The St. Louis Blues are coming off a nasty 5-0 loss to the Nashville Predators without top pairing defenseman Alex Pietrangelo in the lineup, but they won’t have to worry about his absence any longer:
The team activated 26 year old Pietrangelo off of injured reserve late on Saturday evening, bringing the blue liner back from a knee injury that’s held him out for the last nine consecutive games. He’ll be eligible to return to the lineup in time for the team to face the Carolina Hurricanes tomorrow for a back-to-back game, which should improve their chances of victory following three consecutive losses.
Drafted fourth overall by the Blues in 2008, Pietrangelo – a former Niagara Ice Dogs alumnus from the OHL – has played in a collective 441 career NHL games since going pro full-time in the 2010-11 season. He’s racked up 47 goals and 241 career NHL points, including three goals and 23 points this year, so his return to the lineup is likely a huge relief to both the team and their fans.
The Blues and the Hurricanes will face off tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 PM EST for a matinee game in Raleigh, North Carolina.