(HockeySTL) -- Blues general manager Doug Armstrong, just one day after making the announcement that All-Star defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk would undergo abdominal surgery in the coming week, confirmed the status of two other injured players.
The Blues GM told reporters Tuesday that Patrik Berglund is suffering from a shoulder injury, while Jori Lehtera is dealing with concussion symptoms.
The confirmation was given on the same day as the team’s third consecutive game without the two forwards in the lineup. Both were injured last Thursday in a 5-4 shootout win over Nashville.
Lehtera’s injury can be deemed more serious than Berglund’s and comes without a timetable. It occurred six days ago when Lehtera slid head-first into the defensive-zone end boards. He was seen exiting the medical room, still in uniform, as the rest of the players were leaving the rink following the win over the Predators. But the team did not comment on his status until Tuesday.
“He went sliding into the boards,” Armstrong told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “It looked relatively innocent, but he must have hit it the right way. He is still showing some symptoms, so we’re obviously going to be very careful.”
Lehtera has not been seen around the team, while Berglund has been present at most events, including Tuesday’s game against Tampa Bay.
It appears that Berglund re-aggravated a shoulder injury that occurred toward the end of last season. The forward has not skated since last Thursday when he slammed into the glass near the Zamboni entrance. However, Berglund travelled with the team on its two-game weekend trip. Armstrong said the forward is day-to-day.
The Blues were introduced to their first taste of action with the two forwards, as well as Shattenkirk, out of the lineup on Tuesday. The missing parts were noticeable, despite the club earning its 11th win in its last 12 games.
"We're missing three significant parts, and it has to be absorbed throughout the lineup," Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock said. "Our whole team dynamic has changed.”
The Blues haven’t called up help from the American Hockey League yet. But with six games in the next ten days, that may become a necessity.
"We can't dwell on what we're missing,” said Blues captain David Backes. “We've got to move forward with the 20 guys in the lineup. These things happen and everyone will have to pick it up just a little bit and keep moving forward."