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Schwartz to miss at least six weeks for Blues with right ankle injury

St. Louis' second-leading scorer placed on injured reserve after blocking shot Saturday

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- Forward Jaden Schwartz was placed on injured reserve by the St. Louis Blues on Sunday with an injury to his right ankle that will keep him out for at least six weeks.

Schwartz was injured blocking a shot by defenseman Mike Green and was helped off the ice with 2:51 left in the first period of the Blues' 6-1 victory at the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday. He is scheduled to be re-evaluated in six weeks.

"It [stinks]," Blues center Brayden Schenn said. "He's having a great year, doing it all for us at both ends of the ice and making stuff happen. He can definitely be in the conversation, (in) my opinion, our MVP thus far this season."

 

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Schwartz, 25, has 35 points (14 goals, 21 assists), second on the Blues behind Schenn (15-21-36) and is tied for ninth in the NHL with Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid (11-24-35). He's averaging 19:12 of ice time per game, and has 247 points (103 goals, 144 assists) and 81 penalty minutes in 348 NHL regular-season games.

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Coach Mike Yeo said initial X-rays were negative after the game Saturday but the Blues wanted to conduct further tests, including an MRI, after swelling went down and found more than what they initially thought.

"That's why we got the MRI," Yeo said. "We were hopeful but talking to [Schwartz], there was enough concern that we get back here and get the MRI. Obviously, some bad news.

"It's a tough break. I feel really bad for [Schwartz], just the year he's having, the way he's put himself on the map in our league, the recognition he's getting has been so well deserved, so I feel bad for him and obviously it's a loss for our group."

The Blues, who play the Buffalo Sabres at Scottrade Center on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; FS-MW, MSG-B, NHL.TV), are second in the Western Conference (20-8-2) behind the Los Angeles Kings (20-8-3). Their 42 points are two behind the Tampa Bay Lightning (21-6-2) for first in the NHL.

Forward Ivan Barbashev was recalled from Chicago of the American Hockey League. Barbashev, 21, has eight points (four goals, four assists) in 17 AHL games this season. He has 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in 36 NHL regular-season games, including six this season.

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