Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk is recuperating in the Philadelphia area after abdominal surgery last week.
Dr. William Meyers performed the procedure at the Vincera Institute in Philadelphia on Thursday, four days after Shattenkirk suffered the injury Feb. 1 in Washington.
The All-Star defenseman left the game against the Capitals after battling for the puck with Alexander Ovechkin and going down in serious pain. The Blues have declined to offer any specifics on the nature of the injury, other than to announce the need for surgery.
The club continues to list Shattenkirk’s timetable for a return as “week to week.”
He is one of several NHL players who have had the abdominal surgery performed by Dr. Meyers at the Vincera Institute.
Two Columbus Blue Jackets, forwards Mark Letestu and Brandon Dubinsky, missed two months following similar procedures.
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Shattenkirk remains in Philadelphia, where he has begun his rehabilitation process.
He will be there for another week, returning to St. Louis when the Blues come home from a two-game road trip to Florida on Sunday.
Shattenkirk was in the midst of a Norris Trophy-caliber season, netting eight goals and 40 points in 49 games before the injury.
Since the defenseman left the lineup, the team has a record of 2-2 and is just one for eight on the power play, a unit on which he had produced 24 points this season.
LEHTERA IS READY
Signs are pointing to Blues center Jori Lehtera returning to the lineup Tuesday against Arizona, particularly after a roster move late Monday afternoon.
Lehtera has missed six games with a concussion, which he suffered Jan. 29 against Nashville. He has been skating in recent days, and the club said he could play Tuesday.
The fact that the Blues re-assigned forward Ty Rattie to their American Hockey League affiliate Monday makes it more likely that Lehtera is ready. Rattie played in Sunday’s 4-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.
Rattie returns to the Chicago Wolves of the AHL after playing in five games with the Blues this season. He registered his first NHL point, an assist, in a 3-0 win over Buffalo on Feb. 5.
ALLEN IN NET
After back-to-back losses for goaltender Brian Elliott, Jake Allen will get the nod Tuesday night against Arizona.
Allen is 15-5-2 this season and has won his last five decisions, although in his most recent outing he allowed three goals on 16 shots after relieving Elliott in an eventual 7-1 loss to Columbus last week.