The losses are piling up in St. Louis. And so are the injuries.
Before hitting the road, the Blues added key forwards Vladimir Tarasenko (hand) and Ryan O’Reilly (foot) to an injury list that also includes forward Logan Brown and defensemen Torey Krug, Marco Scandella and Scott Perunovich.
“Injuries are what they are,” coach Craig Berube said. “And like I said, you’re giving other people opportunities, and they gotta welcome that challenge and continue to step up and do the job.”
Following Saturday night’s game against Montreal, the Blues added defensemen Nick Leddy and Robert Bortuzzo to their injury list Saturday. Leddy sat out against the Canadiens, giving Steven Santini his first chance of the season, then Bortuzzo was hurt in the first period of the game and did not return.
Santini arrived from Springfield of the AHL earlier in the week.
“He’s played for us before,” Berube said. “He defends, and a competitive guy. I think that’s his best attribute. He’s gonna be simple with the puck. But he’s gonna give you everything he’s got every shift.”
The Blues also recalled Tyler Tucker from the AHL, so he could start against the Wild if neither Leddy nor Bortuzzo can play.
It’s been nothing short of a disappointing season so far for St. Louis, who have struggled to find any consistency, and are reeling following yet another tough loss, this time a 5-4 heartbreaker against the Montreal Canadiens. Not having their star players healthy have put them in an early rut that they can only hope they can bounce back from.