A nagging hand injury will cost Jaroslav Halak at least a week on the Injured Reserve, as of today. The St. Louis Blues have called up Ben Bishop from the AHL to back-up Ty Conklin in the absence of their number one goaltender. Halak has apparently been dealing with this hand injury for some time, so with seven weeks until the end of the season, Halak will get his rest and healing in now and then be back in time for the best part of the stretch run.
I would imagine this would be the same upper-body injury, which cost Halak a game at the beginning of the month. Now that Halak is on the Injured Reserve list, he will have to rest for at least a week, missing out on at least four games, with a possible return next Thursday, against the Canucks.
Halak has made 43 appearances for the Blues in the 2011 season, picking up a record of 19-17-6 with 4 shutouts for 46 points this season. That is good enough for 54th in pool scoring this season, 17th among goaltenders. Halak's compete levels have meshed well with the team's make-up and roster, which has translated into an over-.500 season, but with injuries to the forward ranks throughout the season, the Blues are still on the outside looking in on the playoffs.
In the draft, Halak belongs to the Neil B., who currently sits 15th in the early stages of the third segment of the pool. Neil is battling all kinds of different injury problems at the moment and is already 20 points back of the leader, Leon G.. In the regular standings, Neil has been consistent in the 17th spot in the year, which has been lasting for the last few weeks.
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