Blues Top-Four Defender Out For Rest Of Season

 Although they haven't been officially eliminated as of yet, the season appears to definitely be over for St. Louis Blues defenceman Justin Faulk.

Faulk has been a big contributor on the St. Louis blueline, playing 22 minutes a night, though he missed 18 games with a lower-body injury earlier in the season, and, with his week-to-week status due to an upper-body injury, per interim head coach Drew Banninster,  he'll likely be out for the final four games of the regular season as well.

The 13-year veteran last played on Saturday night, but left that game early after suffering some type of injury after instigating a fight with San Jose Sharks forward Luke Kunin, in sticking up for a teammate. 

Faulk's offensive production declined significantly this season, with just two goals and 30 points compared to last year's 11 goals and 50 points while playing all 82 games.

The right-shot D is smack dab in the middle of a seven-year, $45.5 million contract with a $6.5 million cap hit. Safe to say that he underperformed on the value of that deal this season.

As for the Blues, they head into Wednesday night's game five points back of the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference but with only four games to play. With or without Faulk, their chances of making the playoffs are very slim indeed.

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