ST. LOUIS (AP) Just like the first round, the St. Louis Blues dropped the series opener at home.
Unlike the first round, they have serious injury issues heading into Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Los Angeles Kings.
Top defenseman Alex Pietrangelo was not at practice on Sunday, the morning after getting checked face-first into the boards by Dwight King in St. Louis' 3-1 loss Though coach Ken Hitchcock did not rule out Pietrangelo for Monday night, he's decided on Ian Cole as a potential replacement.
Cole, a first-round pick in 2007, played 26 games in the regular season and would make his playoff debut.
Hitchcock said Pietrangelo is day to day with an upper body injury. He wasn't interested Sunday in the debate about whether King should have received a five-minute major instead of a two-minute boarding minor, given Pietrangelo's face was bleeding, and perhaps should be suspended.
"Why don't we leave that for the league?" Hitchcock said. "I'm more worrie...