Alexander Steen Injury: Updates on Blues Forward's Upper Body and Return

Mike NorrisFeatured ColumnistFebruary 21, 2016

Feb 9, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues left wing Alexander Steen (20) pressures Winnipeg Jets right wing Blake Wheeler (26) during the first period at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
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The St. Louis Blues have placed forward Alexander Steen on the injured reserve list after he suffered an upper-body injury in a 6-4 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday.

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Chris Pinkert of reported the bad news for Steen, who will be re-evaluated in four weeks. The injury came after defenseman Kevin Connauton hit Steen, who then fell to the ice. He did get back up and eventually went to the locker room on his own, per Pinkert.

Blues captain David Backes was not happy to see his teammate suffer the injury.

"When our best all-around player goes down, there's a lot to shoulder," Backes said after the game, per Pinkert. "Different guys stepped up and played bigger minutes with bigger responsibility and did a heck of a job."

Steen was second on the team with 47 points (17 goals, 30 assists) when he went down, and the Blues will miss his offense. Jaden Schwartz, who returned to action in February after missing 49 games because of a fractured ankle, could see increased minutes in Steen's absence.