St. Louis Blues defenseman, Kevin Shattenkirk, has missed 1 game since his lower body injury. He suffered his injury against the Flames in the 3rd period of that win last Tuesday at Calgary.
According to The Score, Shatty will be left out of the last 2 games on the Blues current road trip. He missed Friday’s win against the Vancouver Canucks, and will not feature in Sunday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets or next week against the Montreal Canadiens.
The team is also without starting C, Paul Stastny, who has flown back to St. Louis to be evaluated. The St. Louis Blues then meet the New York Islanders in their first home game since the season opening win against the Edmonton Oilers.
The Blues will look to Colton Parayko to stay on the 2nd defensive pairing along with Carl Gunnarsson in Shattenkirk’s absence. It should also mean Robert Bortuzzo will have more time to impress in the defensive setup for the St. Louis Blues. Bortuzzo scored his 2nd career goal last night against the Canucks.
St. Louis Blues head coach, Ken Hitchcock, has made it clear his current injury is unrelated to the abdominal injury he dealt with in the 2014-2015 season. I discussed the impact Shatty’s absence will make in the defensive makeup for the St. Louis Blues in a piece for Bleedin’ Blue on Thursday.
Injuries are a part of all sports, and the NHL is absolutely no exception. This early in the season I’m not panicking too much as to the pileup of injuries. With Robby Fabbri out with a concussion, Paul Stastny and Kevin Shattenkirk banged up, it could cause for some concern as the Blues head into the 3rd week of the young season.
The Blues have only lost 1 game, and seem to be high flying, and quite the deep team. It’s smart to take every precaution with top players such as Stastny and Shattenkirk to allow them to feel completely healthy in order to be ready for the bulk of the season leading into the playoffs.
Both of those players will be crucial pieces to the Blues season and if they are to repeat as Central Division champions of the Western Conference, they’ll need both to be at their best.