ST. LOUIS - With Vince Dunn out with an upper-body injury, the Blues will have to make one lineup change on defense for Game 4 vs. San Jose on Friday night (7 p.m., NBCSN, Y98 FM).
Carl Gunnarsson, who sustained an injury in Game 7 against the Dallas Stars, is healthy and will return to the lineup alongside Robert Bortuzzo.
"Just a steady defenseman. We know what we're getting from him," Blues Head Coach Craig Berube said of Gunnarsson. "He's a simple first-pass defenseman, defends well. Smart player... Gunnarsson steps in, he's been in the League for awhile and (has) played in big games, big situations in the playoffs before. It's a good thing to have for sure."
"One guy out, another steps up. We kind of have that depth on the backend and up front, too," Gunnarsson added. "That's good, right? You need it in the playoffs, you never know what's going to happen."
Offensively, Robert Thomas didn't skate for the second consecutive gameday practice, but he did play in Game 3 and is expected to play on Friday. The rest of the lineup is expected to remain the same based on Friday's practice.
Schwartz - Schenn - Tarasenko
Blais - O'Reilly - Perron
Maroon - Bozak - Thomas
Barbashev - Sundqvist - Steen
Edmundson - Pietrangelo
Bouwmeester - Parayko
Gunnarsson - Bortuzzo