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Projected Lineup: Game 2 vs. Predators

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUIS - Blues Head Coach Mike Yeo will make one lineup change tonight for Game 2 vs. Nashville (7 p.m. CT, NBCSN, Y98 FM).

Ivan Barbashev will return to the lineup after sitting out the last two games, while Magnus Paajarvi will sit out tonight.

"We like to give players a chance to respond and a chance to get back in there when they're coming out of the lineup," said Yeo. "We saw what that did for (Jori Lehtera). It's in no way anything against Magnus. We're very grateful and appreciative of what he's done and what he can do for us, but 'Barby' has been a good player for us for a long time, too.

"Having him in the lineup, he'll be energized and bring a physical element… When he gets the puck of the offensive zone, he has a chance to create something. We'll see how he does tonight."

Barbashev has played in four playoff games but has yet to register a point. In the regular season, the rookie made an instant impact and earned a regular spot in the lineup, contributing five goals and seven assists (12 points) in 30 games.

Here is the rest of the projected lineup for Game 2:


Jaden Schwartz - Paul Stastny - Vladimir Tarasenko
Alexander Steen - Patrik Berglund - David Perron
Ivan Barbashev - Jori Lehtera - Vladimir Sobotka
Scottie Upshall - Kyle Brodziak - Ryan Reaves


Jay Bouwmeester - Alex Pietrangelo
Joel Edmundson - Colton Parayko
Carl Gunnarsson - Robert Bortuzzo


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