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Projected Lineup: April 22 vs. Colorado

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

Blues Head Coach Craig Berube is shifting a few things around for Thursday's meeting with the Colorado Avalanche (7 p.m., BSMW, 101 ESPN).

The Sammy Blais - Ryan O'Reilly - David Perron line is expected to remain the same, but it looks like we will get to see Tyler Bozak center Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko - a look we haven't seen yet this season.

"(Bozak) is a solid player, he defensively and offensively understands the game and how we want to play it and does a good job," Berube said after Thursday's practice. "We rely on him for face-offs, penalty kill, he's on the power play doing a good job there. I switched lines up to give it a different look with Schwartz-Schenn-Tarasenko, not a lot was going on offensively, so just a different look."

"We don't play a lot together, but he's a great player," Tarasenko said of Bozak. "He can pass the puck, play good defensively. Yeah, we've had a couple skates together and it's been fun so far. I'm hoping to score some goals in the games (with him) and help our team win."

In Thursday's practice, Brayden Schenn was centering Mike Hoffman and Jordan Kyrou. The fourth line of Kyle Clifford - Ivan Barbashev - Zach Sanford remained the same.

Video: Faulk ahead of matchup with Colorado

Defensively, Berube has reunited Colton Parayko with Marco Scandella.

"It's just a matchup coming up against Colorado," Berube said of the change. "Those two guys are big guys, they're going to have a job to do against the (Nathan) MacKinnon line… Size, a lot like when Parayko and (Jay) Bouwmeester were together. There are two big boys out there, not a lot of room."

Here's a projected lineup for the game based on Thursday's morning skate:



Blais - O'Reilly - Perron
Schwartz - Bozak - Tarasenko
Hoffman - Schenn - Kyrou
Clifford - Barbashev - Sanford


Scandella - Parayko
Krug - Faulk
Walman - Dunn



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