ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Blues have been piling up losses on the ice lately but suffered another loss away from the ice on Sunday.
The team announced veteran forward Steve Ott will miss at least three months after suffering injuries to both hamstrings in their 4-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night. He is expected to have surgery this week.
Late in the first period Ott got tripped up and slid awkwardly into the side boards after trying to check Dion Phaneuf. He struggled to get off the ice and then had to be helped to the locker room. He did not return.
The 33-year-old Ott accounted for 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in 78 regular-season games a year ago and had two assists and 34 penalty minutes while averaging 10:55 minutes of ice time in 21 games this season.
Ott’s absence probably means the Blues will use rugged forward Ryan Reaves more regularly going forward. Reaves has appeared in 18 games, averaging 8:10 minutes per game, and has zero points, six penalty minutes and a minus-2 rating.
The Blues (15-8-4, 34 points) are 4-5-3 over their past 12 games.