NASHVILLE - After a 3-1 loss to Nashville in Game 3, Blues Head Coach Mike Yeo hinted that there might be a few lineup changes before tonight's Game 4 (8:30 p.m., NBCSN, Y98 FM).
"We've got a group that got us here and we still have a lot of confidence. There's no panic on our side," Yeo said. "But that doesn't mean we're not going to try to tweak some things and find some ways to get a little bit stronger in our game and find some better combinations. That's what we'll be looking for."
After practice on Tuesday morning, Yeo still wasn't ready to reveal those changes, only saying he was trying to find players to help his team get to their game faster.
"For us, our game is not going to change. We might make some tactical changes, some adjustments, we might make some personnel changes," Yeo said. "But the essence of what we're trying to accomplish as a team and the game that we want to play is not going to change. What we're looking for is people to help us get to that game."
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Two options that could return to the lineup for the Blues are Zach Sanford and Magnus Paajarvi. Yeo was asked about those players specifically and said both of them could help the Blues better get to their game.
Below are his comments:
"If he gets back in there, he's a guy that's got some size and skating ability. The games are fast. (Nashville) is a skating team, a team that skates to check. There's not a lot of space out there, but he's got poise and execution. Whether it's on the wall to help us execute to get out of our zone a little quicker, allow us to get on the attack and get to their offense zone a little bit more, and obviously he's got the ability to make a play in the offensive zone, create something offensive. He's just a guy that can help us get to our game just a little bit better."
"If he gets in there, he's another guy that helps us get to our game. His speed - again, it's a fast pace out there. His speed to get up the ice and make something happen off the rush, but it's a little bit more his pressure - his pressure on the forecheck, to win races to loose pucks. There were some things we did well, there were some things we didn't do well enough. The difference was they got to their game better than we got to ours. I think both of those guys are guys that can help us rectify that."
If Sanford and/or Paajarvi return, it's not clear who would come out.
Presumably, the defensive pairings are likely to stay the same and Jake Allen is expected to start in goal.
Video: Yeo answers questions before Game 4 in Nashville