Vladimir Tarasenko Injury: Forward To Have Hand Surgery, Out Six Weeks

Jeff Gross

The Blues' forward is having a career season cut short thanks to a nasty injury.

Vladimir Tarasenko may've scored a highlight reel goal last night, but it came with a price. Tarasenko injured his right hand at some point last night badly enough that he will have to have surgery on it. He'll be re-evaluated in six weeks, which means that Tarasenko will be out for the remainder of the season and probably the first round of the playoffs.

The Blues've recalled Dmitrij Jaskin to fill out the roster; if Ken Hitchcock continues his plan to let Brenden Morrow sit and rest, Jaskin could see some playing time.

This is going to be problematic for the Blues, seeing as how Tarasenko has 21 goals and 22 assists so far this season. He's a key piece of the team's offense; while they have enough firepower and puck posession know-how to finish up the year, missing a key component can throw teams for a loop during the postseason. Hopefully the Blues are prepared enough so that this year it doesn't matter. I'm not worried, but missing Tarasenko can't be classified as a good thing.

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