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Blues place Halak on IR with hand injury

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The St. Louis Blues have placed goaltender Jaroslav Halak on injured reserve due to an injury to his right hand.

Halak is 19-17-10 in 43 games this season, with a 2.63 goals-against average and .907 save percentage.

In Halak's absence, expect backup Ty Conklin to see plenty of work. The veteran is 6-4-4 with a 3.21 GAA and .882 save percentage in 15 games.

The Blues enter Thursday's action 13th in the Western Conference, nine points out of a playoff spot.

Ben Bishop was recalled from AHL Peoria to fill Halak's roster spot and backup Conklin. In six NHL games, Bishop is 1-1-1 with a 2.94 GAA and .893 save percentage, all numbers he accumulated during the 2008-09 season. In 29 AHL games this season, Bishop is 15-12-1 with a 2.52 GAA, .916 save percentage and two shutouts.
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