Vladimir Tarasenko injured his right hand during the Blues' victory over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night. It's unclear when or how he suffered the injury, but he'll need surgery to repair it and will be reevaluated in six weeks. Based on the proposed timeline and assuming (and hoping) everything goes according to plan, the Blues won't have their Russian forward for the playoffs unless they make a deep run.
Talk about depressing news for your Sunday. Tarasenko has been a dynamic weapon for the Blues and has added a bit of spark offensively when the Blues have needed it. The team is often criticized for not having a true "goal scorer" by definition, but Tarasenko has filled that void with an incredible amount of individual skill.
It's possible he'll return for some of the playoffs, but the Blues should plan on being without him. Even if he is 100% in six weeks, it's doubtful he'll be able to jump straight into the playoff atmosphere. Odds are this is the end of Tarasenko's season and it's a difficult pill to swallow. The Blues have some depth and they've already called on Dmitrij Jaskin on an emergency basis. It's doubtful Jaskin will play a role other than being an emergency backup, but the Blues still have plenty of other options they can deploy.
Tarasenko will be missed, but that's what depth is all about. On Saturday the Blues were able to sit Derek Roy in an effort to rest him some before the playoffs. That sort of luxury of being able to rest guys may be over with Tarasenko sidelined, but it shows that the Blues should have enough options to overcome this setback.