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Projected Lineup: Dec. 2 at Chicago

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

CHICAGO - Nathan Walker has impressed enough in his first two games to get a promotion to the first line for Monday's matchup with the Chicago Blackhawks (7:30 p.m., FSMW, 101 ESPN).

Walker had a goal taken away by an offsides call in his first game with the Blues on Friday night against the Dallas Stars, but he batted a puck out of mid-air in Saturday's 5-2 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins to register his first goal as a Blue.

Blues Head Coach Craig Berube gave Walker a look on the top line with Brayden Schenn and Jaden Schwartz on Saturday and liked what he saw.

"I just made that switch and he scored a goal, had a couple good opportunities," Berube said. "Walker can really skate, be on top of people. Just keep him there and see how it goes. I think he's going to be good for that line."

Video: Walker on joining first line

"We were looking for some change last game 5-on-5, trying to get something going," Schenn told stlouisblues.com. "First shift, he was able to score. Obviously he's small with a ton of speed and skill and works extremely hard. Hopefully we can get something going as a line here, build off last game. I'm looking forward to playing with him… he fits right in to what we do."

Other lineup changes for Monday's game include Robert Bortuzzo returning after serving a four-game suspension. Jake Allen is expected to start in goal.

PROJECTED LINEUP

Forwards

Schwartz - Schenn - Walker
Sanford - O'Reilly - Perron
Barbashev - Bozak - Thomas
MacEachern - de la Rose - Brouwer

Defense

Parayko - Pietrangelo
Bouwmeester - Faulk
Dunn - Bortuzzo

Goalie

Allen

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