ST. LOUIS - Ivan Barbashev won't play Sunday in Game 6 as a result of a one-game suspension handed down by the NHL Department of Player Safety after Game 5.
So while the Blues will be without one key player, they also will be getting a key player back.
Robert Thomas, who has missed four games with an undisclosed injury, will return to the lineup for Game 6 as the Blues have a chance to claim their first Stanley Cup championship in franchise history (7 p.m. CT, NBC, KMOX).
"He started feeling better and just a little bit of time off has helped, too," Berube said of Thomas. "When we lost Barbashev, we talked to (Thomas) and he's ready to go. It was always in the back of my mind (that he might be available later in the series), and obviously in his mind, too. He wants to play. He's a gamer, a tough kid. He was always willing to play, but I think the time off has helped him and he's more prepared now."
Video: Berube before Game 6 vs. Boston
The Blues held a heavily-populated morning skate on Sunday, but they did not run lines during practice.
As a result, the projected lineup for Game 6 is based on the lines used in Saturday's practice and is subject to change.
With Barbashev out, it's possible that Sammy Blais will take his spot on the fourth line alongside Oskar Sundqvist and Alexander Steen.
Schwartz - Schenn - Tarasenko
Sanford - O'Reilly - Perron
Maroon - Bozak - Thomas
Blais - Sundqvist - Steen
Gunnarsson - Pietrangelo
Bouwmeester - Parayko
Dunn - Bortuzzo