ST. LOUIS - So what will the Blues lineup look like with Mike Yeo in charge?
Not much different, actually. At least, not in the beginning.
Yeo, who ran his first practice as the team's head coach on Wednesday, is expected to use the same lineup his predecessor used on Tuesday vs. Winnipeg.
"We didn't want to make a bunch of changes today," Yeo said after the gameday skate. "(Lines) are conversations you have every day… (Paul) Stastny, (Alexander Steen) and David Perron obviously play a big role for us playing against top lines and not only being strong defensively, but creating offense while they're doing that, too.
"Something that is very important to me, and I've said this before, we need to make sure we're surrounding Tarasenko the right way. He's got to take care of his game, that's his job, but it's our job to make sure we're surrounding him the right way and that will be one of the first conversations we have every day when we come to the rink."
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Tonight's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs begins at 8 p.m. due to the Bob Plager jersey retirement ceremony, which begins at 6:30 p.m. Doors to Scottrade Center will open at 5:30 p.m.
Here is the projected lineup:
Alexander Steen - Paul Stastny - David Perron
Jaden Schwartz - Jori Lehtera - Vladimir Tarasenko
Robby Fabbri - Patrik Berglund - Ryan Reaves
Scottie Upshall - Ivan Barbashev - Nail Yakupov
Jay Bouwmeester - Alex Pietrangelo
Carl Gunnarsson - Kevin Shattenkirk
Joel Edmundson - Colton Parayko