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Blues Recall Grachev after D’Agostini Injury

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Matt D'Agostini #36 of the St. Louis Blues tries to get around the stick of Samuel Pahlsson #26 of the Columbus Blue Jackets on March 9, 2011 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

Matt D’Agostini #36 of the St. Louis Blues tries to get around the stick of Samuel Pahlsson #26 of the Columbus Blue Jackets on March 9, 2011 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — The Blues have recalled forward Evgeny Grachev from the Peoria Rivermen to replace forward Matt D’Agostini. Tuesday night, D’Agostini took a few big hits from Ottawa, especially one behind the Senators’ goal from defenseman Jared Cowan that knocked him out of the 3-1 win.

The Blues have only labeled the injury as upper-body. However, considering the hit plus how high it was on D’Agostini, a concussion is possible.

Another injury to the Blues’ front line that is already missing Alex Steen, Andy McDonald, and Jason Arnott only hurts more. They were able to score 3 goals on Tuesday night, but have done so twice over their last 8 games. The Blues are some how 5-2-2 over that span, plus 23-0 this season when scoring 3 goals or more in a game.

D’Agostini, who’s in his second year with the Blues, has 18 points (9 goals, 9 assists), including 6 power play goals, with a plus-minus of 8 over 52 games this season.

Evgeny Grachev returns the Blues for the first time since January 3. In 24 games this season, Grachev has 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists). The Khabarovsk, Russia native was acquired from the New York Rangers in exchange for a 2011 third-round draft choice on June 25, 2011.

As of Tuesday night, forward Jason Arnott was receiving tests for his injured shoulder. Arnott was brutally sent into the boards after being hit by Los Angeles Kings defenseman Dustin Brown in the Blues 1-0 win on February 3.

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