Alex Pietrangelo D STL Feb 11 '78

Alex Pietrangelo will dress in Game 3 on Thursday night versus the Los Angeles Kings.

The team's top defender missed Game 2's 5-2 pounding at the hands of the Kings due to a knee injury that he sustained in the series opening. "We're hoping that the whole stability part gets back to our team, where we've got the right players playing in the right situations," said coach Ken Hitchcock. "There's going to be no tie-down on allowing him to play the minutes. He's going to have to play big minutes and he knows that. We waited until the last possible minute to where could play without any reservation. He's there now." Pietrangelo is the team leader in average ice time during the postseason at 24:42 per contest and he leads the Blues' defense corps with four points, all of them assists, and a plus-3 rating.

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