The St. Louis Blues can’t seem to catch a break with injuries.
Two days after announcing that center Paul Stastny was being placed on injured reserve with a broken foot, forward Jaden Schwartz suffered an injury during a practice drill on Friday and needed to be helped off the ice at Scottrade Center.
Schwartz slipped and collided with a goal post, according to reports, during a drill. Blues coach Ken Hitchcock described it as a “pretty innocent thing” when he met with reporters after practice.
“Obviously he couldn’t finish practice, so that’s the first alarm bell that goes off,” Hitchcock said. “We sent him to the hospital to get a further evaluation and we’ll give you an exact update on time frame tomorrow.”
The team announced it was recalling forward Ty Rattie from the Chicago Wolves. Rattie, 22, had four goals and three assists in three games in the American Hockey League this season.
The Blues (5-2-0, 10 points) have gotten off to a strong start this season, but have been besieged by injuries early on that are testing the team’s depth.
Besides Stastny, who will be re-evaluated in two months, the Blues are currently without forwards Patrik Berglund (shoulder) and Robby Fabbri (concussion) and defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (lower body).
Hitchcock told reporters Friday that Fabbri and Shattenkirk won’t play on Saturday against the New York Islanders at Scottrade Center but could return on Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.