St. Louis Blues' Kris Russell, left, and New York Rangers' Derek Stepan collide while chasing a loose puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
(HockeyStL) -- The St. Louis Blues have placed defenseman Kris Russell on the injured reserve because of a groin injury he suffered against the Detroit Red Wings on December 27.
Russell was traded to the Blues in return for Nikita Nikitin on November 11.
He has five points and plus-six rating in 21 games played with the Blues this season.