Alex Pietrangelo D STL 9 Months

Alex Pietrangelo has recorded at least a point in four of his last five games.

Pietrangelo had a goal and an assist on Saturday, giving him 28 points in 41 contests in 2013-14. There's not many defensemen out there that you can count on to give you at least 40 points on a yearly basis, but Pietrangelo's one of them.

Alex Pietrangelo D STL 9 Months

Alex Pietrangelo earned a pair of power-play assists in Thursday's 5-0 win over Los Angeles.

He also had two shots and four blocks, while racking up a team-high 23:58 of ice time. Pietrangelo hasn't scored a goal since Nov. 2, but he has compiled eight helpers in his past 11 matches.

Alex Pietrangelo D STL 9 Months

Alex Pietrangelo has gone 26 straight games without a goal.

Obviously, these kind of droughts are different when it comes to defensemen, but Pietrangelo has been a bit streaky with his goal scoring this season. He didn't find the back of the net in his first eight games and then he scored goals in four straight games from Oct. 26 to Nov. 2. "Petro has created a lot of offensive zone time," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "I think our one concern with him is that we need him to get the shots through the first layer of coverage. There's too many blocked shots." He has 24 points and a plus-12 rating in 38 matches.

Alex Pietrangelo D STL 9 Months

Alex Pietrangelo and Jay Bouwmeester had different defense partners on Monday night.

Pietrangelo was paired with Barret Jackman and Bouwmeester skated alongside Roman Polak "We weren't playing very good defensively and we needed to make some adjustments," coach Ken Hitchcock said before the team's 3-2 overtime loss to Ottawa. "We've got to get more continuity and better play back there. Our transition game from our exits was too inconsistent. I thought changing the pairs gave them a different focus."

Alex Pietrangelo D STL 10 Months

Alex Pietrangelo suffered an injury scare Thursday when a shot deflected off his helmet.

The play occurred in first period when a shot by Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald sent him into the dressing room. Pietrangelo was able to return before the period ended and he stayed in the fold for the rest of the contest. In 20:48 of ice time, he had a plus-2 rating and two shots. He is currently mired in a five-game pointless skid and he hasn't scored a goal since Nov. 2. It shouldn't take him very long to get back on track.

Alex Pietrangelo D STL 10 Months

Alex Pietrangelo collected two assists in a 6-1 win Saturday.

Pietrangelo has four goals and 18 points in 22 games this season. That's good enough to put him in a tie for fourth place among defensemen in the scoring race. He probably won't maintain his current pace, but he should comfortably surpass the 40-point mark.

Alex Pietrangelo D STL 11 Months

Alex Pietrangelo scored for the Blues in their 4-2 loss to the Lightning on Saturday night.

The defenseman is on fire, with goals in four straight games and six points in that span. Pietrangelo could very well win the Norris Trophy this season. Jaden Schwartz picked up the other goal. Vladimir Sobotka had a game-low minus-three rating.

Alex Pietrangelo D STL 11 Months

Alex Pietrangelo garnered a goal and a helper in Tuesday's 3-2 win over Winnipeg.

He logs heavy minutes for the Blues, at 25:34 of ice time per match, and is tied for second among defensemen in scoring with 10 points in 10 games. Pietrangelo also has 22 blocked shots and a plus-8 rating. He is one of the top all-around blueliners in the league and he should be able to surpass 50 points for the second time in his career this year.

Alex Pietrangelo D STL 11 Months

Alex Pietrangelo had a goal and an assist on Saturday.

Pietrangelo has eight points in nine games this season, which puts him in a tie for seventh place among defensemen. If he can stay healthy, then Pietrangelo should surpass the 40-point mark in 2013-14.

Alex Pietrangelo D STL 11 Months

Alex Pietrangelo (upper body) is available for Friday's game.

Pietrangelo's status was put into doubt after he left Saturday's practice before it's conclusion. He sustained the ailment while blocking at shot during St. Louis' game on Oct. 18.