(HockeySTL) -- Blues forward Chris Porter appears to be facing a lengthy absence after leaving Monday’s game against the Avalanche in the second period with a lower-body injury.
Porter, who became tangled up with Avalanche defenseman Nick Holden, fell awkwardly into the boards. He was unable to put any pressure on his left leg as he was helped off the ice and to the team’s locker room.
Following the game, Porter was seen using crutches. He did not talk to the media.
The injury, which was specified only as an issue with Porter’s “lower leg” is expected to sideline the forward for at least six weeks.
“We will evaluate him in six weeks, see where he is at,” Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock said. “It’s a tough injury.”
Porter had recently received a promotion to play with Jori Lehtera and Vladimir Tarasenko. He had been praised by Hitchcock in recent days.
“Really unfortunate,” Hitchcock said. “He was playing really well for us.”
The Blues will likely place Porter on injured reserve in the coming days. The timetable of the injury suggests that it may be a broken bone, but that was not confirmed by the team.
The club is hopeful that Jaden Schwartz (broken foot) will be able to return in the near future. Last week, Hitchcock suggested that Schwartz could skate in the coming days.
“Hopefully we will get some help in the not-too-distant future from Schwartz,” Hitchcock said. “We will see what Doug wants to do here.”
With Porter injured, the Blues have 12 forwards eligible to play. Earlier on Monday, the Blues placed forward Magnus Paajarvi on IR ahead of the possible returns of a couple of injured players. Paajarvi will have to clear waivers before the Blues could utilize him.