Blues dealing with more injuries as Torey Krug out week-to-week
St. Louis Blues defenseman Torey Krug is considered week-to-week because of an upper-body injury, the team announced.
Krug was injured by a slash from Nick Jensen during the second period of the Blues’ 5-2 win against the Washington Capitals on Tuesday. The injury was to his left hand.
“It’s really tough. Valuable player for us,” Blues coach Craig Berube said Thursday. “It is what it is, but it is a tough loss for sure. It didn’t look like much, but obviously it is.”
Blues frustrated to lose Torey Krug
“It’s frustrating,” captain Ryan O’Reilly said. “Obviously, he’s (Krug) a huge part of our team. Hopefully a speedy recovery and he’ll be back soon. But it’s always tough.”
The injury-riddled Blues have dealt with a short-handed roster most of the season.
This is no different.
“We’ve done it all year,” St. Louis head coach Craig Berube said. “No different. It’s the way it is. What are you going to do?”
Krug, 30, has recorded 35 points (eight goals, 27 assists) in 57 games this season. He signed a seven-year, $45.5 million contract with the Blues on Oct. 9.
Krug has 404 points (77 goals, 327 assists) in 631 career games with the Boston Bruins (2011-20) and Blues.
“He’s a good player, big part of our defense,” Blues defenseman Colton Parayko said. “I guess we do what we’ve done all year, next man in. I think obviously down the stretch, we’ve got a lot of games. There will be a lot of maintenance for us all. But tough to lose Krug obviously, to have a player that brings a lot of value to our team. Tough to see.”NHL.com
Blues fall to Flyers
Travis Konecny scored two goals to help lift the Philadelphia Flyers past the host St. Louis Blues 5-2 on Thursday.
Philadelphia’s Owen Tippett, who was acquired from the Florida Panthers in the trade for Claude Giroux, fired a shot off the post at 4:56 of the first period.
The offensive pressure paid off when Konecny connected at 6:37 for a 1-0 lead.
St. Louis failed to register even one shot on goal through the opening 11 minutes.
The Flyers went ahead 2-0 when Brown scored at 14:51. The Blues appeared to argue for goaltender interference, but the play wasn’t reviewed by the officials.
The Blues managed just three shots in the first period, though Jordan Kyrou had a stellar scoring chance at 17:30.
St. Louis closed within 2-1 when Tarasenko scored on the power play at 1:47 of the second period. Tarasenko had missed the previous two games with an illness.
Philadelphia took a 3-1 advantage when Konecny recorded his second goal of the game. The shot trickled by Binnington and just over the line at 12:04.
Toropchenko took advantage of a miscue by Jones behind the net and got the Blues within 3-2 at 16:00.
Rasmus Ristolainen nearly gave the Flyers a two-goal lead, but Binnington stretched out for a nifty save at 6:47 of the third.
Hodgson extended the Flyers’ advantage to 4-2 at 11:34; it was his first career goal in his first NHL game.
Soon after Binnington was pulled for an extra skater, Farabee scored an empty-net goal for a commanding 5-2 lead, at 17:20.
–Field Level Media