Vladimir Tarasenko will have surgery on his left shoulder Tuesday and be re-evaluated in five months.
The St. Louis Blues forward was injured in the first period of a 5-2 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Oct. 24 and has been placed on long-term injured reserve. He left with 6:01 remaining in the period after getting tangled with Kings defenseman Sean Walker on a partial breakaway.
“It’s tough,” forward Ryan O’Reilly said after the Blues’ 5-4 overtime win against the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday. “He’s a huge player for our team. It’s a tough loss and you can see tonight, it impacts us. We all have to be better for when we’re missing him.”
Tarasenko has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in 10 games. His 33 goals led the Blues in 2018-19 and he scored 11 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs to help St. Louis win the Stanley Cup for the first time in its 51-season history.
The Blues (6-3-3) have won three of four entering their next game, against the Minnesota Wild at Enterprise Center on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN). Tarasenko is one of five Blues players with at least 10 points. Brayden Schenn leads St. Louis with 13 points (nine goals, four assists), while forwards O’Reilly and David Perron each have 12, and Schwartz has 10.
“We’re going to need guys to keep stepping up and obviously it’s a great opportunity for young guys that will probably have better looks, better chances,” Perron said Sunday. “That’s what you crave for as a young guy, to have more ice time, better players to play with, things like that. We’re looking forward to see what’s going to happen and the guys that will step up in those roles.”