THIS AND THAT: One of the reasons the St. Louis Blues believed they could trade David Perron to the Edmonton Oilers was the idea that a pair of youngsters, Vladimir Tarasenko, and Jaden Schwartz, were ready to stay up and play more prominent roles on the team. Both responded with 20-goal seasons, helping to balance the team’s scoring, but they had some bad news Sunday, when it was learned that Tarasenko will require surgery on his right hand, injured in a 4-1 win over Nashville, and would miss a minimum of six weeks. It means the Blues will need to muddle along without him, likely through the first round of the playoffs, possibly longer … The NHL announced that last Monday’s postponed game between the Dallas Stars and Columbus Blue Jackets would be rescheduled for Apr. 9. The original game was stopped at 6:23 of the first period following a medical emergency to the Stars’ Rich Peverley. The game will be played for the full 60 minutes of regulation, plus any potential overtime, but the Blue Jackets will be ahead 1-0 – the score at the time played was stopped. The league established a similar precedent in a Nov. 21, 2005 game between Detroit and Nashville that involved a similar medical emergency involving Detroit’s Jiri Fischer … Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League is nearing the end of the first round of its playoffs, with the No. 8 seeded team, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, pushing top-seeded Moscow Dynamo to the limit, with a 6-0 win in Game 6. Yaroslavl is being coached by Canadian Dave King … The Detroit Red Wings may get centre Darren Helm back this week and if that doesn’t sound like a big deal, think of it this way. Helm will slot in on a two-top role – behind David Legwand – because of injuries that have sidelined, among others, Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Stephen Weiss. The fact that Detroit is still scratching out wins and staying within hailing distance of a playoff spot is reminiscent of last year, when they did it as well, and then knocked off a higher-seeded Anaheim team and had Chicago on the ropes before ultimately faltering. The Red Wings scare everybody just because it they make it and they get healthy, they will be a dangerous lower-seeded team again … The Red Wings have made the playoffs for 22 consecutive seasons … Pittsburgh right winger James Neal is out again, this time with a concussion. When healthy, Neal has been productive this year (49 points in 44 games). Brian Gibbons slots into his spot on the line with Evgeni Malkin and Jussi Jokinen … Calgary hasn’t had much of a reason to celebrate this year, but the Flames do lead the NHL in one category – shorthanded goals. They have 11 this year, four from Mikael Backlund, who is tied with the Bruins’ Brad Marchand and the Lightning’s Tyler Johnson for the NHL lead. Backlund had not scored a shorthanded goal in his first 170 NHL games prior to this year.
Follow me on Twitter @eduhatschek