ST. LOUIS - Zach Sanford impressived his coach enough in Game 3 to earn a spot in the lineup for Game 4, which begins at 7 p.m. Monday at Enterprise Center (NBC, KMOX).
"I thought he had a real good game," Blues Head Coach Craig Berube said of Sanford. "I thought he was strong on the puck, he's got good hands and real good puck skills. He had composure with the puck, he moved his feet and he was strong on it."
Sanford was skating at left wing alongside Ryan O'Reilly and David Perron in Monday's practice. That line was used for a stretch early in the regular season and was quite productive, posting seven goals and 16 assists in a six-game stretch from Oct. 20 through Nov. 3. Sanford had three goals and four assists in that span.
Sanford moving up to the O'Reilly line means Robby Fabbri appears to be sitting out and Sammy Blais is expected to play with Pat Maroon and Tyler Bozak.
Oskar Sundqvist, who is returning from a one-game suspension, was centering the fourth line again in practice Monday.
Video: Berube meets with media before Game 4
In addition, the Blues will get Vince Dunn back after he missed six games following an injury in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final. He is expected to take Robert Bortuzzo's spot in the lineup alongside Carl Gunnarsson.
Berube said during his press conference Monday that he could sense his club was calm ahead of Game 4.
"Game 3, (there was) a lot of emotion being at home, the crowd and all of that. There was a different feel for it," Berube said. "And I feel today that we're calm again and in that spot."
Schwartz - Schenn - Tarasenko
Sanford - O'Reilly - Perron
Maroon - Bozak - Blais
Barbashev - Sundqvist - Steen
Edmundson - Pietrangelo
Bouwmeester - Parayko
Dunn - Gunnarsson