Right knee injury puts Blues’ Pietrangelo on the shelf for at least three weeks

Jared Clinton
Alex Pietrangelo (John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)

The St. Louis Blues will be getting Jaden Schwartz, who has been out Oct. 20, back in the lineup in the coming days, but just as one player comes off the IR, another is headed their. The Blues announced Monday that defenseman Alex Pietrangelo has been placed on IR with a right knee injury suffered Saturday against the Minnesota Wild.

Pietrangelo’s injury came in the third period with little more than seven minutes remaining. As he was attempting to move the puck up ice, Pietrangelo side-stepped a check from an oncoming Charlie Coyle, but Coyle’s left knee caught Pietrangelo in the right knee and sent him falling to the ice. Though Pietrangelo was able to skate off under his own power, the outlook on the injury doesn’t appear too promising, as the Blues said he won’t be re-evaluated for three weeks.

For the Blues, it’s just another in a season that has been injury filled and has decimated their roster at different points throughout the season. Read more

Rumor Roundup: Bruins may deal Eriksson rather than lose him to free agency

Loui Eriksson. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

Boston Bruins right wing Loui Eriksson remains a hot topic of NHL trade speculation. Eligible for UFA status in July, recent reports claim the 30-year-old could seek a five-year deal worth over $6 million per season. That’s too expensive for the Bruins, who could trade Eriksson rather than lose him to free agency in July.

The Boston Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa reports the Bruins could try moving Eriksson for a defenseman. While that deal would address a pressing need for the Bruins, it will be difficult replacing a reliable two-way right winger. Indeed, trading Eriksson could adversely affect their playoff hopes.

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Young Blues fan makes heartwarming gesture, gifts Tarasenko stick to another youngster

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Every young fan at a hockey game thinks of the moment a puck comes sailing into the crowd and they make a great grab to take home a souvenir. That’s a moment that kid will never forget. So imagine instead of a puck, it’s a stick, and instead of catching the stick, he or she is handed it by one of the best players on the home team.

That’s exactly what happened in St. Louis this past weekend, as post-game a young fan leaned over the railing and held his hands out only for Vladimir Tarasenko, arguably the best Blues player, to hand off his stick as a souvenir.

The young fan who snatched it up and was ready to leave, but instead of taking off with his newfound treasure, the young man, who was wearing a Jori Lehtera jersey, spotted a youngster in a Tarasenko jersey and did the selfless thing: he walked back down the stairs, up to the kid and passed off Tarasenko’s stick: Read more

Report: Blues could get first outdoor game, possibly Winter Classic against Blackhawks

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Vladimir Tarasenko (Scott Rovak/NHLI via Getty Images)

The St. Louis Blues have never played in an outdoor game, but they could be making their outdoor debut at the Winter Classic, the NHL’s showcase outdoor contest, in 2017.

According to a report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Jeremy Rutherford, the NHL is “finalizing discussions” to put an outdoor game in St. Louis next season at Busch Stadium, which is the home building of the MLB’s St. Louis Cardinals. Rutherford reported that details still have to be worked out, but the Cardinals are reportedly expecting to host an outdoor game at their home field on Jan. 2, which would be the first Monday of 2017.

Rutherford reported the potential opponent for the Winter Classic contest would be the Chicago Blackhawks, who are appearing in their fourth outdoor game this season against the Minnesota Wild. Read more

Rumor Roundup: Deal brewing between Lightning and Blues for Drouin

Jonathan Drouin (Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

It’s been a month since the agent for Tampa Bay Lightning left winger Jonathan Drouin revealed his client’s trade request. While the 20-year-old remains suspended indefinitely by the Bolts for refusing to play for their AHL affiliate in Syracuse, GM Steve Yzerman continues fielding trade offers.

Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman believes a deal could be “percolating” between the Lightning and the St. Louis Blues. Friedman originally speculated Blues rookie Robby Fabbri could be part of it but has since changed his mind. He also notes the Blues want to see how sidelined left wing Jaden Schwartz performs when he returns later this month.

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Three up, three down: Rangers improving puck possession numbers make them contenders

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With the end of the all-star break, the NHL season has reached it’s unofficial halfway point, making a great time to look at which teams have been hot (or not). Most people would take that to mean who got the most points during January, but with the NHL’s new numbers movement we can dig a little deeper than that. What’s more interesting to me is which teams actively improved (or degraded) their game regardless of results and identifying which teams are trending in the right or wrong direction.

Most people generally use shot rates to measure that as they’re good indications of a teams true talent level. They do fluctuate a bit throughout the year and that movement is worth keeping an eye on. That’s what this trend report is all about because how a team is playing lately is usually a good indication of what’s to come in the future.

With that being said, here are three teams that are going in the right direction, and three teams that are trending the other way.

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Ailing Blues close to getting Jaden Schwartz back in the lineup

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Jaden Schwartz (Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images)

Few teams have had to deal with injury trouble as bad as the St. Louis Blues, but they could be getting back a key piece of their offense in the near future.

Blues winger Jaden Schwartz, who fractured his ankle Oct. 23, had been participating in morning skates with the team heading into the all-star break and, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Jeremy P. Rutherford, a return for Schwartz could potentially come as soon as a three-game homestand at the beginning of February.

“We don’t have a game circled,” Schwartz told Rutherford. “But that’s the goal, sometime shortly after the break. Hopefully sooner than later, but it’s too early to tell yet. You want to come in and play right away and not have anything holding you back. That’s my goal.” Read more

Blues’ Jaskin splits Red Wings’ defense, dekes Mrazek for great game-winner

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Dmitrij Jaskin splits the Detroit defense before scoring (via NHL/YouTube)

With the way injuries have piled up for St. Louis this season, the Blues need all the help they can get from anyone willing to step up and take a piece of the spotlight. Wednesday night that was 22-year-old Dmitrij Jaskin, who flashed his goal scoring potential en route to an impressive game-winner against Detroit.

Past the midway mark of the third period, Jaskin was in the Blues zone backchecking. He helped recover the puck, passed it to defenseman Alex Pietrangelo and started to pick up speed as he cut up ice. Pietrangelo made a quick pass to David Backes, who then moved the puck into the middle of the ice onto the tape of Jaskin, who was flying through the neutral zone.

Jaskin saw a seam in the Red Wings defense and took it. He deked between Detroit defensemen Mike Green and Jonathan Ericsson and moved in on goaltender Petr Mrazek: Read more