RALEIGH, NC - Vladimir Sobotka skated with the team in Saturday's morning skate, but he won't be in the lineup when the Blues meet the Carolina Hurricanes at 6 p.m. CT at PNC Arena (FSMW, KMOX).
"We had said we would use this skate today to determine if he was ready," said Blues Head Coach Mike Yeo. "We felt one more day would be best for him… He's been off the ice for awhile so it's pretty tough to have two quick skates and then hop into a game."
Yeo said he hopes to get Sobotka in the lineup on Sunday when the Blues return home to face the Colorado Avalanche in the regular season finale.
For tonight though, the Blues also will be without Jori Lehtera, who is sick.
"He wasn't feeling well so we kept him away," Yeo said. "We've got enough healthy guys, so we might as well play healthy guys."
Carter Hutton will start in goal.
Here is the projected lineup for tonight's game against the Hurricanes:
Jaden Schwartz - Ivan Barbashev - Vladimir Tarasenko
Alexander Steen - Patrik Berglund - David Perron
Dmitrij Jaskin - Zach Sanford - Magnus Paajarvi
Scottie Upshall - Kyle Brodziak - Ryan Reaves
Jay Bouwmeester - Alex Pietrangelo
Joel Edmundson - Colton Parayko
Carl Gunnarsson - Jordan Schmaltz