St. Louis Blues’ Paul Stastny Ruled Out with Lower-Body Injury


The St. Louis Blues announced earlier today that center Paul Stastny has returned to St. Louis after suffering a lower-body injury in Friday night’s win against the Vancouver Canucks. He will miss the rest of this road trip and his status will be updated after Tuesday night’s game at Montreal.

Stastny has totaled five points in the first five games this season (one goal, four assists). His injury occurred during the second period in last night’s 4-3 victory over Vancouver. The Blues are off to a 4-1-0 start (8 points) in their first five games this season, but have already lost some key players due to injuries, including Robby Fabbri and Kevin Shattenkirk.

For the moment, this will be a big challenge for the Blues to finish off this road trip after losing a key contributor in the productive top line of Alexander Steen, Paul Stastny, and Vladimir Tarasenko. Expect Scott Gomez to take Stastny’s spot in the lineup. Meanwhile, defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk will also miss the final two games of this road trip, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch‘s Jeremy Rutherford.

The Blues will be back in action tomorrow afternoon against the Jets in Winnipeg in an early Central Division showdown. Both Winnipeg and St. Louis are off to 4-1-0 starts.

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