Jordan Leopold left today’s contest between the St. Louis Blues and Winnipeg Jets with a lower-body injury, and it’s being reported that the defenseman will not be available for the rest of the game. The 33-year-old took an awkward spill behind the Winnipeg net while pinching in on a play.
He was met by a (clean) Zach Bogosian check and crumbled for a moment while in obvious pain, but was able to skate off under his own power.
Leopold (lower-body injury) will not return. #stlblues
— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) February 8, 2014
Here’s a video of the play in question.
Leopold just snapped a 22-game goaless drought, but head coach Ken Hitchcock typically roles him out in a strictly defensive role for the Blues. The 10-year veteran has had a rough season, and recently missed two months of playing time with a hand injury.
Jordan Leopold is out with a lower-body injury and will not return. Previously, he missed almost two months due to a hand ailment. #stlblues
— Bradford Bruns (@GameofBruns) February 8, 2014
It’s unclear at this juncture how long St. Louis expects Leopold to be out with this lower-body injury, but it appears that the Olympic break will be arriving at a good time for him. He’ll have several weeks to recover from this new aliment, and will hopefully be back and ready to go once the Blues resume play following the Olympic break.
Leopold has been averaging more than 15 minutes a night for St. Louis, and functions as an important member of the blue line. His absence for an extended period of time could force the Blues to acquire a little more defensive help at the trade deadline.