Tarasenko will be exposed by the Blues for Wednesday's Seattle expansion draft, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports. Tarasenko has missed most of the last two seasons due to shoulder injuries, and the handling of his corresponding surgeries has evidently created a divide between he and the Blues, so this news doesn't come as a complete surprise. The 29-year-old winger has, however, remained productive when healthy, picking up seven goals and 24 points in 34 contests over the past two campaigns, so it would hardly be shocking to see the Kraken select him in the expansion draft.
Tarasenko scored a pair of goals, including one on the power play, in Sunday's 5-2 loss to Colorado in Game 4. Tarasenko buried a breakaway chance to open the scoring 4:25 into the second period, then he brought the Blues to within 3-2 midway through the final frame with a wrist shot from the left circle on a St. Louis power play. The goals were Tarasenko's only points of the series, and the 29-year-old had just seven shots with a minus-8 rating in the four games.
Tarasenko (lower body) will play in Monday's Game 1 against the Avalanche, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports. Tarasenko will return to the lineup for the first time since May 3 for the start of the postseason. The five-time 30-goal scorer's return will be a welcome sight for a Blues team that will be without David Perron (COVID-19 protocols). Tarasenko should slot into a top-six role and work on the top power-play unit.
Tarasenko (lower body) participated in Saturday's practice, but his status for Monday's series opener against the Avalanche remains uncertain, Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Tarasenko missed the final six games of the regular season with this injury, and he totaled a pedestrian four goals and 10 assists in 24 games before then as he made his return to the ice following shoulder surgery. Despite his lack of productivity this season, the Russian winger's still capable of providing a major offensive boost if he plays, and Tarasenko's presence will become even more vital if the Blues end up being without leading scorer David Perron (COVID-19 protocols).
Tarasenko (lower body) is in doubt for Monday's Game 1 versus Colorado, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports. After missing the first two months of the season with a shoulder problem, Tarasenko has now been sidelined for the Blues' last six games due to his lower-body problem. Prior to getting hurt, the Russian winger was struggling to rack up goals with just one tally in his last nine appearances. With injuries limiting his games, Tarasenko has now missed the 30-goal mark in two consecutive seasons.
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