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Vladimir Tarasenko injury: Star forward won’t travel to Boston, Detroit

The Blues will be without a key player early this season.

Los Angeles Kings v St Louis Blues Photo by Joe Puetz/NHLI via Getty Images

Two off-seasons ago Vladimir Tarasenko had surgery to repair a dislocated left shoulder. In game two of the Stanley Cup Final, the shoulder injury was aggravated, and it needed to be rehabbed over the summer.

Thursday night, Tarasenko left the game during the first period, and did not return. The Blues announced today that he will not be traveling with the team to their games in Boston on Saturday and and in Detroit on Sunday.

Blues fans wondered when he left the game last night if it was shoulder related. The team, of course, isn’t going to release that information past it being an “upper body injury.” Of course, fans added 2+2 and assumed that the injury is shoulder-related.

Tarasenko had a five game scoring streak snapped with his early exit from the Blues’ eventual 5-2 victory over the Kings. It’s disappointing that he won’t participate in the rematch of the Stanley Cup Final scheduled for Saturday night, but the Blues should be able to handle the road trip fine.