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The Week in Review: Feb. 8-14

by Dan O'Neill / St. Louis Blues

Every Sunday, Dan O'Neill will be reflecting on the week that was and the week ahead at stlouisblues.com.

This week examines a new Jaden Schwartz beer (yes, you read that right), Alex Pietrangelo's injury, Casino Night and more!

Strange Brew
Square One Brewery and Distillery in Lafayette Square is currently fermenting a Blues-themed beer inspired by Jaden Schwartz. Brewmaster David Wohldmann, an avid Blues supporter, is currently creating “Jaden’s Schwartz,” a lager brewed in the Schwarzbier style. Schwarzbeer (shvahrts-beer) is German for black beer. It offers consumers a light-bodied beer while maintaining color depth and taste. David and Square One plan to have this original brew available at the restaurant within three to four weeks. They project - depending on demand - that the seven-barrel batch will last for about a month. Generously, Square One has pledged to donate a large portion of the sales of “Jaden’s Schwartz” to the Mandi Schwartz Foundation – which honors the life of Jaden’s sister Mandi, who passed away from Leukemia on Apr. 3, 2011.

Square One doesn’t always brew Blues-themed beer and donate the proceeds from sales, but when they do, they prefer “Jaden’s Schwartz” and the Mandi Schwartz Foundation. If you are interested in donating to the Mandi Schwartz Foundation, please visit www.mandi17.org.

Pietrangelo Injury
The Blues placed Alex Pietrangelo on IR on Monday, Feb. 8. Pietrangelo is expected to be sidelined for at least three weeks after absorbing a knee-on-knee collision with Minnesota’s Charlie Coyle in Blues’ 4-1 win over the Wild last Saturday. Pietrangelo leads the Blues’ defense with 20 assists this season, while he ranks fourth overall in average ice time per game (26:40) and 7th overall in shorthanded ice time per contest (3:17). The defensive weight has fallen mostly on Kevin Shattenkirk, who is averaging 25:20 of ice time in Pietrangelo’s absence, compared to his 22:03 average before his injury.

This will be Pietrangelo’s first extended absence from the lineup. In his previous five full NHL seasons, he’s missed a combined seven games. If he returns in exactly three weeks from the time of the injury, his next game would be in Nashville on Feb. 27. He will have missed eight games.

Casino Night
Blues Casino Night was another resounding success. The Community Relations Department, including Randy Girsch and Hannah Uhlenbrock, outdid themselves again. The official count isn’t available yet, but initial indications suggest the money raised was north of $100,000. As usual, patrons enjoyed the pageantry and embraced the vaudeville circus theme. Casino Night is as close as you can get to going to dinner and the Casino with your favorite Blues and that’s why the event draws more people and receives heavier donations each successive year. Go to stlouisblues.com to check out some of the photos from this year's event.

Super Bowl PR
A lot has been made of Cam Newton’s postgame press conference following the Super Bowl last Sunday. But what goes overlooked is the poor Carolina PR staff, which had the unenviable task of pulling players for media interviews following a loss in the biggest game of the year. As much as we recognize Peyton Manning for capping-off his Hall of Fame career with his second Lombardi Trophy and Von Miller for his MVP performance, we should equally applaud the Panthers' media relations - unsung heroes in my opinion.

Video of the Week
I love this because it’s natural. It isn’t two fighters striking a pre-faceoff agreement. It’s animosity that is dealt with until both players are satisfied: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/evander-kane-and-alex-petrovick-fight-three-times-in-panthers-win--video-024802974.html

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