The Blues have been banged up significantly this season. The most recent spate of injuries began on January 26th, when Mark Stone went high on Tyler Bozak, concussing him and knocking him onto the IR with an upper body injury. The list hasn’t gotten better. Scandella went down with an upper body injury on February 2nd during the Blues’ first game against Arizona; Robert Thomas broke his thumb the following game on February 4th. Sammy Blais went down the game after that, and Jaden Schwartz was cut down with a lower body injury on February 12th’s game against the Coyotes. Most recently, Torey Krug left Monday’s loss early with an upper body injury.
The injuries have necessitated some creativity in line combos and taxi squad management, and have been, to say the least, concerning to Blues fans. Coach Craig Berube offered an update today to the media after practice that was reported by the Blues, Jeremy Rutherford, and Lou Korac on Twitter.
The good news: Krug and Scandella were skating today and should be in on Thursday night. Parayko took a maintenance day for a nagging injury, but Sammy Blais was on the ice, so he may be back Thursday night or the following night.
Schwartz is currently still day-to-day, so it may be a bit before we see his return. There doesn’t seem to be a concrete timetable there, so it’s truly a play it by ear situation. Bozak, however, is a concrete no for the foreseeable future. Berube stated that he’s a “ways away,” which isn’t the best of signs. Stone’s hit did some apparent damage. If the NHL isn’t going to discipline hits like Stone’s, don’t be surprised if someone on the Blues doesn’t have March 12th circled on their calendar.
My understanding is Mark Stone will not face any supplemental discipline from Player Safety for this hit on Tyler Bozak.— David Schoen (@DavidSchoenLVRJ) January 27, 2021
Bozak was listed questionable after the game. #VegasBorn #stlblues https://t.co/PCVdEb2Fck