The St. Louis Blues have placed captain Alex Pietrangelo on the injured reserve with a lower-body injury, president and general manager Doug Armstrong announced on Tuesday.

The Blues have recalled defenceman Jordan Schmaltz in a corresponding move.

Although the defenceman has been put on IR, TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun believes he should be out just a week or so and could be back as early as Sunday against the Winnipeg Jets.

Pietrangelo is second amoung all defenceman with seven goals and ranks fifth in points with 23 in 30 games this season.

The 27-year-old has played in at least 80 games in 3 of the last four seasons.

Schmaltz has played 24 games for the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL and has five goals and 14 assists in 24 games, 

The 24-year-old appeared in nine games for the Blues last season.