Vladimir Tarasenko RW STL 2 months ago

Tarasenko scored the first goal of Friday's Game 5 against the Wild, but it would represent the entirety of the Blues' output in the 4-1 defeat.

Tarasenko has absolutely feasted on the Wild during the past six games, with the first of those contests coming in the regular-season finale April 11. During that span, the Russian sniper has netted an absurd seven goals and two assists, including the winning tallies in Games 2 and 4. Even if the Blues -- who trail 3-2 in the series -- end up exiting the postseason after one round, those who selected Tarasenko in pool play have probably received sufficient return on their investment.

Vladimir Tarasenko RW STL 2 months ago

Tarasenko scored twice Wednesday to lead the Blues to a 6-1 win over the Wild in Game 4 of their series. He was plus-2 and took three shots while delivering two hits in the contest.

Tarasenko leads all goal scorers in the playoffs with five, but it's been a tale of two series for him - he has five goals and eight shots in the two games the Blues have won, and no goals or shots in their two losses. He will look to reverse that trend Friday in Game 5 at home.

Vladimir Tarasenko RW STL 3 months ago

Tarasenko potted a hat trick in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Wild.

Geez-- do you think this guy loves to play Minny? He has four goals and two assists between the season's last game, also against the Wild, and two playoff games. He's clearly not intimidated by the bright lights of the postseason.

Vladimir Tarasenko RW STL 3 months ago

Tarasenko (lower body) returned to action Saturday against Minnesota and was named the game's first star after scoring a goal and added an assist in a 4-2 win.

Welcome back, Vlad -- you're ready for the postseason. His 73 points this season game in just 77 games. He's a good postseason option IF you think the Blues can advance a couple rounds.

Vladimir Tarasenko RW STL 3 months ago

Coach Ken Hitchcock announced Tarasenko (lower body) would return for Saturday's regular-season finale against the Wild, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Tarasenko missed the last five games and appeared likely to stay out until the postseason, but the Blues signed off on the forward's return after he was able to put in a full practice with the rest of the team Friday. With the Blues still in contention for the top seed in the Western Conference, Tarasenko's return will give the team an added scoring boost while affording him the opportunity to reestablish some continuity with his linemates after the absence. He leads the Blues with 36 goals and 71 points on the campaign.

Vladimir Tarasenko RW STL 3 months ago

Tarasenko (lower body) skated Thursday morning, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports.

The Blues have been tight-lipped about Tarasenko's activity since he sustained the injury last Monday, but he joined the full team for the first time Thursday. It's still unclear when Tarasenko may resume practicing in full with the Blues, making it quite unlikely that he suits up for the team's final regular-season game Saturday against the Wild.

Vladimir Tarasenko RW STL 3 months ago

Tarasenko (lower body) will not play Thursday against the Blackhawks, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports.

It's the fifth straight game that the All-Star winger will be forced to miss due to the injury. Tarasenko was absent from Wednesday's optional skate, and unless he's able to get on the ice for practice Friday, he'll have little chance of suiting up in the regular-season finale Saturday versus the Wild.

Vladimir Tarasenko RW STL 3 months ago

Tarasenko (lower body) won't play Tuesday against the Jets, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Though the Blues are calling Tarasenko "day-to-day," the report suggests that he may not be ready until the start of the NHL playoffs, so the forward's status for Thursday's game against Chicago looks cloudy, at best.

Vladimir Tarasenko RW STL 3 months ago

Tarasenko (lower body) won't play Sunday against Chicago.

Tarasenko, who last suited up on March 30, will miss his third straight game Sunday, with a firm timetable for his return to action not yet established.

Vladimir Tarasenko RW STL 3 months ago

Tarasenko (lower body) won't play in Friday's game against the Stars, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Tarasenko is traveling with the Blues on their two-game road trip, but likely isn't a candidate to play in either game. The Blues believe Tarasenko will return to the lineup before the regular season draws to a close next week, though there's been little thus far to suggest he's nearing a return to on-ice activity. The winger's agent indicated that Tarasenko has "began light training," but it's still vague as to when he'll be able to work out with his teammates.