When the Blues' defense is healthy, Ian Cole appears to be the odd man out. But the 2007 first-round pick is making that decision difficult to support these days.
Cole recently played a stretch of eight consecutive games while Carlo Colaiacovo sat out with a hamstring njury. He came out of it with a plus-5 rating intact, but when Colaiacovo returned, Cole went back to being a healthy scratch.
With Kevin Shattenkirk out sick Thursday against Anaheim, Cole was a late addition to the lineup. He responded with a goal, an assist and a plus-2 rating in the Blues' 4-2 win over the Ducks.
Cole, 22, scored his second-career goal in the second period. He had an assist on a first-period goal by Chris Porter. Both players were late additions to the lineup.
"That was really helpful," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. "Those guys contributed. They were in on a couple of goals... they really helped us."
Cole is now a plus-7 on the season and hasn't had a minus-rating in any of his 11 games this...