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Alex Steen Injury: Blues Place Forward On IR

In what is absolutely no surprise, the Blues have placed their leading scorer on the injured reserve.

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This really is par for the course, no? Alex Steen takes a little while to get going, catches fire, and then breaks. Last Tuesday the Blues' leading scorer hurt himself in the same drill that Andy McDonald hurt himself in. At first, the team thought it was just a shoulder injury, and wasn't that big of a deal.

Never mind.

From the Blues' official press release:

The Blues announced Saturday that forward Alex Steen has been placed on injured reserve. Steen was injured in a team practice drill on Tuesday at the Ice Zone at St. Louis Outlet Mall. The team announced recently that he is suffering from an upper body injury.

Through 18 games this season, Steen has posted 4 goals and 12 assists. At the time of his injury, he led the Blues with 16 points.

Steen joins Andy McDonald (knee), Vladimir Tarasenko (concussion) and Jamie Langenbrunner (hip) on injured reserve. Forwards Chris Porter, Andrew Murray and Adam Cracknell have recently been recalled from Peoria.

If the Blues play like they did for most of the game last night, this five game road-trip might not be a huge problem. IF they play like they did on Thursday night against the Chicago Blackhawks, then the walking wounded routine won't get them many points. We're more than likely going to see the same line-up tomorrow against the Dallas Stars, so hopefully the team will re-create a little bit of the magic they had last night.