NHL Buzz: Blues forward Tarasenko skating on own

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St. Louis Blues

Vladimir Tarasenko has started skating on his own for the first time since he had offseason shoulder surgery.

The forward was expected to be reevaluated in five months following surgery Sept. 17, and Blues coach Craig Berube said it would probably be a while before he is able to skate with his teammates.

“He’s skating,” Berube said Tuesday. “He’s doing a good job. I think he’s worked really hard off the ice, kept himself in good shape from what I’ve seen. Now he’s on the ice skating and that’s good. He’s putting in the work on the ice now, so we’ll see how it goes.”

Tarasenko, who began skating on his own Saturday, was injured Oct. 24, 2019, against the Los Angeles Kings and had surgery Oct. 27 before returning to play four games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

“When we have Vladi, it makes us that much more dangerous. It’s nice,” Blues captain Ryan O’Reilly said Saturday. “We hope it’s getting close here and we’ll have him back soon. His presence and the things he does in the game, he’s one of the few guys in this League that can just make something out of nothing. He provides so much for us. We’ll be excited to have him back, and hopefully it’s soon.” — Louie Korac

 

Los Angeles Kings

Arthur Kaliyev will make his NHL against the Anaheim Ducks at Staples Center (10 p.m. ET; FS-W, KCOP-13, NHL.TV).

“Really pumped to play that game, my first game,” Kayilev said Tuesday. “It’s going to be a bit nerve wracking but I think just try to take one shift at a time and just try my best out there. I think I’m just going to try to play a part in all three zones. So just try to play my best out there.”

The 19-year-old forward scored 98 points (44 goals, 54 assists) with Hamilton of the Ontario Hockey League last season and scored eight points (three goals, five assists) in seven games to help the United States win the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship.

“He’s probably always going to be known for his shot, but he does have good vision and nice hands,” Kings coach Todd McLellan said. “His play with the puck, his creativity offensively will be an asset that he’ll always have and we’ll need to take advantage of as the years go on. His play away from the puck and understanding how he can affect the game that way is something that we’ll continually work on, and it will improve over time and he’ll become a complete player.”— Dan Greenspan

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