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Vladimir Tarasenko Could Be Ready For Game One (Evidence)

The good news continues to pile on for the St. Louis Blues. Vladimir Tarasenko hasn’t definitely been cleared to play in Game One between the St. Louis Blues and the Chicago Blackhawks, but there’s mounting evidence that suggests the talented Russian forward could be ready to go in time for the series opener.

He had his cast removed yesterday and claims to feel good.

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?

Jeremy Rutherford wasn’t alone in his observations either.

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.

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