 42 games for the Wolves. Jaskin has played in nine games this season for the parent team. He has one goal, one assist and is even in the plus-minus category.