Lehtera (concussion) is listed as out for Monday's game against Arizona, Tom Timmerman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The Blues have danced around this injury since Lehtera was scratched from a game two weeks ago after taking a puck off the head. Monday's game will be the ninth consecutive one he's missed and there's no indication that Lehtera's close to returning.
Lehtera (concussion) rode the stationary bike at Friday's practice, which all but rules him out for Saturday's game against the Flames, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports. Until he can get back on the ice for at least a practice or two, Lehtera will remain without a firm timeline to return. The 29-year-old was riding an eight-game point-less streak before missing his last seven games to injury, so he's not likely to be considered a hot commodity in most formats as the fantasy season winds down.
Coach Mike Yeo was unable to provide much of an update Tuesday on the status of Lehtera, who has missed five games due to concussion symptoms, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. "No, nothing there," Yeo said when asked about the forward's status in advance of Tuesday's game against the Avs. Consider Lehtera day-to-day for the time being.
Lehtera's injury, which forced him to stay home while the Blues traveled for a West Coast swing, has been identified as an upper-body issue, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Initially, the Blues hadn't indicated the nature of the injury, though it was commonly thought that Lehtera was hurt after taking a puck to the head last Friday against Anaheim. Regardless of how the Blues want to classify the injury, the fact that Lehtera stayed home leaves his availability for the rest of the road trip (which runs through next Tuesday) uncertain. Ivan Barbashev has stepped into the active lineup as a result.
Lehtera (head) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Kings, Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Lehtera didn't even make the trip with the Blues to Los Angeles, suggesting that his status for the remaining four games of the team's West Coast road swing could be in peril. The center first succumbed to the injury after taking a puck to the head in Friday's win over the Ducks, but the Blues haven't indicated whether Lehtera is suffering from concussion-like symptoms.
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