T.J. Oshie Injury: Updates on Blues Star's Status and Return

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistApril 10, 2014

St. Louis Blues right wing T.J. Oshie (74) tries to get up with help from a trainer but can't after being injured during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Minnesota Wild in St. Paul, Minn., Thursday, April 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
Ann Heisenfelt

Updates from Saturday, April 19

ESPN's Scott Powers has the latest update on T.J. Oshie:

Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun Times had more on Oshie:

Oshie was later inserted in the lineup for Saturday's game (via Lou Korac of NHL.com):

Dan Rosen of NHL.com also confirmed Oshie's status:

Updates from Friday, April 18

Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the latest on Oshie:

Updates from Thursday, April 17

T.J. Oshie will not play in Thursday's series opener against Chicago (via the Blackhawks and Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun Times):

Updates from Wednesday, April 16

Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun and Andy Strickland of Fox Sports Midwest had the latest on T.J. Oshie's status:

Head coach Ken Hitchcock also spoke about the roster (via the St. Louis Blues):

Updates from Tuesday, April 15

The St. Louis Blues have updated T.J. Oshie's status via their Twitter account:

Updates from Friday, April 11

The Blues announced that Oshie will not play in Friday's game:

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St. Louis Blues right winger T.J. Oshie suffered a scary injury on Thursday night against the Minnesota Wild.

Oshie was skating the puck out of his own zone when Wild left winger Mike Rupp came across and blindsided him with a vicious hit. Rupp connected with Oshie's head, sending him to the ice.

The Blues announced the 27-year-old is out for the rest of the game:

The team also followed up with more information later:

St. Louis color analyst Kelly Chase wondered aloud how much Rupp's hit may have hurt the rest of the Blues' season:

The Wild winger received a match penalty for his efforts, meaning he faces an automatic suspension until the NHL's Department of Player Safety reviews the incident, per Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Until more is known about Oshie's injury, it's impossible to say how long he could be out. Head injuries are so hard to predict. Some players show no ill effects shortly after getting hurt, while others are out for weeks or even months.

The Blues will undoubtedly need Oshie when the playoffs begin. His 60 points were tied for most on the team heading into Thursday night.