Quite frankly, I blame Carlo Colaiacovo. When his dreams of playing left wing were shattered by the return of Jaden Schwartz to the line-up, he had to get back in there somehow. Is it a coincidence that Roman Polak was just placed on the IR by the Blues today?
Well, yeah, it probably is. But still, I blame Colaiacovo. From the Blues' press release:
Blues defenseman Roman Polak has been placed on injured reserve with a lower-body injury.
Polak played 15 minutes and 24 seconds in a 5-1 win against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night at Scottrade Center.
The Ostrava, Czech Republic native has played in 34 games for the Blues this season, registering three goals, four assists and a plus-7 rating. He also has received 24 penalty minutes.
The Blues are without forwards David Backes (upper-body), Vladimir Sobotka (upper-body), Ryan Reaves (hand) and defenseman Jordan Leopold (hand).
That last sentence is the one that kills the most. I would consider the guys who are out to be five of the Blues' most important players, and four of them are pretty sandpaper rough, which is how the Blues play their game.
Jeremy Rutherford's reporting that Polak'll be out for two weeks or so. No word on who, if anyone, the Blues will call-up from the Chicago Wolves, but since there're no current plans for anything, it looks like Cola's in tonight against the Oilers.