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McDonald on IR After Practice Injury

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

Andy McDonald and Alexander Steen were injured in a team practice drill Tuesday at the IceZone at St. Louis Outlet Mall (formerly St. Louis Mills).

The Blues announced Wednesday that McDonald has been placed on injured reserve with a left knee injury.

Steen is currently listed as day-to-day with an upper body injury. He didn’t practice Wednesday, but Hitchcock hasn’t ruled Steen out for Thursday’s game vs. Chicago.

“These are short-term injuries. Everybody’s got them,” Hitchcock said after Wednesday’s practice. “All you’ve got to do is [watch] the NHL Network every hour and there’s another injury that pops up. We’ve been lucky so far. We’ve got three or four quality forwards out, but everybody’s got that going.

“We’ll get through this fine.”

Added Blues forward Scott Nichol: “It’s the cliché, one game at a time, especially when you have a shortened roster. But that’s hockey, and that’s the challenge. It’s fun to be challenged and pushed and we’ll see how we react.”

Chris Porter and Andrew Murray have been recently recalled from the Peoria Rivermen.

Hitchcock said Porter looks hungry and is “a cut above most guys” in the American Hockey League. Regarding Murray, who he coached with the Blue Jackets, Hitchcock said: “He’s a good NHL player. He hunts, he’s heavy on the puck, he’s strong as heck on the boards. He’s an NHL player that’s played in the minors, but he can play, he can contribute. He’s a very dependable, strong, big-body guy that really hunts the puck.”

Despite recent injuries to McDonald, Steen and Vladimir Tarasenko, Hitchcock didn't appear to be concerned about how his team would handle the upcoming schedule.

“We’re a little bit of a different team,” Hitchcock said, “but we don’t look like we’re going to be easy to play against with this group right now.”

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