Blues Lose Defenseman To Injury Early In Game 4

After missing the first two games of the St. Louis Blues' first-round series with the Minnesota Wild, Marco Scandella has had to leave Game 4 after just 1:34 of ice time. He will not return.

He's out with a lower-body injury, however there's no word if this is the same issue that kept him out of the first two games of the series. 

The 32-year-old defenseman returned to the lineup for Game 3, in a top-4 defense role, and his loss will cause another blueline pairing shuffle for the Blues. 

He left the penultimate game of the regular season after a knee-on-knee collision with Nico Sturm of the Colorado Avalanche, and didn't play in the final game of the schedule or the first two playoff games. 

Scandella registered a plus-17 rating and 106 hits through 70 games this season—both career highs—along with 3 goals and 11 assists while averaging 18 minutes of ice-time. He's in his 3rd season with the Blues. 

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