St. Louis Blues' Matt D'Agostini, left, collides with Edmonton Oilers' Ryan Smyth during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, in St. Louis. The Blues won 4-3. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
St. Louis Blues right wing Matt D'Agostini celebrates his goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings in Detroit, Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) By Carlos Osorio
St. Louis Blues right wing Matt D'Agostini (36) scores a goal against the Washington Capitals during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) By Nick Wass
St. Louis Blues' Matt D'Agostini (36) handles the puck in front of Calgary Flames' Lee Stempniak (22) in the first period of an NHL hockey game on Friday, Nov. 25, 2011, in St. Louis.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam
(HockeyStL) -- Matt D'Agostini left early on in Tuesday night's game against Ottawa after taking several hits in the first period. D'Agostini did not return to the game and as of right now, no one is aware of how serious the injury is.
D'Agostini's injury comes at a bad time as the Blues are already without several forwards, but it appears that both McDonald and Arnott are close to being back in the lineup.
To compensate for the lack of forwards, the Blues have called up Evgeny Grachev who has NHL experience with the club
According to Andy Strickland, the injury to D'Agostini does not appear to be too serious, but it is believed to be a head injury that is causing him discomfort.
The Blues have been waiting all year for a healthy squad, but injuries are a reality in any contact sport, and the Blues will just have to find a way to overcome them.
As of right now the Blues are missing forwards Andy McDonald, Alex Steen, and Jason Arnott who are out with their respective injuries.
More info on the Matt D'Agostini injury is sure to come in the near future, but for the time being Evgeny Grachev will fill in for him