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ST. LOUIS - Injuries continue to keep the Blues from running out a full line-up each night with the latest ailment affecting assistant captain Alexander Steen.

Steen, 31, left Saturday’s game against the Coyotes in the first period after falling awkwardly on his left arm following a check near the end boards. He did not return to the game.

On Sunday the Blues announced the forward would miss at least four weeks with an upper-body injury, a big blow as Steen plays a large role on special teams averaging more than 20 minutes of ice time. Steen will miss at least 12 games in that four week span.

“Steener does everything for us,” said fellow forward Jaden Schwartz. “It’s going to take everyone, not just one guy, to replace him.”

The news of Steen’s absence comes on the heels of Jake Allen’s return. The goaltender missed 17 games and returns to team February 22nd. The Blues have had numerous role players miss significant time this season including Schwartz, missing 49 games, and Patrik Berglund, missing 40, while Steve Ott has been out since December 5th. Alex Pietrangelo remains sidelined with a lower-body injury.  

"We've been through this all year, so it's not surprising,” said Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock. “We've got to find a way to re-organize ourselves. All of our top guys have gone missing and we've been able to maintain a competitive level. This is just another challenge."

St. Louis recalled forward Dmitrij Jaskin in response to the injury update.

In 61 games this year, Steen has tallied 17 goals and 30 assists, 17 of those assists have come on the power play.

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