After being run into by both Nazem Kadri and Calle Rosen during the Blues vs. Avalanche game on Saturday, goaltender Jordan Binnington is expected to miss some time. The St. Louis Blues have made it official that Binnington will miss the remainder of the Blues series with Colorado and have announced today that Charlie Lindgren has been recalled from the AHL’s Springfield Thunderbirds on an emergency basis.
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Charlie Lindgren has been recalled from Springfield under emergency conditions. https://t.co/RsNWDwn9Ay #stlblues
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) May 22, 2022
Going into Sunday’s practice, there were mixed reports about how long-term Binnington’s injury might be. Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports that “good sources” say the netminder suffered a “possible knee sprain” and could be out for “multiple weeks.” Emily Kaplan of ESPN is reporting he is expected to miss at least Game 4. Head coach Craig Berube made the announcement and clarified reports on Sunday during his media availability before an optional practice at Centene Community Ice Center.
Lindgren will be asked to back up Ville Husso who came in for the loss that put the Blues down 2-1 in the series.
It isn’t ideal that Binnington will be out for Game 4 or longer but the Blues could have it worse. Lindgren, 28, has had a strong season. He’s got a 24-7-1 record and a .925 save percentage with the Thunderbirds of the AHL and his quick trips to the NHL in the past has shown he’s got the ability to play at that level. In five NHL games, he posted a .958 save percentage and a 1.22 goals-against-average.
Through six playoff appearances this season, Binnington is 4-1 with a 1.72 goals-against average and a .949 save-percentage.
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