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Alex Pietrangelo Injury: St. Louis Blues Defenseman Will Play In Game 3

St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, who missed Game 2 after suffering a knee injury in Game 1, is set to return to the ice on Thursday night in Los Angeles, according to Ken Hitchcock.

Pietrangelo skated this morning at the Staples Center, and after practice, Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said the defenseman is ready to return. Pietrangelo missed Game 2 Monday with a knee injury, suffered on the hit by Dwight King late in the second period of the series opener.

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The puck drops in Game 3 at 9:00 p.m. CT.

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