On November 24, 2008, Carlo Colaiacovo came to St. Louis in a trade with Toronto. Five years later, almost to the day, the defenseman will make his return to the Blues' lineup.

Colaiacovo will be on the ice tonight when the Blues face the Minnesota Wild at 7 p.m. at Scottrade Center.

"It's ironic ... it's exciting," said Colaiacovo, who re-signed with the Blues on Nov. 12. "I've done a lot of hard work off the ice to keep myself in the best shape possible for a situation like this. I feel really good on the ice. I think for me, it's just the excitement of finally getting back in a game."

Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk was absent from Monday's morning skate. He stayed home sick, but head coach Ken Hitchcock did not rule him out tonight. Whether or not Shattenkirk does suit up, Colaiacovo will play either way.

"He's been ready for a week," Hitchcock said. "He's a great puck distributor, he's smart, he plays sneaky good minutes. He's a real complementary player. He can play minutes killing penalties, he can play on the power play ... he can add to the group."