He had his cast removed yesterday and claims to feel good.
Tarasenko had his cast removed yesterday. He says his hand feels good and he’s ready to play, but needs clearance from doctors. #stlblues
— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) April 15, 2014
Then during today’s practice, Tarasenko played on one of St. Louis’ power play units, further indicating his level of readiness is higher than we though over the weekend. After all, why would Ken Hitchcock use up a spot on the PP during practice if he didn’t intend on having that particular group together for Game One?
Tarasenko on the power play; further evidence he’s ready to play. #stlblues
— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) April 16, 2014
Jeremy Rutherford wasn’t alone in his observations either.
Tarasenko doesn’t look like a player that will be scratched tomorrow. Stay tuned for official word. #stlblues
— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) April 16, 2014
Apologies for the string of texts, but this is everything we know about Tarasenko’s injury at this time. We knew that today’s practice would be a revealing one, and getting Tarasenko back in time for Game One would be a big, unforeseen boost. Again, he had a cast on yesterday and hadn’t been taking part in many shooting drills.
Even if he’s not available for the opening contest, the odds seem good that he’ll be able to play in one of the first two games. That’s speculation on our part, but the evidence is piled pretty high at this juncture. We’ll let you know as soon as there’s definitive word on Tarasenko.