Breaking: Top pairing, All-Star defenseman done for the season

Ouch… the Western Conference playoff picture just got a LOT more interesting.

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Hard luck St. Louis Blues fans just received some more bad news: top four defenseman Jay Bouwmeester will reportedly miss the rest of the 2017-18 season with a left hip injury.

Ouch. This doesn’t bode well for the Blues’ playoff chances. Thought by many to be a dark horse Stanley Cup contender at the start of the season, the Blues have slipped right out of the running after dropping eight of their last nine contests. Blues general manager Doug Armstrong made the difficult decision to sell off assets at last week’s trade deadline, shipping veteran center Paul Stastny to the division rival Winnipeg Jets. Now… this. The Blues’ playoff hopes are fading FAST.

The 34-year-old Bouwmeester is usually a defensive rock for the Blues and can play almost anywhere in the team’s lineup and in almost any situation. He’s the definition of a versatile veteran defenseman. In 35 games this season, he has two goals and seven points. That’s a far cry from his days as a perennial 30+ point scorer, but don’t be fooled Bouwmeester is still a very valuable defender.

In addition to the Bouwmeester annoucement, the Blues also announced that veteran forward Scottie Upshall will miss at least the next four weeks with a knee injury. Double ouch.

After re-joining the Blues following a preseason professional tryout (PTO) contract with the Vancouver Canucks, Upshall has managed to put together a solid season back in St. Louis. In 61 games, the veteran winger has seven goals and 18 points.