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Stastny injury not believed to be long-term

New York Rangers v St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Paul Stastny #26 of the St. Louis Blues waits for a face off against the New York Rangers on October 9, 2014 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Scott Rovak/NHLI via Getty Images)

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There was some concern among the Blues when Paul Stastny left Thursday’s win over Toronto with a lower-body injury.

On Friday, that concern was alleviated.

Head coach Mike Yeo said Statsny, who exited in the second period and didn’t return, is doubtful for Saturday’s game in Montreal but the ailment isn’t believed to be long-term.

Yeo likely breathed a sign of relief upon learning of the diagnosis. Stastny has been on fire since the dismissal of former head coach Ken Hitchcock, racking up six points over his last five games (in which the Blues have gone 4-1-0).

The 31-year-old currently sits fourth on the team in assists and points, while averaging 19:25 TOI per night, so he’s clearly a big part of the St. Louis attack. And given the Blues have already lost Robby Fabbri to a torn ACL, they certainly didn’t want to be down the services another productive forward.

Per the Post-Dispatch, there are no immediate plans for a recall from AHL Chicago. Nail Yakupov and Dmitrij Jaskin were the scratches against Toronto, so one of them could draw in Saturday if Stastny can’t go.