St. Louis Blues defenseman Marco Scandella can be out for at the very least the subsequent six months after present process profitable surgical procedure to his proper hip.
Scandella reportedly injured himself in late August whereas coaching for the upcoming 2022-23 season. The present timeline has him slated to return in late March on the earliest, so he’ll seemingly get into about 10 regular-season video games and presumably playoff video games if the Blues qualify this yr. Scandella additionally handled a lower-body harm for numerous elements of the second half of the 2021-22 season and has struggled to have a totally wholesome season for the previous few years.
The harm might be the very last thing Scandella wanted at this second, as he hoped to rebound from a forgettable 2021-22 marketing campaign. Other than coping with accidents within the common season and playoffs, his play on the ice wasn’t what he had hoped for, with three objectives, 11 assists and 14 factors in 70 video games regardless of enjoying for top-of-the-line offenses within the league final season.
The place he actually struggled was on the defensive aspect of the puck, which is the place he’s wanted for the Blues. He bought caved in at even energy, with a 44.81% shot try share and 46.73% anticipated objective share, though that’s one thing the Blues as a complete handled in 2021-22, with the group ending the yr with a 47.98% and 48.6% in these respective stats.
The Blues will nonetheless have viable choices on the again finish this season, even with out Scandella for a majority of the yr. Together with the upper finish defenders in Colton Parayko, Justin Faulk and Torey Krug, they re-signed commerce deadline acquisition Nick Leddy to a four-year contract with a $four million cap hit and also will have Niko Mikkola and Robert Bortuzzo to spherical out the blue line for the season.