The St. Louis Blues were without eight regular last Sunday when they took on the Detroit Red Wings. Alex Pietrangelo was one of the more noticeable Blues that weren’t taking place in the contest, and his absence had a lot of fans worried. By that point it seemed clear that St. Louis was on a crash course with the Chicago Blackhawks in Round One, and the task of dethroning the Champions seemed even more daunting without the top-end puck mover.
He was on the ice for the Blues this morning though—a great sign for St. Louis’ top-four.
Jackman left the ice too but like Pietrangelo and Steen, no issues. Get on, quick work, get off. #stlblues
— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) April 15, 2014
Pietrangelo has had a strange year. He was under the microscope like never before during the Winter Olympics, and now he’ll be one of the most important players for St. Louis in a series that will be one of the most heavily watched in the first round. The Blues have a solid following to be sure, but the ‘Hawks have tacked on countless fans by winning two Stanley Cups in the last four seasons.
St. Louis is still looking for that elusive banner though, and Pietrangelo will be a big part of anything they’re able to accomplish.