The big question for the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday was who would absorb defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk's minutes after the defenseman was injured Sunday. Shattenkirk will have abdominal surgery and his return to the lineup is week-to-week.
Shattenkirk was third on the Blues with 22:54 of ice time and second in power-play minutes (first among defensemen) with 3:23 per game. Chris Butler, who hadn't played since Jan. 10, took his place in the lineup Tuesday and had an assist in 20:45 of ice time.
Alex Pietrangelo, who averaged 25:28 of ice time per game, first on the Blues, played 27:15. He was second among Blues defenseman with 2:24 power-play minutes per game and played 2:17 out of 4:00 Tuesday, which led the defense.