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Brayden Schenn out with upper body injury

How will this impact the Blues’ chances of continuing their winning streak?

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The Blues have had to deal with injuries this season. Carl Gunnarsson has missed large chunks of the year. David Perron has been out fo a month with an upper body injury. Now you can add Brayden Schenn to that list.

Schenn will miss tonight’s game with an upper body injury as well, according to the Post-Dispatch. He has played the entire Blues’ winning streak on the top line with Ryan O’Reilly and Vladimir Tarasenko. Schenn has 11 goals and 25 assists on the season, with two goals and 11 assists coming during the Blues’ winning streak.

Craig Berube has had to tweak the lines for tonight - Jaden Schwartz, who is finally out of his scoring funk, is moving up to Schenn’s spot. Rob Thomas is also moving up a line, and Robby Fabbri gets back into the mix in Thomas’ fourth line spot.

This is more concerning than Alexander Steen’s two-game absence that previously allowed Fabbri back into the lineup. That didn’t involve any major shifts to lines, let alone a tweak to the top scoring unit. The intensity of the injury is unknown now, so it’s unsure if this is a one game maintenance thing or if Schenn could be out through this weekend.

The Blues should have enough confidence built up from this streak that Schenn’s absence shouldn’t be catastrophic, but it would be disappointing for the Blues to break the streak tonight against a Dallas team who is just six points behind them.