Minnesota Wild forward Mike Rupp was ejected from last night’s game against the St. Louis Blues for a high hit on T.J. Oshie. The NHL apparently agreed with the on-site referees, as they’ve handed Rupp a four-game suspension for his dangerous headshot. Oshie was forced out of the contest and it’s unclear when he’ll be able to return.
— Andy Strickland (@andystrickland) April 11, 2014
The hit in question put Oshie down for several moments. He was able to skate off under his own power, but didn’t return for the third period of action. After the game head coach Ken Hitchcock said that the forward was day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
Blues list T.J. Oshie as ‘day-to-day’ for now http://t.co/aQeEsMjYI3
— Rotoworld Hockey (@Rotoworld_HK) April 11, 2014
He won’t suit up tonight against the Dallas Stars.
Oshie will not play tonight. #stlblues
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) April 11, 2014
Oshie joins Vladimir Tarasenko and David Backes on the sidelines as top-six forwards that might not be ready to go in time for the postseason. St. Louis had a lot of decent luck throughout the season with injuries and mostly managed to keep an intact roster, but the wheels have fallen off over the last week.
Tarasenko has been out since March, but the Blues lost Backes and Oshie in a succession on two games.