Alex Pietrangelo, meanwhile, is riding a nine-game point streak.
Pietrangelo continues to man the top defense in hockey, playing in all situations.
Source: NHl.com 01/23/12, 6:55 am EST
Pietrangelo will play tonight. #stlblues
Pietrangelo draws back into the lineup following a bout with the flu. The former 4th overall pick has four goals and nine points in 23 games.
Pietrangelo (sick) not on ice
Sounds like Pietrangelo may be too sick to play tomorrow. Then again, the team may want to play it safe with their top defender. Expect another update on his status.
Confirmed it is Pietrangelo who will be out sick and Fairchild will play. #stlblues
If you own Pietrangelo, remember to keep him on the bench for tonight's game. In 23 games he has scored four goals and nine points with a plus-9 rating.
That would seem obvious, since last September he was trying to make the Blues' roster and heading into the 2011-12 season he's expected to lead the team in ice time. Still, after an 11-goal, 43-point season in which he finished with a plus-18 rating, he is assuming nothing.
Expect Pietrangelo to lead the team in ice time and in the locker room. The 21-year-old seems poised to make big strides this season and should be taken seriously in any keeper league.