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St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko (91) skates up to congratulate center Robert Thomas (18), center, after Thomas scores during the first period of a game on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019 at the Enterprise Center. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

Blues rookie forward Robert Thomas, who left Thursday's game after sliding hard into the end boards, will not accompany the team on their four-city trip that begins Saturday in Dallas.

Blues interim coach Craig Berube would only say that Thomas would be out for "a little bit" with an upper body injury that looked to be a shoulder injury from how Thomas hit the boards.

Also not accompanying the team on the trip, which goes from Dallas to Washington to New York to Boston, will be center Tyler Bozak. Injured forward Alexander Steen will go on the trip, suggesting he may be close to a return.

Thomas hit the boards with 11:30 to go in the first period and was slow to get up. He went to the bench, took a seat and, after the next stoppage in play, left to go to the dressing room. The Blues have described the injury only as an upper body injury.

The injury came in the same period where Thomas scored his fifth goal of the season. He has 14 points this season, putting him tied for 13th among rookies. His game has picked up when he was moved from center to the wing, though he has been back at center since Bozak got hurt.

"It's a tough blow for the team too because he's an important player on our team,” Berube said. “He was coming around, he was getting more ice, power-play time, scored a power-play goal. It's unfortunate that happened.”

The Blues have not called any one up from San Antonio and have 12 healthy forwards at the moment. The Rampage play at home on Friday night against Iowa, and with the Blues playing in Dallas on Saturday, it would be easy enough to have someone go from San Antonio to Dallas after the game or Saturday morning and then accompany the team on the rest of the trip.

Tom Timmermann • 314-340-8190

@tomtimm on Twitter

ttimmermann@post-dispatch.com

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