Thursday, December 29, 2011

Russell Out With Groin Injury

The St. Louis Blues announced that defenseman Kris Russell has been placed on the Injured Reserve, because of a groin injury that he suffered on Tuesday night against the Red Wings.  Russell will be re-evaluated in about three weeks, giving us a small idea of when there might be a possibility of him coming back to the line-up.  There is no guarantee that the evaluation will give him the green light to return, but it will certainly be a good jumping off point.

Russell has split time between Columbus and St. Louis this season, playing in 33 games between the two clubs.  He has scored 5 goals and 3 assists in that time, which is good for 404th in pool scoring this season, well outside where he was projected to be this year, which is one of the key reasons why he was traded early on this year.

I would expect Russell to miss somewhere around 10-to-14 games, if the three weeks is anywhere near accurate, which will certainly hurt his overall point totals, possibly making him worthy of being dropped.

ImplicationsAnother day, another hit to Darren S.'s pool team, which has not had any luck.  The gap between him and 20th place is now 19 points, going point-for-point with his nearest rival, Derek W., in the weekly scoring race.  Not much more needs to be said at this time.

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