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Vladimir Tarasenko Needs Hand Surgery

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St. Louis Blues Vladimir Tarasenko of Russia brings the puck up ice in the first period against the Nashville Predators at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on February 1, 2014.   UPI/Bill Greenblatt

St. Louis Blues Vladimir Tarasenko of Russia brings the puck up ice in the first period against the Nashville Predators at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on February 1, 2014. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – This one really hurts.

The St. Louis Blues will be without sniper Vladimir Tarasenko for at least six weeks.

General manager Doug Armstrong announced Sunday that the Russian forward will undergo surgery after injuring his right hand during Saturday night’s win at Nashville.

Tarasenko’s procedure will be performed Wednesday by Dr. Charles Goldfarb of Washington University Orthopedics and Barnes-Jewish Hospital, and he will be reevaluated in six weeks.

The Blues have recalled forward Dmitrij Jaskin from the Blues’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Chicago Wolves, on an emergency basis.

Tarasenko, 22, has appeared in 64 games this season, ranking sixth on the club with 43 points (21 goals, 22 assists), while his plus-20 rating shares 18th among forwards overall.

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