Tarasenko finished Wednesday's 3-2 loss with one assist. Now with five points in six contests, the Russian forward has been a consistent producer in what is still a young season. Tarasenko, however, is a minus-six on the year and needs to do a better job at preventing goals. The prized forward remains a must-start in most formats considering he's, four times prior to 2018-19, scored 30 goals in a season. Up next for Tarasenko and the Blues is a trip to Toronto to face the league-leading Maple Leafs.
Tarasenko scored two goals -- one on the man advantage -- on seven shots in Saturday's 5-4 overtime loss to Chicago. Tarasenko is chasing his fifth consecutive 30-goal season and Saturday's performance puts him on track early on. The 26-year-old sniper skated over 21 minutes, including 4:42 on the power play. He should continue scoring goals at a consistent rate as he's shown for several seasons.
Tarasenko was kept off the scoresheet in Thursday's 5-1 loss to the Jets. The Russian-born sniper registered six shots on goal but couldn't solve Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck. Tarasenko will look to get back on track Saturday when the Blues host Chicago.
Tarasenko (shoulder) will play Friday in a preseason home contest versus the Blue Jackets, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports. Previous reports indicated that Tarasenko will be ready for the start of the regular season, and the fact that he's scheduled to draw into the next preseason game only strengthens that notion. Tarasenko has averaged 36 goals over the past two seasons, but his 66-point output from last year was the lowest it's been since his abbreviated 2013-14 campaign.
Tarasenko (shoulder) said he should be ready to play in the season opener Oct. 4 against the Jets, Craig Custance of The Athletic reports. This notion is backed up by Tarasenko practicing without limitations ahead of training camp, according to Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic. Although the skates haven't consisted of much contact, there's no reason to believe the Russian sniper won't be in shape to play right out of the gate. Prospective fantasy owners should still monitor his workload throughout camp, but his value has never been higher due to the offseason additions of Ryan O'Reilly, Patrick Maroon, David Perron and Tyler Bozak.
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