The St. Louis Blues have been struggling to put the puck in the back of the net during their first three games against the Los Angeles Kings in the NHL Playoffs, so it should come as no surprise that Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock is inserting 21-year-old sensation Vladimir Tarasenko.
Tarasenko has been slowed down since suffering a concussion and missing ten games earlier this year, but Hitchcock is ready to give him a chance on the sport’s biggest stage.
“Until the (concussion), he was a good player. He came back a little tentative from the injury,” Hitchcock said, via Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I think when you have a player who contributes like he does and is strong on the puck, determined as he is, and as big as he is, he is an asset that we can use.”
Tarasenko was only able to score two goals after his concussion and those both came against the Kings.
St. Louis will be hoping to have that same kind of magic from the Russian right winger tonight at the Staples Center.