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Blues' Parayko to be game-time decision vs. Wild

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St. Louis Blues defenseman Colton Parayko will be a game-time decision Saturday against the Minnesota Wild, coach Ken Hitchcock said Friday.

Parayko was seen in a walking boot Friday and did not take part in the Blues' optional practice. Hitchcock said the walking boot was more for precaution than anything serious. He didn't disclose the nature of any injury Parayko might have.

Parayko, 23, scored the game-winning goal Thursday in a 2-1 victory against the Anaheim Ducks. He also had 10 shots on goal; the last rookie to have at least 10 shots on goal in a game was Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals on April 7, 2006.

In 10 games Parayko has four goals and seven points.

"He's around big points right now, which is a good sign for us right now," Hitchcock said after the game Thursday. "He's getting a lot of big points, timely points, timely goals, timely assists, whatever. He's having a big impact with us right now."

Forward Vladimir Tarasenko was also banged up Thursday, but Hitchcock told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "He's good, he's ready to go." Tarasenko, who scored the first goal against the Ducks, was hit by Anaheim forward Shawn Horcoff with four minutes to play in the second period. He left the ice favoring his left leg and did not return for the remainder of the period but came back for the third and said afterward he felt good.

The Blues already are missing defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (lower body), and forwards Jaden Schwartz (ankle), Paul Stastny (foot) and Patrik Berglund (shoulder).

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