VEGAS - Justin Faulk will be paired with Colton Parayko on Thursday night in Vegas (9 p.m. CT, FSMW, 101 ESPN), where the Blues look to get on track and keep a hold on their lead in the Central Division standings.
Parayko's defense partner typically would be Bouwmeester, but on Thursday, Blues Head Coach Craig Berube said he wants to give Faulk a look there with Bouwmeester recovering from Tuesday's cardiac episode.
"Faulk played a shutdown role last year in Carolina, so they're going to play against some good lines," Berube said. "He's a good skater, he's got a good stick, just play his game. I'm not looking for someone to replace (Bouwmeester), I'm just looking for somebody to put in his spot, and that's who I put there."
Berube also will make a change to the forward lines, shifting Alexander Steen to a line with Jaden Schwartz and Brayden Schenn and moving Sammy Blais alongside Robert Thomas and Tyler Bozak.
"With Schenn and Schwartz, I just wanted to get somebody that plays a little more north with that line," Berube said of Steen. "I think sometimes, it's too east / west. I wanted somebody in there that's going to put pucks in deep, go to work and forecheck, help those guys out down low in the offensive zone and get to the net.
"Steen is one of our best net guys," Berube added. "That was my thought process for putting him up there."
Here is the rest of the projected lineup for Thursday's game based on the lines used in the morning skate.
Sanford - O'Reilly - Perron
Schwartz - Schenn - Steen
Blais - Thomas - Bozak
MacEachern - Barbashev - Kyrou
Gunnarsson - Pietrangelo
Faulk - Parayko
Dunn - Bortuzzo