The St. Louis Blues have waited long enough. While it has been only a matter of days, it felt like the rest of the league has been going for two weeks before the Blues even get a peek.
However, the puck has not even dropped yet and there is already the possibility that St. Louis will be down a man. With the amount of injuries the Blues went through in 2021 in a shortened season, we were all looking forward to having a fresh start to a new year.
While the bulk of the team will be available, there is a possibility that David Perron will not suit up for the team’s first game of the season. Nobody knows what the reason is, but Perron took a “maintenance day” on the Friday before.
Perron is not an absolutely irreplaceable player, but it’s the overall idea. The Blues have the depth to absorb a missing Perron, but it would be better to not have that happen.
As of right now, there is no clear indication whether Perron is a definite no. Just the idea that the Blues are unable to even start a season with their prime roster is a bit disheartening though.
The confusing thing is how this even happened. Of course, the Blues are still practicing and you practice hard leading up to a season. But, overall, the Blues have been chilling out in Vail, Colorado.
Hockey is a physical game, so even during a practice, you can tweak muscles or bump joints out of place. You would just figure once camp is over and all the competitions are done that guys would be good to go for the season.
In the end, if Perron misses the opening game, it could be an opportunity presented earlier than we expected. Klim Kostin is a guy that needs to step up this season and getting a chance to play against Colorado would be just an opportunity to show what he can do.
Kostin was going to feature in the first handful of games. If he was to get that action against a top-notch opponent like the Colorado Avalanche, we could get a better idea of where he stands.
Still, you hold out hope that Perron will be able to go.
Perhaps missing Perron would even the playing field from a fan perspective. The Avalanche will be without two key players with Nathan McKinnon out for an injury and Gabriel Landeskog done due to a suspension. If St. Louis wins, some might argue it was only because Colorado didn’t have two top players. If the Blues are missing a key scorer, that argument is less valid.
Hopefully, by the time the puck drops, Perron is good to go. If not, the Blues are off to a rousing start and fans will be holding their breath the rest of the year. We’re all quite scarred with the amount of players on the injured list from last season.