Bortuzzo will be in the active lineup Tuesday, replacing the injured Alex Pietrangelo (knee), when the Blues face the Jets, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Pietrangelo will miss at least three weeks, so Bortuzzo, who's played in just 24 of 55 games, will be a regular on the blue line. It's important to note that Bortuzzo isn't being asked to replace Pietrangelo on the top pairing; he'll skate on the third defensive pairing while Kevin Shattenkirk takes Pietrangelo's spot along side Jay Bouwmeester.
Bortuzzo is reportedly healthy again after a lower-body injury caused him to miss the past two games. Bortuzzo, Colton Parayko (illness) and Carl Gunnarsson (upper body) reportedly have all overcome their respective health issues ahead of Friday's road matchup with the Avalanche. As a result, the blue line gets a major boost, though Bortuzzo is more of a physical type who doesn't move the puck nearly as well as the aforementioned defensemen.
Bortuzzo (lower body) won't play Wednesday against the Red Wings, Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. With Colton Parayko (illness) and Bortuzzo both out Wednesday, the Blues will only have five defenseman in the lineup against the Red Wings. Expect an update on Bortuzzo's status ahead of Friday's matchup with Colorado.
Bortuzzo won't play in Monday's game against the Penguins due to a lower-body injury, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. It's unclear what exactly caused Bortuzzo's injury, but it will hold him out of Monday's contest at a minimum. Andre Benoit is set to take his place in the lineup alongside Colton Parayko. Bortuzzo's next chance to return now comes Wednesday against the Red Wings, but the team should provide an update on him before then.
Bortuzzo will make his season debut Saturday against the Wild, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Bortuzzo had been dealing with a nagging lower-body injury for much of the preseason, which apparently was still bothering him enough to hold him out of Thursday's season opener against the Oilers. He'll make his season debut Saturday against Minnesota, and is expected to replace Joel Edmundson or Colton Parayko in the Blues' lineup.
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