Blues’ Binnington Out For Second Round With Lower-Body Injury

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The St. Louis Blues announced on Sunday that goaltender Jordan Binnington will miss the rest of the team’s second-round Stanley Cup Playoff series against the Colorado Avalanche with a lower-body injury that he suffered in the team’s 5-2 loss in Game 3 at Enterprise Center on Saturday.

The 28-year-old was knocked down by Blues defenseman Calle Rosen and Avalanche center Nazem Kadri, who was pursuing the puck in front of the net and did not get penalized on the play. At first, Binnington tried to shake off the injury but appeared to be in pain after moving across the crease before leaving.

The team is hopeful that Binnington, who was 4-1 with a .949 save percentage and a 1.72 goals-against average in six Stanley Cup Playoff appearances this season, could return in the postseason if the Blues win the series, which they trail 2-1 entering Game 4 in St. Louis on Monday (9:30 PM ET, TNT).

Goaltender Villie Husso, who started the tournament as the Blues’ No. 1 goaltender before going 1-2 with a .906 save percentage, a 3.02 goals-against average, and one shutout in the team’s first three games of their first-round series against the Minnesota Wild, stopped 19 of 23 shots against after replacing Binnington in Game 3. He went 25-7-6 (19th in the NHL in wins) with a .919 save percentage (tied for sixth), a 2.56 goals-against average (12th), and two shutouts during the regular season.

The Blues recalled goaltender Charlie Lindgren, who went 5-0-0 with a .958 save percentage and a 1.22 goals-against average in five NHL games this season, from the AHL’s Springfield Thunderbirds.

By Harrison Brown

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