The Blues dealt with injury trouble early this season, but the latest string of injuries St. Louis has been hit with is almost unbelievable. Over their past two games, the Blues have now lost five players from their regular lineup.
St. Louis lost starting goaltender Jake Allen, center Paul Stastny and defenseman Jay Bouwmeester in Friday’s game against the Anaheim Ducks and headed into Saturday’s game with all three on the sideline. Before Saturday evening’s tilt with the Los Angeles Kings was through, the Blues were down two more players as defenseman Carl Gunnarsson and winger Magnus Paajarvi.
Gunnarsson, 29, played just 4:52 in the first frame and was limited to 1:20 in the second period on one shift. With more than 18 minutes remaining in the period, Gunnarsson headed to the dressing room and he did not return to the game.
As for Paajarvi, his injury came in the third period when he was crunched into the boards by Kings defenseman Brayden McNabb.
McNabb was given a major penalty for charging on the play and booted from the game, and Paajarvi was knocked out of the game.
The Blues didn’t offer updates on either Gunnarsson or Paajarvi, but said their statuses, like those of Allen, Stastny and Bouwmeester, would be updated Monday as St. Louis returns home from a three-game road trip.
Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, however, reported that Bouwmeester could be out indefinitely as he is believed to have undergone concussion protocol. Rutherford added that Allen could possibly be out “a couple of weeks” with a knee injury. The Blues recalled goaltender Jordan Binnington from the AHL to replace Allen while he’s on the shelf, and Brian Elliot started Saturday night.