St. Louis Blues’ Andy McDonald is a vital part of the team. During his time in St. Louis he has been practically a point-per-game player and his speed and intensity on the ice fit the team’s style of play. The problem with McDonald though is not his ability, style of play, or anything else concerning himself personally; his problem has to do with injuries.
Since being dealt to the St. Louis Blues in 2008, Andy McDonald has put up 214 points during the regular season while only appearing in 263 games for the club. In that time, he was only healthy for one season, and that was back in 2009-10. Despite McDonald’s persistent difficulties with concussions and other injuries, he has continued to be a leader for the club and is a vital piece of the St. Louis Blues success when he is in the lineup.
On Sunday night against the Minnesota Wild, Andy McDonald was forced to leave the game in the second period to have his knee examined by the St. Louis Blues’ doctors. The issue came after McDonald was clipped from behind and awkwardly fell into the boards. This was just days after getting stitches from a puck to the face during last week’s game against the Nashville Predators on Monday.
With the Blues having an incredible start to the season, the one main worry amongst fans is the threat of injury. Andy McDonald in particular is having a lot of success playing alongside Russian Rookie Vladimir Tarasenko and could be huge to the youngster’s achievements in the NHL. Andy Strickland noted that,
Several minutes went by in the second period without Vladimir Tarasenko seeing a shift. Tarasenko played only three-plus minutes in the middle period.
Today, Lou Korac tweeted that Andy McDonald had left the ice during practice with the St. Louis Blues’ trainer:
With St. Louis fans beginning to worry on Twitter and looking for answers online, there was no clear answer on why the veteran leader would have been leaving the ice. While many were worried it was an injury, it appears that Ken Hitchcock may have just been giving McDonald a rest and making sure that he is coping with the increased amount of play after the prolonged lockout. Korac followed up to his first tweet with the following:
It appears McDonald is OK and will be back in practice tomorrow. That is very good news for Blues fans and Tarasenko fans alike as the Blues will retake the ice again on Thursday night in Columbus against the new look Blue Jackets.
While the Columbus Blue Jackets are not off to the best start, they have shown that they are going to be a tough competitor this season and will prove a challenge for the St. Louis Blues offense. Let’s hope McDonald will be in the lineup and the Blues can pick up their sixth win of the year.
That is all for now, stay tuned for more about your St. Louis Blues. LET’S GO BLUES!