The Sharks are expected to remove Burns (lower body), who's missed the last seven games, from injured reserve Tuesday afternoon and insert him into the lineup as a forward, a spot in which he and coach Todd McLellan have seen before in the past.
"It's been a while," Burns said when asked about playing forward. "... I think it's just going to be a matter of skating, trying to shoot the puck, use my body and protect the puck. We'll see. It's good to get back and helping in any way I can."
McLellan said they'll multi-task with Burns, play him up front and in his customary position on the back line.
"A bit of a rover," McLellan said. "We'll see if we can use his speed, and his shot up front. Obviously there's an asset to have him back there. ... We've dressed seven [defensemen] before many times. We just feel that he has some offensive assets that maybe we can tap into up front. He will see some shifts up there."
The Blues are expected to get Steen (upper body) back into the lineup after missing the previous seven games. Steen was skating with Backes and Stewart during the Blues' morning skate Tuesday but coach Ken Hitchcock said his status won't be determined until sometime Tuesday afternoon.
"Steen took a full skate today," Hitchcock said. "We'll see how he feels in a few hours. If he feels OK, then we'll talk to him. If not, then we'll wait on that. It's a very fluid roster right now.
"I don't know our lineup. You have to buy a ticket and figure it out later on just like we will later on. ... We'll find out here in a couple hours."
McDonald and Tarasenko, who have missed seven and eight games, respectively, also took part in the morning skate and skated hard but are not ready to return yet. They both seem to be close based on their activity in recent days.