ST. PAUL - The Blues will make a few lineup changes for tonight's Game 2, which begins at 7 p.m. at Xcel Energy Center in Minnesota (FSMW, NBCSN, Y98 FM).
Defenseman Robert Bortuzzo will return to the lineup after missing six games with an undisclosed injury. Bortuzzo was injured on March 31 against Colorado.
"He was playing really well for us when he was in the lineup," Blues Head Coach Mike Yeo said of Bortuzzo. "Since the (Kevin) Shattenkirk trade, his role increased. He's a big body, veteran guy... He's got a little nastiness to his game."
Bortuzzo is expected to take Jordan Schmaltz's spot in the lineup.
Up front, Alexander Steen will play tonight despite not skating with his teammates during Friday morning's practice. Yeo also said Zach Sanford would play tonight, marking his first career playoff appearance.
Yeo did not say which forward Sanford will replace.
Here is a projected lineup:
Jaden Schwartz - Ivan Barbashev - Vladimir Tarasenko
Magnus Paajarvi - Patrik Berglund - David Perron
Vladimir Sobotka - Jori Lehtera - Alexander Steen
Scottie Upshall - Kyle Brodziak - Ryan Reaves
ADD: Zach Sanford
Jay Bouwmeester - Alex Pietrangelo
Joel Edmundson - Colton Parayko
Carl Gunnarsson - Robert Bortuzzo