Alex Pietrangelo is going to have to keep wearing his big-boy pants. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Busy day in Blues land. No time to chat, let's go with the bullets.
- We first learned that Ian Cole had been recalled. The "college kid," and former first-round pick, had a great camp with the Blues and is in Boston with the team.
- Cole will be taking the place of Barret Jackman. Last night against San Jose, Jackman missed a few shifts with a knee injury. Looks like he's going to be out a few weeks. That means that Tyson Strachan, the Blues' No. 7 d-man on opening night, is now No. 4. Roman Polak, Carlo Colaiacovo and now Jackman—that's half the top-6 out with injuries.
- Nikita Nikitin might be ready to play this weekend. That's good news for the defense, for once.
Payne did say today that there's a "strong possibility" that defenseman Nikita Nikitin will play on the road trip. Nikitin suffered a broken wrist in early October, but the team said this week that he was close to playing.
- Last but not least, Joe Thornton will miss two games for trying to brain David Perron. The Sharks are not happy.
But hey, 7-1-2.
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