Rookie Vladimir Tarasenko was listed on the St. Louis Blues injured reserve on Friday after suffering a hit to the head in Wednesday’s 1-0 overtime loss against the Colorado Avalanche. Tarasenko was hit by Avalanche forward Mark Olver in the third period. Tarasenko was able to skate off the ice, but was taken to a hospital in Denver immediately after the hit.
Luckily Tarasenko was able to travel with the team back to St. Louis, but then, shortly after, was placed on the IR.
After the St. Louis Blues practive on Friday, Coach Ken Hitchcock said that Tarasenko had suffered a severe laceration on his left cheek and was complaining of a headache on Friday. According to Hitchcock,
He’s got a pretty severe facial laceration (and) some form of concussion. We really don’t know yet … the severity of it. He didn’t have a headache (Thursday), but he did have a headache (Friday). We’ll see in the next 48 hours how much better he gets.
Considering the quality of play that Tarasenko has exhibited, six goals and six assists including five points in his first two games, it is safe to say that the St. Louis Blues are not going to rush Tarasenko back into the lineup. At the very least Tarasenko would be eligible to play on Thursday night against the Blackhawks, but don’t be surprised if he is out of the lineup.
The St. Louis Post Dispatch’s Jeremy Rutherford has a great article on Tarasenko’s situation up on STLToday.com. I suggest you all check it out for more information.
Tarasenko is scheduled to undergo further tests today and early this week so stay tuned for updates.
In the meantime, the Blues have recalled forward Chris Porter from Peoria.
Let’s hope that Tarasenko has a quick and safe return, and, as always, LET’S GO BLUES!