Blues: Tarasenko could return to the game sooner than expected

Vladimir Tarasenko could return to play much faster than expected for the St. Louis Blues.

The striker injured his right hand when he blocked a throw from the defender Matt Dumba of the Minnesota Wild on December 31. The Blues originally indicated that his condition would be reassessed after four weeks. But Sunday, Tarasenko was on the ice and took part in regular training for the Blues, he who had been skating solo for a few days. He found himself on a trio with Brayden Schenn and Brandon Saad.

« He looked really good, » said head coach Craig Berube. His skating was good and he was able to take a few shots, which is a good sign. »

Tarasenko, who has 29 points in 34 games this season, will not play Monday in Game 4 of a seven-game home streak against the Ottawa Senators (8 p.m. ET; BSMW, SN, RDS2, ESPN+, SN NOW), but he could return to action on Thursday against the Nashville Predators.

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« He’s closer than we thought, » Berube said. He looked really good during practice, so he won’t have a problem with (his injury).

 » We’ll see. I do not know. He will have to continue training with us and he will tell us when he is ready. It will be good to find him. »

Tarasenko and Ryan O’Reilly, who suffered a broken foot in the same game, have been out of the last seven games. The Blues went 4-3-0 without them, including two losses in their last two outings.

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