Steen headed to injured reserve with shoulder injury
ST. LOUIS, MO - FEBRUARY 7: Pavel Datsyuk #13 of the Detroit Red Wings poke checks Alexander Steen #20 of the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center on February 7, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) By Dilip Vishwanat
By Scott Bierman
GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 28: Keith Yandle #3 of the Phoenix Coyotes hits Alex Steen #20 of the St. Louis Blues on February 28, 2009 at the Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) By Bruce Bennett
(HockeyStL) -- The Blues announced on Saturday that forward Alex Steen is headed to injured reserve with a shoulder injury. Steen was initially considered day-to-day with the injury, and briefly skated on Thursday, though he did not play.
Steen’s shoulder has been nagging him all season, according to Jeremy Rutherford of the Post-Dispatch. The shoulder was re-aggravated when Steen fell on it during a practice drill on Tuesday.
Rutherford also reported that Steen is not expected to travel with the team on their upcoming five-game road trip, meaning that Steen’s injury is much more significant than originally expected. It also means he will need some time to heal from the injury. The full extent of the injury isn’t known at this point.
Through 18 games this season, Steen is the Blues’ leading point-scorer with 16 points (four goals, 12 assists). Kevin Shattenkirk is now tied with Steen in points after his goal in Friday’s game against the Oilers.
Steen has already missed two games this season. He now joins Vladimir Tarasenko (concussion), Andy McDonald (knee), and Jamie Langenbrunner (hip) on injured reserve.