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PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 4:54 pm 
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Vladimir Tarasenko was enjoying a hot streak for the streaking St. Louis Blues, but his ascent is now placed on pause thanks to hand surgery. The team announced that he’ll undergo a procedure on his right hand and that he’ll be re-evaluated in six weeks.

Which means that the 22-year-old will miss at least six weeks, so Tarasenko updates might be something to watch once playoff time comes along.

That’s assuming that his rehab goes well, of course, as this could also be an issue that sidelines him for the playoffs. His regular season is already over barring a (hockey player-like) recovery.

Heating up since New Year’s

It’s a shame for a young player who was really coming into his own for the Blues. He hit the 21-goal mark for the first time in his career, totaling 43 points in 64 games with the sort of plus/minus (+20) that likely leaves Ken Hitchcock happy.

Tarasenko has been especially effective lately, as he had a five-game point streak going, including on Saturday (when he was injured against the Nashville Predators). Stretching back to March 2, he scored nine points in eight games and only failed to collect either a goal or an assist once in that span. He’s been especially effective since the calendar rolled over to 2014, really, as he has 22 points in his last 25 games.

The Blues score by committee They have four players with 21+ goals including Tarasenko, and T.J. Oshie is three tallies away from joining that group, but this loss still stings.

The team recalled forward Dmitrij Jaskin, who may get a chance to play as Oshie will skip Monday’s game to spend time with his newborn bay.

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This sucks. Gut punch, no doubt. But I'm trying to remain positive and here's why.

1) The Jaskin call up. No, he's not Senko, but he's not a bad option. I'd like to see him in more of an offensive role. Typically in his recent call ups, he's marooned on the 4th line. And I get that we've got a decent set of forwards, but it would be nice to see Hitch loosen the reins on him and let him use his skill to do what's got him here.

2) The old 'it's like making a trade' cliche. Hockey players are notorious for fighting to get back in the lineup ASAP. If we're still playing when Senko gets healthy, it will be like (enter eye roll) 'making a trade without giving anyone up.' It will be a huge boost, no doubt.

3) It's not like we don't have a decent, solid group of forwards. Berglund is playing well right now. Steen, Osh, Backes are the stalwarts. Schwartz is right there. Morrow and Roy can chip in from time to time.

If lose anyone else from that group? Well, it will be tough to swallow. But I think this will give guys like Paajarvi and Jaskin a little bit more room to work.

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I think we have enough depth to get us through until he's ready to come back. My opinion on it all, from what I've seen, is that Tarasenko is going to work really hard to get healthy and back on the ice, it's in his blood. It's just a matter of time. We're still #1 and rocking, these guys aren't going to let one man down stop the momentum.

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ugh, this really sucks. BUT, we are deep enough to sustain an injury. Hopefully Jaskin busts out.

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?

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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.

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Well that's craptastic. Here's to a speedy recovery.

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Hope he's back by playoffs.

If not, I hope Jaskin does a decent job of filling those shoes.

Maybe Magnus will get some more ice time too?


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I think paarjvjai or whatever is worthless, so not expecting much there.

Jaskin on the top six is better than sticking him on the 4th line, but hitch has little history of trusting young guys. Regardless, it's a chance for him to get some time in the bigs.

This hurts, but it's not a killer.

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Hopefully were still playing when he gets back.

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not_a_wings_fan wrote:
I think paarjvjai or whatever is worthless, so not expecting much there.

Jaskin on the top six is better than sticking him on the 4th line, but hitch has little history of trusting young guys. Regardless, it's a chance for him to get some time in the bigs.

This hurts, but it's not a killer.


Really? I've actually thought he's played fairly well of late.

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Paaj just needs some seasoning. He plays hard, he is fairly hockey smart and he's still learning the system. There are far worse players we can call up from Chicago and I think Paaj is going to turn the corner really, really soon. Playing from the Oilers might have hurt his development and he's trying to catch up. I see too many pluses in him to discount the guy just yet.

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Yeah, I don't understand where the Paajarvi sentiment comes from. Dude plays hard, is visibly playing his heart out, and has chipped in a couple goals in his limited 4th line minutes. I think he's got a lot of upside, and this is great opportunity for him to show it.

Def a bummer, and definitely a huge let down for us Rooskie Blues fans, but I think we can win without him.

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You know how those recovery timeframes go- they say six weeks, I'm sure he will be pushing hard to come back in five. Hope so...

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1:24 into the video he goes into the wall awkwardly behind the net, takes a while to get up, could be where it happened late in the third.

Also this fred murtz guy on YouTube is great if you missed the game or want to look at highlights.

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Not to make the thread about Paajarvi, but add me to the list who thinks he plays his balls off. Plus, he's got a hard shot. He's just been marooned on the 4th line most of the time, but the flashes of potential are there. I'm not saying he's as good as Senko, but given more room to work in Hitch's system, I think we'll see him grow.

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Not to make the thread about Paajarvi, but add me to the list who thinks he plays his balls off. Plus, he's got a hard shot. He's just been marooned on the 4th line most of the time, but the flashes of potential are there. I'm not saying he's as good as Senko, but given more room to work in Hitch's system, I think we'll see him grow.

The kid has some serious speed and a sick shot. A good combination in hockey.

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Morrow and Roy are going to have to step up. Paajarvi is day-to-day with an upper body injury.

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You know how those recovery timeframes go- they say six weeks, I'm sure he will be pushing hard to come back in five. Hope so...


My biggest concern is when he'll be in game shape. It can't be easy to miss 6 weeks and come back in the 2nd/3rd round of the playoffs.

BTW, have they said what the injury is yet? All I've heard is hand surgery. I'm guessing it's a bad break that needs to be re-set?

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Other guys need to step it up a notch. It's that simple. Injuries happen. It sucks but there's enough character and skill on this team to fill the void.

Jaskin and Pajaarvi, it's time to play hockey like men. Bergs needs to keep his new found game going, Roy needs to kick it up a notch and everyone else can step it up some if they want to as well. Who knows, maybe this is a good thing in a way. A little adversity can shake you up and this can make the team even better in the end.

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