ST. LOUIS — The Blues' star defenseman Alex Pietrangelo was on the ice for Monday's morning skate, increasing the chances he will be ready for tonight's Game 2 here.
He was injured late in the second period of Game 1 when he went face-first into the end boards off a hit from the Kings' Dwight King. King received a two-minute minor for boarding and no supplementary discipline.
"Right now, we're deciding," Blues Coach Ken Hitchcock said. "So it feels good, so far. So we'll see, make it through the rest of the day. We're not going to put him in the warmup (tonight) unless we're going to play him."
Said Blues' forward T.J. Oshie: "He's a warrior. I'm hoping to see him out there."
Pietrangelo did not practice Sunday and his absence in the series would seriously impact the Blues, as he is their top defenseman and leads them in minutes played per game.