St. Louis Blues Lose Two Top Players

Colton Parayko and Brayden Schenn of the St. Louis Blues have entered COVID-19 protocol. 

This is rough news for the Blues, but especially when remembering that Vladimir Tarasenko, Scott Perunovich, and Jake Walman are already sidelined, too. With this, they are now without five of their players. When looking at how these situations usually go, it wouldn't be surprising to see this number go up from here. 

Losing Parayko is very rough news for the Blues, as Perunovich and Walman were already missing from their back end beforehand. Yet, Parayko of course holds a bigger role than both of them, as he is their top right-handed defenseman. In 36 games this season, the 28-year-old has four goals to go along with 12 helpers. 

Schenn, another one of St. Louis' top forwards, will also be missed in the lineup. The 30-year-old is having a bit of a slow start to the 2021-22 season, though. In 22 games, he has five goals and seven assists. Once he exits protocol, he's a player to keep an eye on. It wouldn't be surprising to see him heat up from here. 

The Blues will be playing their next game against the Seattle Kraken on Thursday, Jan. 13 - assuming it doesn't get postponed. By then, it's possible that Tarasenko, Perunovich, and Walman will be eligible to play, but Parayko and Schenn will not be. 

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