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Blues Activate Pietrangelo from IR

by Staff Writer / St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has activated defenseman Alex Pietrangelo from injured reserve.

Pietrangelo has missed the last nine games after suffering a right-knee injury in the Blues’ 4-1 win over Minnesota on Feb. 6.

In addition, the Blues have recalled goaltender Anders Nilsson from their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Chicago Wolves, and assigned goaltender Pheonix Copley and defenseman Jordan Schmaltz to Chicago.

Pietrangelo, 26, has dressed in 55 Blues games this season, posting 23 points, including three goals and 20 assists. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound defenseman has spent his entire National Hockey League (NHL) career with the Blues after the club drafted him fourth overall in 2008. Overall, the King City, Ontario native has accumulated 241 points (47 goals, 194 assists), 147 penalty minutes and a +37 rating in 441 career regular season games.

Nilsson, 25, was acquired by the Blues via trade from Edmonton on Friday. The 6-foot-5, 229-pound goaltender has appeared in 26 games for the Oilers this season, posting a 10-12-2 record along with a 3.14 goals-against average and a .901 save percentage. The Lulea, Sweden native was originally drafted by the New York Islanders in the third round (62nd overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft.

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